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A well-written and formatted resume is essential when applying for a new job. Most employers place a lot of emphasis on an applicant’s resume, which is why we have consulted with experts in the field to give you advice on what and what not to put on your resume. By following these tips, you will be in a much better position to land that highly desirable job, and it all starts with observing this merchandising associate resume sample.
List most impressive qualities first
Immediately after this resume’s summary, which is perfectly fine, she lists certain highlights that only include knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Pub. Although these skills are certainly useful in many professions, they are familiarities that virtually everyone will have. You want to make the best impression possible right away with your resume, so it is better to give information that makes you stand apart from the other candidates. This section can be kept, but it should go more toward the bottom of the resume.
Accomplishments should include unique, relevant information
If you have earned an award or if you provided substantial benefits to a previous place of employment, that information can definitely go in a separate Accomplishments section. However, you do not want to list things that could simply go under your general job description. In the merchandising associate resume we reviewed, the author lists things like, Greeted customers upon entrance and handled cash and credit transactions. That is something everyone in that position has to do and is not worth mentioning under accomplishments. In this scenario, it would be better to leave out the Accomplishments section in order to have a more detailed and relevant Experience section.
List dates of employment for every previous position
The resume sample we looked at had dates and location information for some of her prior places of employment but left out that material on a couple jobs. When she worked as a merchandising team associate at Burlington Coat Factory in Morrow, GA, it is listed she worked there from 12/2003 to the present. The time she spent as a sales associate/clerk and a chaplain/administrative assistant is missing where exactly those positions took place and how long she served as both. By including these details, the interviewer will gain peace of mind that there were no gaps in your employment at any point.
Use bullet points when detailing previous work experience
This sample resume does a good job of listing previous job experience using bullet points, which makes everything much easier to read and comprehend. However, under the sales associate/clerk position, everything is listed under one, clunky paragraph. It would be much better to break this section into individual points, so it matches with everything else. It should look something like this:
One of the best ways to get better at writing resumes yourself is to browse through a bunch of sample resumes in order to see what other people have done. This can also make you savvy as to what mistakes should be avoided, so in order to avoid making an embarrassing faux pas on your next resume, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to become more proficient in resume writing.