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A well-crafted resume can ensure you get your foot in the door for an interview, impress your future employer, and aid in overall career development. By using expert tips created from extensive review of common, real-life resume mistakes, you can avoid the pitfalls that set some people back before they’ve even begun the interview process. If you are interested in an HVAC position, use this Lead HVAC Technician resume sample to make sure your resume stands out from the crowd.
Avoid using colored fonts unless applying to a creative field
When applying for a more traditional position, using black font is best. Though more creative positions in fields such as advertising or art design may be more open to expressing creativity on a resume, a black and white finish is often the most crisp and professional. Here, the author used red font for his headings. Though this doesn’t detract excessively from the overall look of the resume, it would look more polished with black font.
It is unnecessary to list the same information in multiple places on a resume. The space would be better used by expanding on brief information or introducing other relevant skills or accomplishments. In this sample, the author mentions the positions he has held in the last sentence of the summary, but one of these positions is already clear from the Experience section. Additionally, the author mentions his CFC certification in two different places: the Accomplishments section and the Education section.
Split long lists of highlights into two columns
To use space most effectively on a resume, make sure columns have under highlights or skills sections have at least 3 to 4 items, but no more than 7 or 8. In this sample, the author lists 9 items in a row, which creates a lot of unused white space on the right side of the section. The following example shows how this can be corrected: Incorrect: Highlights
From this example, you can see how splitting a long list is a much more efficient use of space.
Use bullet points when listing specifics of experience
The space under job headings is a great place to give more information about your day to day work as well as your big achievements within a position. To make these specifics as clear and legible as possible, use bullet points to offset each item. In the sample resume, the author left justified each point without using bullet points. The end result is that it is confusing to navigate and seems unorganized.
Use a separate heading for each position held
For every professional position worked, enter a separate heading under Experience. If all the information is listed under one heading (as it is in the sample), it will make the writer seem as though he has only ever worked in one position. To best showcase his diversity as a worker, this author should have made additional headings similar to the Sears entry for Montgomery Wards and Chief Pierre/Sara Lee. He also mentioned that he worked for his own business, which could also be a separate entry and be used to showcase his business acumen. Though there is a lot to remember when it comes to creating an excellent resume, it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today create your resume in just a few minutes.