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It is not uncommon for people to spend hours practicing for a job interview. The interview process is a big part of getting a new job, but you have to remember that your resume is an integral part of this process as well. You can use the journalism student resume sample to learn about common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them. ? Use bullet points ? Your resume has to be readable in order to catch the eye of the busy hiring manager. What can you do to ensure that all of your pertinent information stands out and your resume is readable? You can use bullet points. The highlights section on the sample resume could be made more readable if the applicant had used bullet points:
Experts suggest that your skills highlight section has between three and eight points per column in order to ensure that you are sharing enough information without sharing too much. ? Share most recent accomplishments first ? The order of your sections will depend on your experience. If you are a recent college graduate with little to no relatable experience, you want to put your education section before your experience section. If you have years and years of experience and it has been a long time since you graduated, you want to put your work experience first. In the case of the journalism student sample resume, the applicant should list their education first because that is their most recent accomplishment. The best order for this applicant would be:
? Be consistent in formatting ? In order to make a professional looking resume, you have to be sure to format each of your sections consistently. On the sample resume, the applicant has only one place of employment, but has held three positions. Experts do suggest that you showcase an increase in responsibility, but you have to make sure to do so in a consistent way in order to alleviate any misunderstandings. The applicant’s work experience section could be formatted like: Sales Associate, Produce H-E-B Grocery StoreMarch 2013 to Current Houston, TX
Journalist University of Houston Daily Cougar School PaperAugust 2011 to May 2014 Houston, TX
Sales Associate, Cosmetics Specialist H-E-B Grocery StoreMarch 2010 to March 2013 Houston, TX
Sales Associate, Cashier H-E-B Grocery StoreMarch 2006 to March 2010 Houston, TX
This section is now consistent how it is formatted. ? Make sure you are informative ? Your resume has to be packed with information, so that the hiring manager realizes that you are the one for the job. If you look at the experience section sample above, you will notice that each position has five points below it. Experts suggest that you have between five and eight points below each position entry in order to ensure that you are sharing enough information without giving too much information. You will also notice that the non-paid college journalism experience is now in the experience section. Experts encourage resume writers to include relevant volunteer work and part-time work in order to give the hiring manager a clear picture of your skills and accomplishments. ? Keep resume professional, not personal ? One pitfall that many people find themselves in when writing their resume is that they share information that can be considered too personal. Experts suggest that you avoid talking about your family, politics, religion or any controversial topics on your resume. On the journalism student sample resume, the applicant includes a special work section that has a volunteer position at a church. This can be construed as religious information, and should therefore not be shared on your resume. You can avoid this mistake by going over all of your entries to make sure that nothing talks about your family, religion, political views or any controversial activities. ? Use any tools that you can ? Now that you know more about resume writing and how to avoid a few common mistakes, you are probably ready to start working on your own resume for your job search. It is important that you use all of the tools that you can, like QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, so that you can have a resume that will effectively showcase your experience, skills and accomplishments.