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Applying for a new job can be an exciting and daunting experience. You want to make sure that you make as strong of a first impression as possible, and the best way to do this is through a well-constructed resume. To help you out in this process, we have evaluated a sample resume and pointed out some areas to be improved or rewritten. Be sure to take note of these things, as they can help you avoid making the same mistake on your resume. Before long, you will feel confident in submitting your application and making the initial step towards your new career.
Avoid repetitive language
Making a strong impression with resumes often means carefully selecting your words. Resumes are short and therefore repetition can sound thoughtless. It can never hurt to have a thesaurus handy. Here is an example of how the applicant could vary word use in the summary section: SUMMARY Technician Specialist who employs a strong work ethic and the latest technology to every repair project. Effectively communicates skills to relay complex problems to customers. Notice how even a minor change in wording can make great improvement.
Limit the number of highlighted skills
The areas of expertise section is a great place to pack the resume with memorable key words and phrases that target the desired job. In terms of formatting, these should be short phrases without periods at the end. There should be no more than seven items listed in each column. Although the applicant has invoked the correct format for the highlights section, there are too many items listed and it overwhelms the resume. Avoid using too many soft skills here as it risks sounding generic and padded.
Always use bullets when listing items
Formatting is crucial when it comes to resumes. An employer with a busy schedule will not always take the time to read through dense paragraphs of words. To enhance the readability of your application, always use bullets for clarity and conciseness. Notice the difference in the following: WRONG: Paint supervisor, 01/2011 to 07/2012 Keith Huber Designs — Gulfport, MS Mixed paints and solutions and monitored temperatures. Coordinated and completed ongoing routine painting of the exterior and interior of commercial pump trucks Operated airless spray equipment and motorized lifts. Cleaned and smoothed all surfaces prior to painting. Operated hand tools and power tools such as da’s and grinders Monitored paint supplies and properly and safely recycled old paint. Collaborated with electricians, carpenters and mechanics to complete commercial trucks Completed and filed daily work slips to document progress. Maintained a thorough inventory of paint equipment and supplies. Collaborated with 60 other team members to meet strict project completion deadlines. Operated compressors, striping machines, sandblasters and spray equipment. RIGHT: Paint supervisor, 01/2011 to 07/2012 Keith Huber Designs — Gulfport, MS
Simple formatting changes can make a positive difference. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder when you are ready to move forward in building your resume. Expert advice and reviews can help enhance your resume writing.