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Don’t let your resume get tossed into the shuffle by all of your potential employers because it’s not up to par. Use a sample resume that can help you figure out which information is necessary and where to put it. If you are copying the sample to use your own information, here are some things you should change.
Format your skills properly
This sample resume has some great skills listed. The skills make sense for the job and really make the applicant shine. The only problem will the skills is the way they are listed. One column has more skills than the other and there is a space between each skill. Make sure the columns are even and single spaced so they look professional and don’t take up anymore room on the resume than necessary. Wrong SKILLS ?Group psychotherapy expert ?Expertise in crisis intervention techniques ?Trained in indicators of child abuse ?Biopsychosocial assessments ?Daily living activities educator ?Skilled in intake interviewing ?Adept at treatment and discharge planning ?Public speaking ability ?Strong public speaker?Culturally sensitive ?Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) expert ?Case management proficiency ?Adept at conflict resolution Right SKILLS ?Group psychotherapy expert ?Biopsychosocial assessments ?Daily living activities educator ?Skilled in intake interviewing ?Adept at treatment and discharge planning ?Public speaking ability ?Strong public speaker?Expertise in crisis intervention techniques ?Trained in indicators of child abuse ?Culturally sensitive ?Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) expert ?Case management proficiency ?Adept at conflict resolution As you can see, the second way looks much more clean and professional. It’s easy to read and gets to the point.
Don’t have gaps in employment
In this sample resume, the applicant lists a job from 1991 to 1996 and then from 2008 to 2009. There are 12 years missing between those two jobs. Chances are, the applicant had one or more jobs between that time, but didn’t list them because they weren’t relevant. The gaps in employment history, especially ones longer than a couple months, make your employer wonder what you were doing. You could’ve been in jail or traveling with gypsies. The hiring managers are going to want to know what you were doing. Make sure you include work history to fill in employment gaps, even if it’s not relevant. The jobs could also prove that you have developed skills needed for the job you are applying for, even if the job is different. One other thing in the sample resume’s employment is that there is a stray bullet point under one of the pieces of employment history. It doesn’t have anything listed after it. Make sure you proof your resume so it looks professional.
Separate the sections
In this sample resume, the sections don’t always look separated. It’s because there are spaces between a lot of the lists and uneven spacing between the sections. There is no space between skills and work history. It can be confusing when trying to skim the resume. Make sure each section has the same number of spaces between them. It’s easier to separate sections with borders. You can add a colored heading behind the heading text, or put a border below the text. Putting a border above and below the heading text helps too. If you can’t make a border, just make sure the text is bolded or underlines, and there is sufficient space between it and the text. You can offset the alignment too to make sure it looks a little different. This sample resume is a great resume to work off of when making your own. Just make sure that you implement these small changes so yours can stand out above the rest. Make your own resume on LiveCareer.