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When searching for a job, your resume is the most important tool you have. Be sure that you create a document that paints you in a good light. LiveCareer compiles expert advice and provides sample resumes so you can see what common mistakes others have made. Take a look at this McDonald’s cashier resume sample.
Start with a summary
To begin your resume, write a strong summary that captures your skills, experiences, abilities, and professional traits. It can be difficult to write a summary that is long enough, especially with a job field such as this one, but you should always aim for about four lines. The content of this sample summary is very strong. The summary would be perfect if it there was simply more of it.
Organizing your highlights
The skill highlights section provides an opportunity to continue selling yourself before reaching the meaty experiences section while breaking the content up. Unlike the summary section, your highlights should be two columns of three or four bullet points. Again, the content of this highlights section is good, but it is organized a little strangely. By moving one bullet from the left column to the right, the section will be improved. It would be further improved if two more points could be added to really fill the section out.
Formatting your experiences section
The experiences section is one of the most important sections in your resume. This is where you will really delve into the deeper details about your working history, skills you have acquired, and responsibilities you have had. It is best if you are able to include several previous positions, but if you are unable to, like this resume, it is all the more important that you strengthen information under the position that you do have. Always aim to include five to eight bullet points, but it is okay to add more if you only have one position or one particular job is more relevant to the job you are applying for. Here is what it should look like: McDonald’s December 2010 to April 2011 Cashier/ Line CookSedona, AZ
Note that each point starts with a strong action verb and does not have personal pronouns. Your current job can be in the present tense, but all others should be presented in the past tense.
Mange the length of your resume
The length of your resume says a surprising amount about you. You should aim to completely fill a single page to appear to have a lot to say about yourself. Eliminate all wasted or blank space to give your resume a professional look. You should not bleed onto a second page unless you are capturing more than 10 years of experience, and even then, only if the information you are including justifies the extra length. For this sample resume, the individual sections, including the summary, highlights section, and experiences, should be lengthened as discussed above. Additionally, an optional section could be added, such as Accomplishments or Awards. Additionally, internship experience or volunteer work can be included. LiveCareer has got your back when you are trying to write a strong resume. Our Resume Builder will help you get started, and the tips and samples we have compiled helps you ensure your resume is up to the standard expected of it.