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Key to every job hunt is a strong resume that displays your best attributes to a potential employer. To give you a leg up, our resume experts have looked over this part-time driver resume and pointed out a few common mistakes. By reviewing these problems, you can understand what to do and avoid when creating your own resume.
Black and white is all right
While using colored formatting is acceptable in certain industries, a resume for a traditional job should be in plain black and white. Colors may be difficult to read, depending on the computer monitor, and may not print as cleanly if the hiring managers prefer paper copies. If you do choose to use color headers, make sure all the fonts of the resume text itself are in black and white.
It’s essential that your resume makes a good impression on potential employers. Any mistakes in spelling or grammar, no matter how small, may come across as a lack of attention to detail, even if the job you’re applying for doesn’t call for any specific writing ability. Always review your resume at least twice after finishing it, and if possible give it to someone else to read over and catch any details you’ve missed. In particular, take care that your opening summary is correctly edited. In the summary of this sample resume, “with” was misspelled as “wit,” and “wastewater” and “emergency” were unnecessarily capitalized, basic errors that might mean a hiring manager wouldn’t bother reading further.
Leave out redundant sections
Depending on the position you’re applying for and the nature of your work experience, your resume may or may not include separate sections for skills or achievements. If you do make these options into distinct sections, try to have at least three to four items in each. A sparse list can have the opposite effect intended, making it appear as if you don’t have many skills or achievements to mention. Also, do not include extra sections simply to pad your resume. In this resume sample, the Highlights section serves the same purpose as the initial summary, and only lists two skills. The candidate’s abilities would be better reflected by including those items in the summary, and removing the superfluous highlights header.
Use columns for shorter lists
If any of your sections have more than three or four short items in a list, they should be formatted into two columns. This will make them easier to read at a glance, and shorten the overall length of your resume, making it more likely that a hiring manager will give the entire piece the attention it deserves. Wrong:
As with grammar and spelling, be careful with the formatting on your resume. Mistakes and inconsistency can appear sloppy, and may also give a false impression of your facility with computers. In this sample resume, the bullet points in the experience section are accidentally duplicated, a minor error that is unfortunately obvious if not corrected.
List your most important accomplishments in your work experience
The work experience section is a crucial part of any resume. To focus on the most significant aspects of your employment history, try to keep the number of bullet points under each position to five to eight of your most relevant duties and achievements. While you’ve likely done must more than that at your jobs, keep in mind that a hiring manager may only have a few minutes initially to look over your resume. By limiting the list, you can ensure that they see your best attributes. After studying the issues in this sample resume, you should have a better idea how to make your own. Start crafting your own top-notch resume right now with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.