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A good resume can be your ticket to an amazing career, but you need to do the work first to make sure you’re presenting a good face to a potential employer. We’ve consulted with experts to bring you some useful advice that you can use when crafting your next resume. Take a look at these tips and take another step toward your dream job.
Write a descriptive, engaging summary
The summary is one of the first things a hiring manager or prospective employer may see on your resume. In addition to being an accurate snapshot of your character, the summary should also be punchy and memorable. The summary in this resume appears to be accurate, but it does not point out anything remarkable or outstanding about this applicant. Here is an example of how you could take a generic summary and turn it into a unique and effective one. WRONG: In the fast paced environment of a gas station I still manged to create a connection with many of my customers while developing a trusted assurance with my boss that the tasks assigned would be accomplished in a timely manner. RIGHT: As a driven and customer service-oriented professional, I am accustomed to working in fast-paced environments while maintaining a pleasant demeanor and focusing on building customer relationships. Superiors notice and reward my reliability and conscientiousness, and I pride myself on accomplishing tasks in a timely manner.
Use bullets to describe job duties
Sometimes hiring managers may need to read a lot of other resumes before they get to yours. Because of this, you should make your resume as easy to read and understand as possible. When writing about your duties at a job, break up each item into a separate bullet instead of one paragraph separated by commas. Here is an example of how one could revise the duties listed for the assistant manager position in this resume. WRONG: @3 yrs became an assistant manger- ran shift, bank duties, paper work to and from home office, handled incoming fuel and merchandise, made orders for new product, handled customer service issues, organized sales contest for employees, maintained store funds RIGHT:
When possible, try to include measurable indicators of how successful you were at a job in these bullet points. Metrics can include a number of things, including sales made, money saved and anything else you can quantify.
You probably don’t need to include your high school education
Unless high school was your only education, you do not need to state any information about high school education on your resume. If you list higher education, it’s generally understood that you have a high school education.
Remember to carefully proofread and edit your resume
There’s nothing worse than discovering a typo in your resume after you’ve already sent it to dozens of people. Avoid running into this embarrassing occurrence and read your resume carefully, at least two or three times, before you send it out. In the sample assistant manager resume, the word manager is mistakenly spelled manger in the heading for one job description. In addition to this, there are a few other instances of misspelled words in this resume. This is sure to stand out to anyone reading this resume, and it can come across as careless and unprofessional. Also this resume contains some inconsistencies in the way the state Louisiana is abbreviated. In addition to checking for errors, you should also check for consistency. These tips are sure to elevate the professionalism of your next Kaplan University student resume. Try Live Career’s Resume Builder today and you’ll be an unstoppable job-getting force.