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One of the best ways to ensure your resume is up to the standard that employers expect is to study sample resumes. You can see what common mistakes others have made, so you can avoid making them yourself. With a document as important as your resume, it will be well worth it. Take a look at this medical assistant graduate resume sample from LiveCareer.
Length and formatting
Before reading the resume itself, take a look at how it is formatted. The resume is extremely long and it has a lot of empty space. Notice the area below the right column in the skills section, the gap in the middle of the experience section and after the professional association memberships, and to the right of some of the text. All these gaps need to be filled or mitigated in some way. While it is technically acceptable to have a resume that is two pages long if you are covering more than 10 years of experience, the information on this resume does not warrant two pages. An employer will look at this document, notice how long it is and how much space has been wasted, and likely not even bother reading it. Always take a broad look at your resume and imagine what readers will notice first.
Creating your summary
To start your resume off, write a summary that communicates your skills, experiences, and work attributes. Despite titling the section Professional Summary, this resume simply lists the writer’s objectives. This was accepted in the past, but it is now incorrect to list your goals or objectives in your summary, or even anywhere on your resume. Your summary should be about four lines long, so this resume needs to expand this section.
Managing your skills
After your summary, you need to list relevant skills and abilities. This should take the form of a bulleted list with two columns of three or four points each. As previously mentioned, the formatting of this section creates a large, empty space, which is problematic, but the section as a whole is also too long. The points are repetitive and unnecessary. The first four, Medical office management, Medical coding and billing, Electronic medical records, and Data entry are all related and can be combined into a single bullet point. Likewise, the fifth through eighth bullets can also be combined. Always be looking for opportunities to make the information in your resume more compact and efficient.
What to include in your education section
When listing your education experiences, you will want to keep it as brief as possible. Including two lines each, as this sample resume does, is a good choice. Typically the high school education is unnecessary, however. You will only include it if it is your only education experience, and possibly not even then. Notice that it is also from more than 10 years ago, which is just another reason not to include it. Even college experiences that are significantly out of date become optional to include.
There are several extra sections can be included at the end of your resume, such as Affiliations or Certifications, as well as an optional Accomplishments section before the work experiences. You should not include references, however, unless they were requested by a specific employer. In this case, they are a major contributing factor toward the problem this resume has with its length. Make sure to use the LiveCareer Resume Builder tool to get started with writing your own resume. If you take a close look at this sample resume and determine exactly what mistakes to avoid, you are sure to create a document that will appeal to employers.