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Creating a resume that captures your experiences and abilities effectively can be very difficult. LiveCareer is here to make it a little easier with expert advice and resume samples. See what the mistakes this New York real estate agent resume sample made were so you can avoid making them in your own resume.
Creating your summary
The summary is the section where you introduce yourself with a general overview of your skills, abilities, experiences, and professional traits. This summary includes unique traits (highly motivated) and briefly covers experience (sales background), but it fails to explore these aspects in depth or include any of the writers skills. It also includes information about the writers goals, which is not appropriate for the summary. Including objectives used to be standard, but it is not acceptable anymore, so ensure you do not include this information. The summary should be four lines long, which means this summary should be significantly lengthened.
The experience section
When listing your professional experiences, you should list each of your previous positions, with five to eight bullet points that explore your responsibilities and acquired skills for each. As you can see, each position in this sample resume has less than four. The resume is on the short side, which means there is plenty of opportunity to extend this section. The experiences information is the most important part of your resume, so do not hold back. If an employer looked at this resume, they would immediately assume the applicant does not have enough experience. The points that are included, however, are strong. There just need to be more of them.
Listing your skills
The skills section is meant to provide a list of skills that you have in a variety of areas. The skills section in the sample fails in formatting and content. First, it should be two columns of three or four bullet points each. This section only has half as many as is expected. Secondly, all four of the points are technical and specific skills. Employers want to see some more general information as well, such as Excellent communication skills, Management experience, or Self motivated.
This sample resume also gets the order of the section wrong. This may seem like a small detail, but employers are going to be expecting your resume to follow the standard. Not only will this make it easier for them to get the information they want quickly and easily, it is actually beneficial to writing to follow this standard order. It has been developed to organize the information to hook readers early, explore minor skills quickly, and get to the experience section that will sell yourself as soon as possible. The standard order of sections is: Summary, skills, experience, and education. This means the education and skills information has been switched in this sample. Additionally, you can choose to add some optional sections, such as Accomplishments, Affiliations, or Certification.
The length of your resume is also misleadingly important. You need to strive to completely fill a single page without bleeding onto a second sheet. If a lot of empty space is apparent from a glance, employers may not even bother reading your resume because it looks like you are not experienced. In addition to having a lot of blank space at the bottom of this resume, it also dedicates a lot of space to the titles and gaps between sections, instead of the actual text, which gives it the feeling of being sparse. The lengthening techniques that have already been explored should be implemented. LiveCareer is here to help you create a resume that will help you end your job search. Use our Resume Builder tool to start.