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Even if a resume is already good, there are likely minor changes that can be made to make it even better. Learning the dos and don’ts of how to write a resume should be an essential task for anyone planning on getting back into the job market. To offer just a sampling of these rules, our experts have reviewed a patient caregiver resume sample to see what could be corrected.
Avoid saying you are looking for a job on your resume
This sample resume contains the following statement: Looking to apply my education and experience to a job in biological science field. There is never any reason to say you are presently looking for work because that is inherent with you submitting your resume to this company. It takes up space that could be better used with something more relevant or interesting. Instead of just saying he wants to apply his education and work experiences to the biological science field, he should just mention some of his experiences to give the hiring manager a better sense of who he is as an individual.
Use bullet points for your experience
Some sections of your resume should be formatted a certain way to meet general guidelines. For your work experience, you want the information given for each individual position to be formatted using bullet points as opposed to paragraphs like this resume sample has done. Using the material given for his work as a Family ALS patient caregiver, it should look like this:
Try to have at least five points for each job
Only three items are given for his time working as a Family ALS patient caregiver, but there must have been more he did than just those three things. In general, you want to have at least five but no more than eight points for every position in your work history. It would be preferable if this resume writer could come up with a couple more things to say to give the hiring manager the clearest picture of what he is experienced in.
Avoid vague statements
Your resume is your opportunity to make a good first impression and make yourself stand apart from the other job applicants. You do not want to put in information that could be construed as vague or not really relevant. Two of the jobs given under work history have the following statement:
Statements like these are unnecessary on a resume because an employer will assume you have done a lot more than just what is given on your resume. A resume is only going to be one or two pages at most, so there is only so much you can put. You do not have to say that you did a lot more, and if you get called in for an interview, then you can talk about all the various other tasks you had at each job in person.
If you are still a student or if you have literally just graduated, then it might be best to put a high GPA on your resume. However, if it has been longer than a year since you have been out a school, you can get by without it. Good grades are important, but a prospective employer will want to know more about your work experiences than your report cards. If you did graduate with a great GPA, then it would be acceptable to put magna cum laude or something similar. With a few changes, a bad resume can be made good, or a good resume can be made even better. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is offered for extra assistance.