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Your job hunt is going to hinge greatly on the quality of your resume. If yours is filled with mistakes and does not give the hiring manager all the information he or she needs to make a decision, then it can be a while before you get called in for an interview. Take the advice of our experts, who reviewed an operations assistant resume sample, and heed the following lessons.
Summary should be a paragraph
Various portions of your resume should be formatted using bullet points. They are an incredibly useful tool for organizing information in an aesthetically-pleasing fashion, but when you are writing your resume’s summary, all the points should be presented as one single paragraph. For this sample resume, the writer would want to remove all of those bullets and just have each sentence come one after the other.
Every job should have some description
The writer for this sample has given her most recent job at Fairview Homecare and NorthStar Hospice an overabundance of bullet points, but she has given us nothing for two of her other jobs. She has held various positions at Friends Against Abuse, but the reader is going to have no idea what she did during her time there. She worked at this company from 1990 to 2006 but absolutely no information is provided. A hiring manager is not going to care that you simply had a job during that time. He or she is going to want to know what exactly you did, so it can be determined whether you would be a good fit for this new job.
You do not want your resume to read like a typical job description for whatever work you did in the past. You want the information to sound like it is coming from an actual person who had to do it, so details are your friends whenever you are writing your resume. For example, some of the points given for Fairview Homecare and NorthStar Hospice are pretty vague like these ones:
These are all typical duties for anyone involved in that line of work, and they are not going to stand out in the mind of a hiring manager. You want to include details like how exactly you assisted with telephone duties and how many people you distributed mail to in order to showcase your true experience level.
End bullet points under Experience with periods
If we take a the list given under Experience on this sample resume, then we will notice that only a couple of the bullet points end with a period. All of them should end that way. Although you are not writing in complete sentences, it is still proper to use periods at the end of the statement. Many people, including this sample writer, generally end with nothing at all, and there are even some folks who end all the points with semicolons.
Use the same tense throughout any one job
The list provided on this resume sample is for a job she currently works at, but this is one of the points:
Reviewed is a past tense verb, but since she is presently doing this task, it should be referred to in the present tense. It should be rewritten to go more like this:
Even if you think your resume is perfect, take another look at it to make sure. More help can be gained through the use of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.