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Your resume is an important part of your job searching process. You cannot afford to submit resumes that are not looked over for mistakes or technical errors. LiveCareer wants to help you create a document that will stand up to the high expectations employers have when it comes to resumes. Be sure to take a look at this municipal clerk resume sample for examples.
Writing your summary
To start your resume off, write a summary that outlines your professional traits, skills, and experiences. Your objectives and goals should not be included in this section. In this sample summary, the first sentence, Dedicated and focused Administrative Assistant who excels at prioritizing, completing multiple tasks simultaneously and following through to achieve project goals. contains strong information that is appropriate for the summary section. The second sentence, however, does not: Seeking a role of increased responsibility and authority. Employers are more interested in what benefits hiring you will provide than what your goals are. Additionally, this section is too short. You should aim for about four lines, so you have plenty of room to really emphasize what makes you a wise hiring choice.
The highlights section
After your summary, include a section that highlights your skills. This sample highlights section is very close to being perfect. It should be two columns of three or four bullets. With one of the columns having five points, it artificially lengthens a resume that is already very long, as well as makes the section less appealing at a glance. Secondly, two of the points, Self-directed and Self-starter are too similar. You cannot afford to repeat yourself when space is so limited. If this section was shifted to have even columns, and one of the repeated points was replaced with another strong quality, this section would be very strong.
Making the accomplishments worthwhile
The accomplishments section can be beneficial to include, but it is ultimately optional. It should also be a bulleted list of at least three points. The actual content in this section, however, is very strong. It is important that your accomplishments are specific, as these ones are. Receiving promotions, increasing efficiency, and improving profits are all excellent pieces of information to include here. The writer should find one more point to add to fill the section out.
At the end of your resume, it is typical to include information about your education. This writer only had high school information to include. Unless it is your only educational experience, you should not include your high school education. Additionally, the graduation date was such a long time ago, the information is not very relevant anyway. The inclusion is not likely to hurt the writer’s chances with an employer, but it may have been appropriate to simply leave this section off. The resume is already quite long, and it is clear from the extensive experience section that this applicant received most of their experiences from working.
Finally, be sure to manage the length of your resume. You should strive to fit your entire resume on a single page unless you are covering more than 10 years of working experience, as this resume is. Even if you decide to use two pages, you must be absolutely certain that the extra space is necessary to adequately communicate everything you need to. This sample resume’s experience section is very strong, so the extra space is well used. Be sure to make full use of the expert advice and tips on resume writing that LiveCareer has compiled. Our samples and Resume Builder tool is available to help you get started on a resume that is sure to get you hired.