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If you are applying for a new career, you want to make sure your first impression is as strong as possible. The best way to do so is by writing an excellent resume that authentically describes your professional experience and unique qualifications. In order to help you with this important process, we have reviewed a sample Medical Laboratory Professional resume and have highlighted areas that could use improving or rewriting. Be sure to pay attention to these areas and avoid making the same common mistakes on your own resume.
Write an impressive summary
The summary is an introduction to your resume that should grab your reader’s attention. The strongest summaries list skill sets as well as unique qualifications that can set you apart from other applicants. In this sample resume, the applicant has listed only a brief statement as her summary when in fact, this section can be anywhere between 4 to 6 lines. A summary should be somewhat of a sales pitch as it sets the tone for the rest of your application.
Keep skills brief and relevant
The skills section should contain bullet points with brief descriptions of any skills that you have that are relevant to the position. Vague skills, such as proficient in multitasking are not recommended here. In this example resume, the information listed in the skills section would actually be more appropriate under previous work experience and education. Also, a couple words suffices in describing skills, and fragments or full sentences should be avoided. Notice the difference in formatting between these two entries: WRONG:
RIGHT: Although this information could still be listed in a more relevant section, notice how much clearer the information can be read.
Elaborate upon job descriptions
Bullet points can make an incredible difference in the readability of your resume. A potential employer will not have much time to devote to each individual application, and therefore, keeping your writing concise and organized is crucial. In this sample resume, the applicant has used only one bullet point per job experience. This makes the information run together in a way that looks cluttered. This resume could be improved by elaborating upon the responsibilities each previous position required. In fact, each subheading under Work History could have up to 8 bullets.
Repetition can be dangerous in your resume because it can come off as unoriginal. Resumes are short in nature and therefore you want to make sure that every word counts and is used towards providing new and descriptive information. In the Work History section, the applicant has used the phrase Works independently in all areas of the Lab including Hematology, Blood Bank, Chemistry, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing in the description of both job experiences. Doing so is problematic because it does not differentiate one job experience from the other. When describing previous employment, it is crucial that you highlight specific skills that were obtained through each position. Doing show demonstrates your ability for growth and development and is a significant component of your application. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and learn more about the tools and resources available to you today.