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During the job search, having a strong resume that communicates your skills and experiences is vital. However, writing such a resume can be very challenging. LiveCareer is committed to helping you get started with compiled expert advice and tips. Take a look at this New York City account director to see what common mistakes you should avoid.
Creating the skills section
The second section you should include in your resume is a section highlighting your skills. This should take the form of two columns of three or four bullet points each. Despite having two bullets, the skills section in this sample resume is essentially still in paragraph format. If it was changed into the proper format, it would look like this:
Of course, after making these changes, there are too many bullet points. Some of the more similar ones should be removed to make a total of six to eight.
Formatting the experience section
Just like the skills section, the experience information is formatted incorrectly. It should be a list of five to eight bullets for each position that was held, not a paragraph. Additionally, each point should begin with a strong action verb. It may look something like this: Account Director Sep 2011 to Current Publicis, Razorfish New York City, NY
Also note that it has been shifted into the present tense because the job is currently held. All others should be past tense.
After you have finished writing your resume, make sure you take a broad look at it. Try to imagine what employers will think about it before they even begin reading. Does the organization make the resume inviting and appeal, or do large blocks of text make it intimidating? This resume has small text that consistently goes all the way across the page. Some of the previously suggested changes will help with this, but as it is, this resume does not have a strong appearance. It would be difficult for someone to read all the way through it, which will not benefit the writers chances with employers.
Which sections to include
This resume also suffers from having too many sections. There are several optional sections you can choose to add, but this resume included too many. Most importantly, however, is that you include the essential sections. These are: Summary, skills, experience, and education. After that, you can choose to add accomplishment, award, affiliation, or certification information. Optional sections usually are placed at the end of the resume, instead of between the required sections, as the clients, software proficiency, and awards sections do here. These sections, as well as the personal information section, should be removed. The information in the client and software proficiency sections can be moved to the accomplishments and skills sections respectively.
The length of your resume is also very important. Always do your best to fill a single page as completely as you can without spilling onto a second page. This resume has an acceptable length, but it would be stronger if the writer eliminated the blank space at the bottom of the page. LiveCareer is here to help you when you are writing your resume. Use our Resume Builder, tips, and advice to create a resume that will impress employers.