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You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when it comes to applying for jobs, that impression is often made by your resume. To ensure every detail is perfect, look over this jailer resume sample and see what areas our resume experts have flagged for needing improvement. Mistakes such as these are common to many resumes, but once you’re aware of the issues you can safely avoid making them yourself.
Use professional black and white
There a few industries where a little color in the resume template may be acceptable, such as when applying to design and high-tech companies. In more traditional fields, a rainbow resume can look tacky and unprofessional. Colored templates also may not print properly for hiring managers who prefer to review hardcopy applications. For a job applicant such as this resume sample, basic black fonts and styling on a white background presents the proper gravity.
Consistency in your phrasing and formatting in each section of the resume is important both to give a more professional appearance and improve readability. A hiring manager may only have a few minutes to review your resume in the initial pass, so you want to be sure that they understand everything they read the first time. In this resume sample’s skills section, some of the skills include modifying verbs such as “possesses,” although it’s self-evident that every aptitude on the list is possessed by the candidate. Dropping this superfluous vocabulary makes the items more concise and legible. Wrong:
Detail your work history
The work history section is crucial to any resume, being where you can display your achievements and experience to potential employers. To emphasize the scope of what you’ve done, duties and contributions should be listed as separate bullet points, not paragraph format, avoiding difficult-to-read blocks of text that can obscure individual accomplishments. Start each point with a strong action word in the first person, and try to average five to eight points per position. For jobs in different fields than the position you’re applying for, you can minimize the particulars, but highlight applicable positions with specific statistics and quantifiable progress. This resume sample’s work history section is sparse on details, downplaying the candidate’s experience. Reformatting the existing information into bullet points and adding pertinent specifics gives a clearer picture of their strengths as an employee. Wrong: Jailer Tulsa County Sheriffs Department Tulsa, OK I work in a pod and I’m in charge of up to 94 inmates. I make sure they follow the policies and rules set by the jail. I also write reports when an inmate breaks a rule and disciplinary action is taken. Right: Jailer Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department Tulsa, OK
Order education history chronologically
Unlike the work experience section, you do not need to include dates on your education if it was a substantial time before, or if it reveals a gap in your employment history. However, date more recent and current education, and list all of it chronologically, starting with your most recent or ongoing education. If you completed coursework at one institute but received the final degree from a different institute, only list the institute from which you graduated. For degrees in progress, list the expected date of graduation. On this resume sample, the course credits from multiple colleges are superfluous, and would be better represented as a single total credit count toward the final degree. The knowledge you’ve gained from the study of this jailer resume sample will help you in creating your own. Go to QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to put together your own top-notch resume today.