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Referring to samples of resumes in your career field makes the job of creating your own resume easier because it gives you a place to start. We’ve consulted with resume-writing experts to point out common mistakes in this human resources professional resume sample so that you’ll know what to do and what to avoid when compiling your own job-application materials.
Use the Summary Section to Its Fullest Potential
Including a summary section at the beginning of this resume was a good idea. However, adding more information and creating a paragraph instead of a single sentence would make better use of this important section. The summary is your opportunity to give a little elevator pitch to the person who will be reading your resume. Stating your field and a few of your experiences seems like a waste of space because you are stating the obvious. It would be better to include a few of your soft skills, and anything else that makes you especially qualified based on the description of the job you are applying for. Highlight any qualities or experiences that you feel might get lost in the longer experience sections below.
Keep Your Writing Consistent and Uniform
This sample job seeker has done many things well, including using bulleted lists to break responsibilities into manageable, easy-to-read snippets. However, the lack of consistency in writing is quite distracting. A slash mark is used on one line while an ampersand is used on the next. There are also several random, unnecessary capitalizations throughout the document, and periods at the end of bullet points are omitted. The phrasing goes back and forth between present tense and past tense, sometimes in a single sentence fragment. If your current job is listed under experience, use the present tense to describe what you do there. For all previous experiences, use the past tense. Wrong: *Recruitment/Staffing *Onboarding & Orientation *Investigated teller losses and institute corrective flow of work *Instruct all new hire training *Taught all advance training classes for existing employees Right: *Recruited staff. *Conducted onboarding/orientation programs. *Investigated teller losses and instituted corrective flow of work. *Instructed all new-hire training. *Taught all advance training classes for existing employees.
Rephrase Job Duties Using an Active Voice
Your resume is no place for modesty. You don’t want to come across as arrogant or overly confident, but the purpose of this document is to show a prospective employer what you are capable of. If your points begin with phrases like assisted with, worked with or responsible for, it weakens your case as the absolute best candidate for the job. There is no need to be forceful, but do begin with a strong verb to show that you are a dynamic worker who takes action to get the job done. It is fine to write down whatever comes to mind when brainstorming ideas, but go through each of your bullet points before you submit your resume, making sure that each and every point begins with a strong action word. Wrong: *Team Member training and development *Worked with the internal auditor to ensure compliance with internal controls in accuracy and record keeping *Assisted Branch Manager with hiring, supervision, development, training, evaluation and discipline of branch staff Right: *Trained team members and helped them develop professional skills. *Ensured compliance with internal controls in accuracy and record-keeping, in cooperation with the internal auditor. *Hired, supervised, developed, trained, evaluated and disciplined branch staff, in cooperation with branch manager. Now it’s time to apply everything you just learned in this human resources professional resume sample to your own job search. Create your unforgettable resume in minutes using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.