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Like the job market, resume best practices and accepted standards change to reflect the demands of hiring managers and the economy. We have gathered a team of experts to identify areas that need improvement in this job coach resume sample and give actionable advice for revision. Incorporate their guidelines and advice into your editing process to ensure your resume meets formatting and content standards.
Highlights, Skills or Accomplishments?
Here is one of the many resume golden rules: do not use extended phrases unless you are writing your professional summary. In this sample, the applicant’s core qualifications, or highlights, section puts too many words to too few bullets. First, this section calls for at least three bullet points per column or a minimum of 6 bullet points. These phrases should be extremely short and rely compelling professional merits. While this candidate includes great information, she doesn’t need all the colons and commas. Instead, she should pinpoint the most important details and list them succinctly. A revised section might look like: Highlights and Skills
Give Enough Information in the Experience Section
In your experience section, you support the claims you’ve made in the highlights and professional summary section. While this applicant includes great details about her past job responsibilities, she doesn’t include enough information in each entry. Common practice dictates that each experience entry calls for at least 5 bullets and no more than 8 points. End each phrase with a period and start them with a past tense verb. If you are filling an entry for a current position, use present tense verbs instead. A corrected first experience entry might look like: Job Coach 08/2011 ? Current Skylands Center Offering Autism Programs ? Hackettstown, NJ
Make the Education Section Easier to Scan
Like her experience section, this applicant’s education section is full of great information and a handful of formatting issues. Remember, your resume is a visual document, so if it looks overcrowded or unorganized, it will affect the hiring manager’s willingness to spend time with your document. In the sample, the applicant needs to space her education entries to make them easier to scan. Additionally, she should bullet the information under her first entry for added clarity. A revised education section would look like the following: Education Nova Southeastern University – 2014 Master of Science – Developmental Disabilities Adult/Transition
Centenary College 2009 Bachelor of Arts Degree – Psychology Sociology Sussex County Community College 2007 Associates Degree – Elementary/Secondary Education Before you send your document off and start anxiously waiting for a phone call or email, take plenty of time to proofread your resume to ensure small or careless mistakes don’t detract from your professional persona. If you want access to more helpful tips and useful resources, use Live Career’s Resume Builder and template to give yourself the competitive advantage you need to secure your next interview.