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A quality resume tells a prospective employer that you know how to pay attention to detail and organize your thoughts in a professional manner. We’ve consulted our team of experts to bring you feedback on real resumes, like this library groundskeeper resume sample. Use the information provided here to help you craft your own standout resume for your next position.
Keep skills section between three and eight items per column
Hiring managers usually only have a short period of time to look over a resume. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that the information you provide is easily readable and succinct. For the skills section, the applicant will want to erase the skills profile completely, as the information presented there mentioned again later in a more digestible format. Aside from the summary section at the top of the resume, all other sections should include bullet points instead of paragraphs. This helps the reader glean useful information without having to wade through unnecessary words. Once the applicant has removed the skills profile, he would want to limit his skills section to just three to eight bullet points per column. He should decide which of the bullet points are most unique, quantifiable, and representative of his skills. For instance, shipping and receiving is more important than conscientious, because the former is a duty instead of an unanchored adjective.
Use five to eight bullet points for each work experience position
Similarly to the advice given for the skills section, the work experience section should also be trimmed. The ideal number of bullet points per position is five to eight. In order for the hiring manager to read the most important information, bullet points with less useful information should be deleted.
The first letter of each word in a header should be capitalized, except for prepositions (in, of, for, etc.). In this resume sample, the applicant leaves his main headers in lower case, which makes his overall resume look weak. Capital letters, on the other hand, emote a feeling of confidence. His headers should thus be changed to look like the following: Professional Summary Skills Work History Education Certifications
Use present tense for current positions and past tense for completed positions
Verb tense can help the hiring manager know which positions were done in the past and which ones are still current. Not only does this help the manager, but it also accurately represents your work history. The applicant of this resume uses present tense for all positions. In order to fix these verb tense issues, the information should be changed like so: Wrong:
You’ll notice that we also fixed grammar issues in this section.
Avoid third person plurals
For any current positions, the applicant would want to use first person verbs instead of third person. An easy way to remember this rule is that the verb should be whatever would be natural if I were used in front of it. For example, clean, for I clean, should be used instead of cleans. This information can be helpful when crafting your own library groundskeeper resume. For even more assistance, check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, and create your resume in just minutes.