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If you’re preparing your job application, it can be incredibly helpful to have resume samples and expert advice. To help you with this process, we have selected a sample resume and have reviewed it for improvements. Make note of the issues and find ways to easily fix these common problems.
Always use bullets when making a list
This sample resume lists the licenses that the applicant has received. This information is important and relevant to the job; however, failure to use bullets consistently throughout the resume can cause certain sections to look sloppy. Compare these two methods: WRONG: Licenses Dental Assistant Certificate CPR certified RIGHT: Licenses
This minor change will allow your resume to look more organized and can let it stand apart from the others.
The sample resume could use some reorganization so that the most important information is seen first. Often, employers are most interested in your education and work experience background. These should be among the first things that appear on your resume. The first two sections of a rearranged page might look something like this: Education and Training Dental Assistant Certificate: Dental Assisting2010Texas School of Business Professional Experience Dental Assistant04/2011 to 08/2013ABC DentalRosenberg, TX
Without even changing any of the wording, the resume reads more logically.
Consolidate skill list
The applicant has an extensive list of skills, and although this is important information, specific skills should be listed in relevance to previous work experience. The skill list is an area designated for listing brief, general working skills. The applicant here has repeated his or her skills in various sections throughout the resume. An updated skill list section might look like this: Skills
Enhance personal summary
The personal summary is an important section where you can exhibit some of your top qualities. More than any other section, the personal summary is a place to stand apart from the other applicants. Notice also how the applicant has repeated information of being bilingual. Phrases such as my skills should be replaced with concrete capabilities that are relevant to the job. Note the difference in these two summaries: WRONG Professional Summary Bilingual, hardworking, and reliable dental assistant seeking to obtain a position in an established dental office where I can apply my skills, and contribute a positive attitude providing quality patient care. RIGHT Professional Summary Hardworking dental assistant with two years of professional working experience. Reliable worker who understands the importance of providing quality patient care and contributing a positive attitude to the work environment. Seeking role of increased responsibility and opportunities to help patients. Word choice has a major influence on your resume, so make sure that the words you are using carry both meaning and accuracy. There are thousands of resumes with similar phrasing, so make sure your summary is one that truly displays your unique character and capabilities.
Avoid using first person
In the example application, the applicant uses I, which gives off a less formal tone. You should always avoid using first person in the resume. Instead, try to write your resume as though you are writing about someone else. Your resume is the most crucial step in getting the job interview that you deserve. Make sure that yours stands apart from the other applicants and truly highlights your skills. To have your resume reviewed in the way that we’ve reviewed this sample resume, consider using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.