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You may think of a resume as an annoying formality in your job search, but you can’t let that stop you from taking the time to ensure that it accurately represents your professional history. Even if you feel that you do not have a long list of skills or experience with numerous companies, you can still highlight your assets in a way that will grab the attention of previous employers.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
If you have significant experience in one industry but you only have one or two companies in your repertoire, highlight the skills and accolades you have accrued during your time there. For example, the sample resume we reviewed stated that the applicant had 19 years of experience in the insulation industry, but the resume was only half a page long.
Make Sure Your Resume is Proofread
The insulation installer resume sample we reviewed contained numerous capitalization and spelling errors. As a general rule, capitalize each bullet point. New sentences and proper nouns should also be capitalized. In this sample, IISI is listed as iisi. Since this seems to be a company name, all letters in the acronym should be capitalized. Also, since the company name is an acronym, it should be spelled out if at all possible and the acronym should be placed in parenthesis after the name. After the first reference, it is acceptable to then use the acronym only. Another thing to check while proofreading is that locations are listed properly. For example, the sample resume in question listed the location of their previous employer as eldorado , Kansas. This should be listed as Eldorado, Kansas. There should be no extra space before the comma, and Eldorado should be capitalized. You should also ensure that you are using proper comma rules in a list. Lists of more than three items are best put into their own category on the resume, but if you have to use a list of three or more items with commas, make sure that you are placing an and before the last item in the list.
Highlight Your Accomplishments
Make sure that you have given yourself fair credit for your accomplishments. In this section of our sample resume, the applicant has listed his skills as follows: HIGHLIGHTS hard worker dependable highly experienced certified to run forklift, manlift, scissor lift experienced with metal work foreman experience The skills in the second column of this section would be better placed in the first column in the section. Every applicant will try to sell themselves as a dependable, highly experienced hard worker, but potential employers are looking for hard evidence of such skills. This would be an ideal place to list evidence of these skills rather than the soft skills themselves. It would also be worth your time to list the years of experience you have in each category and the specific certifications that you may have attained. If you have more than three certifications or awards (as this applicant does), then they deserve their own section on the resume.
List Your Experience Clearly
This sample resume is an excellent example of an experience list that has room for improvement. In the summary section, he mentions that he has 19 years of experience insulating. In the experience list, however, he only lists one company with which he earned 11 years of experience. A recruiter or hiring manager would instantly want to know where the other eight years came from. The applicant mentions briefly that he worked elsewhere, but this second company should have its own subsection and the duties should have been clearly listed in that subsection. Your resume could be the difference between staying where you are and getting the job of your dreams. Use Live Career’s Resume Builder to make sure that the above errors don’t pop up in your resume.