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When you’re applying for a new job, it is important that your resume is as strong as possible. A resume is your chance to showcase any specific skills, talents, and job experiences that can set you apart from other candidates. Moreover, it is your potential employer’s first impression of you. In order to help you out with this process we have reviewed a sample resume and highlighted areas for improvement or correction. Be sure to take note of these changes as they can help you avoid making the same mistakes in your own writing. Before you know it, you will be ready to craft an excellent resume.
Avoid generic wording
The summary section is ideal for mentioning any past experiences or qualities that will make you an excellent candidate for the position you are applying for. As a general rule of thumb, try to avoid using generic words and phrases such as well experienced, great, and strong, as these words seem empty. Remember that resumes are meant to be short and so you want to make sure every word counts.
Always use bullets when making lists
Formatting is an integral aspect of resume writing. Using bullets allows text to become more readable, and does not overwhelm the reader. Chances are the employer reading your resume has many others to review, so you want to make sure that each point is made clearly and concisely. Notice the difference in the following formats: WRONG: WORK EXPERIENCE Maintenance Administrator, 07/1999 to 07/2010 Verizon Communications — Hunt Valley, Maryland Coordinated hot-cut orders with technicians an inter-company departments to ensure commitment times where meet, made sure company had the least possible misses and fines. Created tickets to the frame ensuring customers had dial-tone at time of cut. Placed orders in dispatch status with commitment times and interacted with technicians. Entered accurate notes for every order in company database. Successfully trained co-workers on hot-cut orders. Help customers, technicians, co-workers and inter-company employees resolve service problems and filled in for supervisor when out of office. Played a role helping Verizon reach it’s goal entering the Long Distance market. After 29 years and 4 months service accepted the Buyout and retired. RIGHT: WORK EXPERIENCE Maintenance Administrator, 07/1999 to 07/2010 Verizon Communications — Hunt Valley, Maryland
With formatting edits alone, the text becomes more readable.
Pay attention to grammar and punctuation
Proofreading is an essential part of resume writing. In the example above, notice that edits and corrections were made in addition to adding bullets. If an employer detects several typos and errors in your resume, he or she might assume that you weren’t committed to producing the best resume possible. While spellcheck will detect most of these mistakes, this applicant did not pay special attention to homonyms such as where and were. If you are interested in having your resume reviewed in the way that we have reviewed this Maintenance Advisor sample resume, be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Consulting the experts can give you peace of mind that you can make the best first impression possible.