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Sometimes, experience alone won’t get you that interview that you desperately want. Overlooked mistakes can make any applicant look unprofessional or sloppy, so we’ve asked our experts to examine this marketing intern resume sample. Check out their feedback and see what you can apply to your own resume.
Opt for a Professional Summary instead of Objective
This applicant uses an Objective section. Resumes should no longer be written with an Objective section, because employers know that your objective is to gain employment with them. Instead, Megan would need to take the opportunity to write 4 to 6 lines that sells her best experience, traits, and skills that she could take with her to this new position.
Write in present tense for ongoing duties
If you are currently working at a job, every detail you use needs to be written in present tense. This applicant lists current employment, but uses past tense on all of her verbs. She would fix this by changing all of her verbs to present tense.
Include at least 5 details per employment entry
It can be difficult to come up with enough details to include in the Experience section, but you always need to make sure you have between 5 and 8 entries per job. This applicant uses 4 at most. To solve this issue, Megan needs to write about a few more duties, tasks, or notable accomplishments that occurred during her time at each position. WRONG: Film Crew AMC Entertainment ? Phoenix, Az
RIGHT: Film Crew AMC Entertainment ? Phoenix, AZ
Place Highlights and Accomplishments before Experience
There are certain resume elements that have a consistent place on a resume, no matter how much education or experience you happen to have. These are Highlights and Skills, which always go below a Professional Summary section. This applicant places them at the very bottom. She would fix this error by placing them above Experience.
Only include notable items in Accomplishments section
If you have at least 3 accomplishments, an Accomplishments section is a great way to showcase them to potential employers. However, make sure this section only includes notable or measurable items. This applicant includes a campus membership with Phi Theta Kappa. Instead, this should be included in the Education section with the school it belongs to.
Don’t include high school if also listing higher education
High school graduation only needs to be listed if it’s the only education you have to list. This applicant went on to receive an Associate degree, which insinuates that she also graduated from high school. In this case, High School Diploma should be removed from the resume.
Always proofread before submitting
With so much formatting and writing, it’s no wonder that mistakes can make it through. This resume has some formatting and capitalization errors. These would be easily fixed if the applicant would do a line by line read through of her resume before handing it in to be read by an employer.
Increase the font size to at least 10-pt
This resume’s minimum font size is 8.5-pt, which makes for a difficult read. Don’t bet on a hiring manager having great eyesight. Instead, make sure to use at least 10-pt font when typing up your resume. This applicant would need to increase her font size until the smallest type is at least 10-pt. Are you ready to make a great first impression with these resume sample tips? QuintCareer’s Resume Builder can help you create a standout resume in only a few minutes.