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Keeping your resume up to date and professional looking can make job searches much easier. However, it can be hard to know how to write a resume that is free from common resume writing mistakes. You can use this mental health practitioner resume sample to learn about common resume writing pitfalls and how you can avoid them as you build your own resume. ? Make summary standout ? You want your entire resume to standout, so you have to start with the summary section. According to experts, this four to six sentence section should be used as a sales pitch that highlights your experience, important skills and even personality traits. On the sample resume, the applicant’s summary section is one sentence that doesn’t hit all of the major points. It could be expanded: Seasoned mental health practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Demonstrated track record shows successful working with diverse client population in both one-on-one and group settings. Strong teaching skills allow knowledge to be passed on. Educating public regarding mental health issues, special education and the like is a passion. Look forward to continue to make a difference in people’s lives. This new sample is a better sales pitch that is more likely to catch the eye of a hiring manager. ? Use keywords in highlights section ? Another way to make your resume standout from the rest is to use keywords in your skills, or highlights, section. You can take the applicable keywords directly from the job description and combine them with a few extra skills as well. On the sample resume, the applicant’s highlights points are wordy, which decreases the buzzworthy aspect of this section.
By decreasing the length of the points and adding in a few keywords, this section became a lot more outstanding. You can make your highlights section outstanding by making sure each column has three to eight points and using buzzworthy keywords and phrases. ? Be consistent ? One of the most important aspects of your resume is how professional it looks. When you are not consistent, your resume does not look as professional as it should. On the mental health practitioner sample resume, the applicant capitalizes all of the words in some points of the highlights section, but not all. In the sample above, this inconsistency is corrected. The sample resume’s experience section is also inconsistent because the top entry does not have a starting or end date and it does not have a location or company. Community Consultant and Trainer, 07/2010 09/2015 New York City Community Center, New York City, NY
? Share enough without sharing too much ? As you write your resume you have to find the fine line of sharing enough information to show the hiring manager that you are capable without giving the hiring manager your entire, personal backstory. To help you share enough without sharing too much, experts suggest that each position you write about have between five and eight points. They also suggest that you include the last 15 to 20 years of experience. On the sample resume, the applicant goes all the way back to 1986, which is not necessary. When you write your own resume try to share enough experience to show a bit of diversity, but also keep the positions applicable to the job you are applying to now when possible. ? Use professional vocabulary ? The words that you use will paint a picture of your professionalism for the hiring manager. That means that you really have to think about what you’re going to label each section, how you want to describe your ability and every other aspect included in your resume. On the sample resume, the applicant includes a section entitled Additional Information. This isn’t inherently bad, but if your sections can be called professional affiliations or accomplishments or something that sounds more professional, it may catch the eye of the hiring manager a bit more than something as mundane as additional information. ? Be successful by using tools ? Now that you know about some common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid including them in your own resume, it is time to start working on updating or building your resume. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to help build a successful resume for your job search that follows the expert guidelines and stands out.