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When you are looking for a new position, your resume is the most important factor that can make the difference between getting called for an interview and shuffled to the bottom of the pile. Expert advice is a valuable tool in honing your resume and making it stand out. Our resume professionals have reviewed a human services professional resume sample and given feedback as to common mistakes and ways to avoid them. Take a look at the following points so that you can correct your won resume and take it to the next level.
Use your summary to briefly highlight qualifications and goals
In today’s professional world, the old-fashioned Objective section is not considered necessary or acceptable. Your Summary section should not just be an objective with a different title. Instead, you should take this opportunity to make a great first impression by succinctly stating the main factors that make you a great fit for the position in question. WRONG: To obtain a full time position in the Human Services field where I can utilize my experience and education. RIGHT: Psychology graduate with extensive counseling and community volunteering experience. Effective communicator who excels at connecting with others and is committed to service. Seeking a full-time position with the opportunity to help others through the effective use of skills and abilities.
Include the skills and experiences you gained from volunteering
The sample resume you see here presents an extensive work history that contains many previous jobs that are not directly relevant, such as delivery driver and sales associate. On the other hand, this candidate appears to have a wealth of relevant volunteering experience, which is squeezed into a tiny Additional Information section at the bottom of the resume. Just because you were not paid for it, does not mean that volunteering does not count as work experience. If you used your abilities effectively, gained valuable skills and achieved accomplishments in the course of your volunteering, this is valuable information that should be presented clearly and fully. In the human services field, volunteering also demonstrates a commitment to serving others, which is considered a valuable quality. If you have volunteer experience that is far more relevant to the position you seek than some of your paid jobs, this information should be front and center on your resume. Instead of a straightforward chronological Experience section, this resume should have a Relevant Experience section that sets forth the candidate’s counselor and coordinator experience, as well as his many volunteer experiences. Each volunteer experience should be accompanied by bullet lists of relevant skills and duties. The work experience that is not directly relevant should then be contained in an Additional Experience section, with bullet points emphasizing important skills like organization and client interaction, and with only brief mentions of other duties. To get noticed by interviewers, you need to make your most impressive skills and achievements stand out right away. Community volunteering demonstrates a commitment to human services and likely provided the candidate with valuable learning experiences; by burying this information at the end of his resume and failing to provide details, the candidate did himself a huge disservice.
Include specific accomplishments
This candidate’s resume presents an extensive list of impressive skills and responsibilities. It can be brought to a higher level by including specific information. For example, we learn that the candidate, in his position as Activities Coordinator, was responsible for scheduling staff, programming all camp activities, supervised all program assistants and counseled youth. A hiring manager perusing this resume may like to see additional information. How big was the camp, and how many staff members did the applicant supervise? What type of activities did the applicant schedule? How old were the children he worked with, and what were some of the issues he counseled them for? What kinds of problems did he solve? Including specific information gives potential employers a better picture of your skills and abilities. If you are ready to build a human services professional resume that truly shows you at your best, professional assistance is available. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to create a resume that stands out and impresses.