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Our experts have a lot of experience reading through resumes and finding all the things that can be improved upon them. Some of these mistakes are very small and easy to make, but every little detail matters when you are writing your resume and trying to impress an employer, so learning these tips and tricks can be highly useful. These experts reviewed a law enforcement student resume sample, and they have some things to say about it.
Do not talk about what you hope to do in your summary
Every resume should start with a brief summary about who you are as an employee and what skills you would bring to the organization you are applying for. You want to focus on the talents and experiences you have already obtained and not talk about what you hope to do because that is not going to be of much use to a potential employer. This sample resume has the following sentence within the summary: I am a high school graduate and will have an associates degree in security and investigation and I intend to get into law enforcement. The fact that he intends to go into law enforcement is redundant because obviously that is the field he wants to go into because he is applying for the position. This sentence can simply be left out entirely or replaced with something more useful to the job hunt.
Minimum of three bullet points per column in skills section
If you want, you can use two columns underneath your resume’s skills section in order to conserve space. However, if you are going to be using two columns, then you want to be certain you are justified in doing it. That means having a minimum of three points in each column, and as we can see on this sample resume, the second column only has two points. In order to correct this, the person would either want to add one more point or combine the two columns into one like this:
Accomplishments should be noteworthy
This sample resume only has two points in the accomplishments section, and while you generally want to have a minimum of three points in this portion, there is something else wrong with it. The two points given are:
These points do not belong under accomplishments because this is information that will be learned by reading your education section. Again, it is redundant to repeat the same material over and over again, and in this particular scenario, it would be preferable to leave out an accomplishments section altogether and just relay these points under education.
Use bullet points under work experience
You want to make everything on your resume as easy to read as possible, so using bullet points is highly desirable on a resume, especially under work history. For example, the description under his time at McDonald’s is written like this: I maintain the store’s cleanliness and unload the delivery trucks and stock the entire store from the delivery truck. The correct way to convey this information would be to separate it using bullet points like this:
This can all be a lot to take in, but once you have been in the workforce for a while and have written numerous resumes, it will come second nature to you. Anyone in need of some additional help should look into using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, which makes formatting your resume so much simpler.