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When you are preparing to apply for a new job, it helps to have advice from the experts. We gathered professional resume writers and asked them to come up with some ways in which this independent construction contractor resume sample could be improved. Use their advice to make your own resume stand out to a hiring manager.
Keep your formatting consistent
When opening this independent construction contractor resume sample, the first thing you notice is the text. There is no spacing between headers and no spacing between entries in the experience and education sections, which makes it hard to skim for the most important information. Double spacing between sections and entries will make it easier to read. Additionally, this sample lacks proper bullet points. When creating your own resume, you should use bullet points for any lists such as skillsets or duties and responsibilities. The exception is the summary, which should be a paragraph. Finally, for the most professional resume, use only black and white text. This resume uses gray for the headers and bold parts.
Create a solid summary
Your summary if the first thing a hiring manager will read. If it isn’t interesting, he or she likely won’t read any further. A professional summary should be between four and six lines of text and, as mentioned, use paragraph form. Avoid having it read like an objective the hiring manager already knows your goal or a job description. Instead, give a short overview of your experience, skillset and any relevant personality traits, such as being organized.
Avoid listing important information at the bottom
This independent construction contractor resume sample ends with a list of awards, which makes it less likely that the information will be seen. Accomplishments, skills and other highlights should be included above the education and experience section. Additionally, most of the awards listed should either be omitted or be part of the education or skills. Avoid listing awards for scholastic achievement unless they are very relevant to the job you’re applying for. You can include certifications under skills or education.
Use proper grammar
Most of the spelling and grammar in this independent construction contractor resume sample is correct, but one problem is noticeable. When speaking about a job you currently do, always use present tense. WRONG Independent Contractor Bell Construction Installed, Maintained, Troubleshoot and Repaired electrical/electronic control circuits. Installed, Maintained, Troubleshoot and Repaired Residential & Commercial HVAC systems. RIGHT Independent Contractor Bell Construction
Additionally, ensure you’re using proper spelling when you do speak in past tense. For example, the past proper use of troubleshoot in the past tense would be troubleshot. Avoid using the same words repeatedly. In this case, “installed,” “maintained” and several others are overused. Finally, be sure to use proper capitalization. When writing the bullet lists, only the first word and proper nouns should be capitalized.
Only list relevant education information
When listing your education, do not list GPA information. The exception would be if you just graduated and have no on-the-job experience, creating a situation where a hiring manager would be very interested in how well you did academically. You should also avoid listing coursework, unless you did not graduate or receive certification. If that is the case, instead of listing each course, simply mention “Coursework in Electrical,” “Coursework in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning” or whichever field is relevant to your own resume. If you need to create a resume that will highlight your most important skills and accomplishments, you need help from experts. To begin, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.