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Resume samples can be a very useful tool for job applicants trying to create their own. Reviewing a sample can clarify for you which techniques work and which are less effective. Our resume-building professionals have evaluated a human resources director sample resume to bring your attention to some frequent mistakes and to give you the tools to fix them. Take a look at the following points and use them to make your resume stand out.
Proofread carefully to catch spelling and grammatical mistakes
Minor errors can be hard to catch on the first read-through, but you can rest assured that a hiring manager perusing your resume will not fail to notice them. Make the extra effort to go over your resume as many times as it takes to make sure it is error-free. Misused apostrophes, punctuation errors, malapropisms and typos are like a ketchup stain on a white shirt they may be small and few, but they ruin your entire presentation. Do not let these minor-seeming issues turn your carefully crafted resume into something sloppy and careless-seeming. The sample resume contained only a few minor mistakes (such as employees credentials instead of employees credentials), but our experts agreed that they seriously detracted from the resumes presentation.
Strive for uniform style and phrasing for all your bullet points
The bulk of the information contained in a resume is presented via a series of bullet points. Points that describe the applicants job duties should begin with an active verb that is appropriately descriptive. The verb should be in present tense if describing a current position; for past jobs, the verb should be in the past tense. For the sake of clarity, do not combine several ideas into one bullet point. If you are concerned about the length of the resume or of a particular section, a better option would be to use more concise language and to omit any information that is not relevant to establishing your qualifications for the position you want. WRONG:
Streamlining and organizing relevant information is the best way to bring your skills and abilities to the attention of hiring managers.
Omit unnecessary information
Most resume experts agree that high school graduation information should be left off your resume unless you are still a college student or an extremely recent graduate. Employers are interested in your education to the extent that it reflects your qualifications for the position in question. Your Education section should include college degrees, graduate degrees, and relevant certificates. If all you have is a high school diploma and certificates that are unrelated to your current field, you may be better off leaving your education off your resume entirely. This is especially true for a resume that looks like the sample being evaluated here. This resume shows a work history spanning 45 years, which includes professional accomplishments and recent relevant experience as a human resources director. Potential employers will be far more interested in focusing on more recent experience than on the applicants high school diploma and nursing assistant certificates obtained in the far past.
Think about including non-work activities
If your resume shows longer gaps between periods of employment, you may try to think of other activities you undertook during this time that may be relevant to your job application. Volunteer work, supplemental education and hobbies that involve relevant skills are all appropriate to mention. On the other hand, if your gap was not filled with relevant activity, leave your resume as is and be prepared to discuss this issue with your interviewer. Want to bring your resume up to scratch using the guidelines you learned from our review of this human resources director resume sample? QuintCareer’s Resume Builder provides you with the tools you need to easily create an outstanding resume.