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If you’re dusting of your resume for a new job posting, you’ll want to ensure your document meets current standards and expectations regarding formatting and content. We’ve gathered a team of experts to review this outside sales representative resume sample and make workable suggestions for improvement. Apply this principles and tips to your professional document and you’ll be on your way to landing that first interview.
Don’t Bullet the Summary
While this applicant has great information in this professional summary, he fails to utilize the proper format. In this section, you are allowed to use a paragraph format for your phrases. This applicant spaced out the phrases as if they were separate entries. Additionally, your phases should be able to logically complete an I am sentence. The second, fourth and fifth phrases in particular fail to use this syntax. However, the information is very useful and compelling, so the applicant only needs to rearrange the phrases as opposed to start from scratch. An edited version of the professional summary might look like: Exceptional Outside Sales Representative who consistently achieves annual sales objectives and increases the overall customer base. Committed professional with experience effectively growing brand awareness through increased market penetration and new market development. Innovative Outside Sales Representative with highly developed interpersonal, negotiation and sales closing skills. Highly organized and detail oriented professional with 9 years of experience in inside and outside sales and outstanding follow-through.
Bullet Your Accomplishments
This applicant utilizes quantifiable and measureable information in the accomplishments section in accordance to accepted industry standards. Unfortunately, the candidate succumbs to small formatting errors like inconsistent period usage and a lack of bullets. Additionally, avoid using symbols and short hand in your resume. Luckily, these mistakes are easy to fix. A revised accomplishments section would read: Accomplishments
Notice #1 and #3 in the last two entries have been replaced with 1st and 3rd respectively. Also, periods have been added to the end of each phrase to keep formatting consistent.
Use the Right Amount of Bullets for Experience
In the experience section, you must find the balance between too much information and too little information. This section showcases your professional past and capabilities so you don’t want to leave out compelling details. Conversely, you don’t want t visually overcrowd the area or take away precious space from another section. Accepted best practices dictate you should have 5 to 8 bullets per section with each point paired with a short phrase. A revised first entry for this applicant could look like: 01/2008 -03/2013 MATCO TOOLS ? RIO RICO, ARIZONA OWNER
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