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If you have recently graduated from college, are looking to change careers or want a promotion, you have to build the perfect, standout resume. Writing a resume can be difficult because you have to squeeze so much information into one or two pages, and there are a lot of mistakes that people make. You can use this metallurgical engineering intern resume sample to learn about common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them. ? Make your summary a sales pitch ? Previously it was expected that your resume would start out with an objective statement. Experts now suggest that you forgo the objective statement and instead write a sales pitch of a summary. They suggest that your summary should be four to six sentences that are packed with an experience overview, a few skills and even some important personality traits. The summary section in the sample resume could be fleshed out in order to be a little more eye catching: Hardworking Mining Engineering student with experience handling ore samples, cleaning laboratories and conducting floatation tests. Also able to crush, screen and pulverize ore samples in order to get more information. Detail-oriented team worker who is not afraid to take the lead, but is still able to take orders. Willing and excited to learn and work hard in order to receive hands on industry experience. This summary shows the hiring manager that the applicant has some related experience, skills and personality traits that will make the job easier and a desire to get the job. ? Pack in information ? Like with the summary, you want all of your sections to be packed with relevant information. On the sample resume, the highlights section only has three points in it, but experts suggest that this type of section have three to eight points in each column. You also want to make sure to include skills that will actually be useful in the position that you are applying to get. The applicant lists strong editing writing as a skill, but that may not be pertinent to a metallurgical engineering internship. If you cannot come up with enough points to fill this section or others like it, consider combining a couple of similar sections or cutting the section all together. ? Put recent experiences first ? In many cases, experts suggest that you put your experience section before your education section. However, in the case of a recent graduate, like the sample applicant, experts actually suggest putting the education section first. This reordering puts your most recent accomplishments towards the top, and clearly shows the hiring manager what you have been doing most recently. When you write your own resume, make sure to put whatever experiences and accomplishments are most recent towards the top. The most common order for a resume writer that has been in the workforce for a while is:
? Make sections readable by using bullets ? Part of making a resume that stands out is making a resume that is readable. You can make certain sections, like experience, accomplishments and highlights, more readable by using bullet points. On the metallurgical engineering intern resume sample, the applicant uses bullets. However, in the education and experience section the bullets are not used consistently or with spaces. You can really make sure that your experience section is readable by using a combination of bullets and the table tool. ? Avoid repetition ? Experts suggest that your resume be one page for every ten years of experience that you have without exceeding three pages. That means that you have a lot of experience and accomplishments to fit into one or two pages. You have to avoid repetition in your sections, otherwise it makes your resume seem less professional. On the sample resume, the applicant lists a supervisor position as an accomplishment, but then in the experience section lists much of the same information under the actual supervisor position. An accomplishment section should include awards or accomplishments with metrics, but it should not just be a repetition of a position that you are proud of having. ? Use tools ? Now that you have learned about some common resume writing mistakes and how to avoid them, you should start working on your own resume. Make sure to use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder in order to make a standout resume.