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One of the easiest ways to stand out to a potential employer is to make a stellar resume. To avoid making common mistakes, it is a great idea to look over sample resumes. We had our experts give us pointers on how this Lead Teacher resume sample could be better so that you could apply it to your own.
Watch out for typing mistakes
Especially if you have a lot of information to put in a resume, it can be tough to go through the document again to check for errors. However, proofreading is key to making your resume professional. Unfortunately, Renelle’s resume has the number 5 written randomly throughout. Because it occurs so often, it seems clear that she never went back through it. This will be something an employer will notice.
Keep numbers consistent
Numbers less than ten should be written in numerals (1, 2, 3), and numbers ten and above should be written in word form (ten, eleven, twelve), unless both types of numbers appear together. In the first half of this sample resume, Renelle writes out numbers less than ten in word form. In the second half of her resume, she begins using numerals the correct way.
Use spaces to keep information clearly separated
A resume is full of different kinds of information, but if an employer is having difficulty separating it, she may just move onto the next resume. A problem area for Renelle is in the Education Section, where her dates don’t clearly line up with the right school. She would fix this by putting a space between each entry.
Keep date and location formatting consistent
Always write dates in the same way throughout each section on a resume. In this case, the dates are written differently for each entry, the first one including just the year and the others using the month. To fix this, she could use month and year or just use year like she did for the first entry. For the most professional look, write out the month followed by a comma and the year. WRONG: Educational Leadership 2014 Nova Southeastern University Applied Behavior Analysis Doctorates of Education Davie, FL Masters of Education: 5/10 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 12/07 RIGHT: Educational Leadership 2014 Nova Southeastern University Applied Behavior Analysis Doctorates of Education Davie, FL 2010 Masters of Education: Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona 2007
Use large enough font
It may seem like a good idea to use a smaller font to fit all of your information on a few pages as possible, but using a font too small can be a big problem for those reading it. Renelle is using an 8.5-pt font in her resume, but you should never go below 10-pt font.
Use present tense for current employment
All of your past work history details should be written in past tense. However, if you are currently working at a listed job, all of those work details should be in present tense. Renelle’s current position is written in past tense. While you apply this tip, make sure to keep your verbs in first person. WRONG:
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