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When you are applying for a new position, what you have written on your resume is your employer’s first impression of you. Therefore you want to make sure the information is presented authentically and professionally. To help you out with this process, we have reviewed a Human Services Student resume sample and pointed out areas that could be revised or improved. Pay close attention to these changes and avoid making the same mistakes on your own resume.
Avoid using pronouns
Although you may think the summary is an appropriate place for pronouns, you should note that they are not recommended anywhere on your resume. Pronouns are more suitable for cover letters, and using them in your resume risks sounding too informal. The applicant has used the first person in the summary, which takes away from the overall tone. The summary is your opportunity to showcase an overview of your skills and qualifications. The best summaries are written in fragments and can hook the reader’s attention for the rest of the application.
Accomplishments should be listed and not described
The accomplishments section is the area of your resume where you can list specific awards or accomplishments that you have received throughout your professional career. In this sample resume, the applicant has listed concepts rather than awards. While customer assistance and customer interface are indeed relevant to a position in human services, these responsibilities would be better suited for the experience section and should be incorporated there. Remember, not having an accomplishments section will not necessary put you behind other applicants. It is always better to keep your resume organized and relevant.
Always use bullet points for listing items
The format of your resume is crucial. In order to present your information in a clear and organized manner, be sure to use bullet points when listing information. Failing to do so may seem like a minor mistake, but if your resume is not easily read, the employer may quickly lose interest. Bullet points are not to be used sporadically, either. Notice in the sample resume that the applicant has used only one bullet point for the first entry of the experience section. This looks inconsistent and a bit sloppy. Notice the difference in the following entries: WRONG: Experience City of Springfield Sumner Ave SchoolOctober 1999 to Current Paraprofessional Springfield, MA
RIGHT: Experience City of Springfield Sumner Ave SchoolOctober 1999 to Current Paraprofessional Springfield, MA
Notice how a minor edit in formatting can present the content in a more readable fashion. Because your potential employer will most likely be reading several resumes, you want to make sure yours maintains clarity all the way through. If you are ready to move forward in the process of your resume writing, you might consider enlisting in the help of professionals. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today and learn more about the services available to you.