Your resume is typically your first contact point with your potential future employer. As such, it needs to be as impressive and intriguing as possible, highlighting all of your relevant experience and your sparkling qualifications. This Olive Garden host resume sample provides an excellent example of common mistakes that many resumes make. Studying these mistakes and looking at how to improve them will naturally translate to your own resume, which will thoroughly benefit from the practice.
Starting your resume right
Most resumes begin with a summary of qualifications, a statement of purpose, or an elevator pitch piece. The most popular method of starting out a resume today is to do a summary that reads like a professional elevator pitch. This summary should be around 4-6 lines and should contain precious nuggets of information about your qualifications and abilities. WRONG: Career Overview I am currently seeking a full time position in an environment that offers a greater challenge, increased benefits for my family and the opportunity to help the company advance efficiently and productively. RIGHT: Summary Briefly describe your skill set, qualifications, and applicable personality traits here with 4-6 lines of content. It is acceptable to use a statement of purpose in the beginning in your resume, but keep in mind that that particular format is becoming rapidly outmoded and employers are looking to find out more about who you are as opposed to what you want.
Take your high school education off of your resume
If you have higher education to report or if you have work experience from at least 2-3 prior positions, you do not need to list your high school education as being a part of your educational background. WRONG: Educational Background Bevill State Community College May 2013 Associate Degree: Nursing Hamilton, MS, United States Tupelo High School May 2006 High School Diploma Tupelo, MS, United States Itawamba Community College Jul 2010 Completed coursework towards Nursing: Nursing Tupelo, MS, United States RIGHT: Bevill State Community College May 2013 Associate Degree: Nursing Hamilton, MS, United States Itawamba Community College Jul 2010 Completed coursework towards Nursing: Nursing Tupelo, MS, United States What you can do, however, is expound upon your coursework at the universities and institutions you attended. The space that you used to say that you graduated from high school can be used instead to list relevant internships, campus engagement, and classes.
Order your sections correctly
Resumes need to prioritize well in order to catch an employer’s attention quick and hold it. When you have your sections properly organized, you are more likely to be able to show off critical information and your potential employer is more likely to remember that information. WRONG: Career Overview Work Experience Educational Background Skills RIGHT: Summary Skills Work Experience Educational Background Typically, skills or achievements sections should come before both the educational background and the work experience portions. These types of sections give you the opportunity to offer specific details and keywords that employers can quickly snatch up and remember you for.
Skills need to be unique
You want yourself to be memorable to your potential employer, and professionally so. Having skills listed like “good phone etiquette” or “time management” won’t help you in the long run. Those descriptors can apply to many applicants, and you should be using words that you know employers are looking for in this section, not ones that don’t stand out or are vague. With the help of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, you can craft an outstanding resume in no time. LiveCareer offers you the opportunity to put what you’ve learned from this sample to use in upgrading and redesigning your own attention-grabbing resume.