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When a professional polishes of his or her resume, it is imperative to rid the document of easily avoided yet very common formatting and content errors. We’ve asked experts for their advice on how to improve this Master Esthetician resume sample. Look over the suggestions for improvement and apply them to your own resume revisions.
Streamline Your Summary
Your summary is the only section of your resume that calls for a paragraph format, but that doesn’t mean your should use complete sentences either. By design, the resume is meant to scan easily and convey a tremendous amount of information in just one or two pages. As a result, concise phrases and bullet points are the rule of the day. For the summary, you don’t need bullets but you shouldn’t use full sentences like in the example. Instead, use phrases written from the first person, but drop the pronouns. Try to start each phrase with a compelling and strong action word. Also, avoid delving into the specifics of past projects, licensing or dates. You’ll have plenty of room for this information later in your resume. For example: Experienced Master Esthetician specializing in skin care advising and patient treatment. Highly familiar with all types of electrical modalities, microdermal abrasions, various chemical peels, laser hair removal, IPL, injectable fillers, Botox product consultation and sales. Dedicated professional capable of working in small and large practices as well as directly supporting physicians during procedures. In your summary, stick to what makes you a fantastic candidate for the position. Think about what the hiring manager is looking for and align your summary with those qualities. This is your first shot at a great impression, so make sure the summary is devoid of grammatical and spelling mistakes.
Streamline Your Highlights Too
Like the summary, the highlights section has its own set of professional standards that exclude the use of complete sentences. In fact, the phrases found in the highlights and skills sections are generally much shorter than those of any other section. You want to stick with phases around 5 words long that quickly list your relevant skills. With your resume sections, you need to strike a balance between enough information and too much. As in the original samples, bullets should be used in this section as well as a two-column format. Each column should contain at least three bullets and can have as many as eight. This will keep you safely in the realm of providing the right amount of detail. Some of the applicant’s work, while others should be shortened:
Bullet Your Experience
In this sample, the applicant uses complete sentence to describe her past employment posts. The applicant’s format for her employers, cities, period of employment and position title is easy to read and consistent. However, the description of responsibilities is in paragraph form. While the information is good, it is presented in the wrong format. As with most other resume sections, the experience section should be bulleted. For instance: Managing Real Estate Broker01/1994 to 12/2013
If you really want to ensure your resume meets professional standards, incorporate these suggestions into your editing and revisions. Plus, you can use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to up your visual appeal with sleek and customizable templates.