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When writing your resume, you cannot afford to take any chances. You need to be as informed about what is expected as possible. That is why we compiled advice from experts, resume samples, and tips for fixing common mistakes. Take a look at the following payroll and office manager resume sample to learn how you can improve your own and create a document that emphasizes your abilities.
Start with a strong summary
The first thing you need to do to get started is create a summary. This should be a general overview of your experiences and skills, which incorporates aspects from all areas of your professional life. A common mistake is to write this section as a list of objectives instead. It actually used to be correct to list your goals, but the expectations have changed. This summary does not fall into this pitfall, but makes another common mistake: It is far too short. The length of your summary depends on how long your entire resume is, but it should be around four lines. This resume has room to spare, so there is no reason this summary cannot be substantially expanded.
Manage your achievements
A section after your skills to list your achievements is an effective, but ultimately optional, choice. Because it is optional, make sure you have something impressive and important to put in this section if you decide to include it. The one listed here looks like this: I am a hard working and dedicated employee. For one, this information is too vague and short. It would be better to simply take it out if it is going to be this short. Secondly, this information would be better suited in the summary or even the skills highlight. Your achievements section should be a short bulleted list that focuses on results. If your idea caused an increase in profits or made a process more efficient, it should go here. You can also include any awards or recognition you have received. Aim for one or two columns of three points.
Format your experience properly
Your work experiences are the heart of your resume. Improper formatting will just make you look bad. Take a look at one of the position held by this writer: Cashier Mar 2002 to Jan 2009 Cockpit Inc. ? Jacksonville, AL I was responsible for operating cash register, priced merchandise, stocked merchandise, placed orders for merchandise and paid vendors. Operated office equipment, fax, and copier. Responsible for training of new employees. Balanced cash drawer at the end of shift and set up cash drawer for next shift First things first, the introduction to each position is formatted correctly. It is the following information that needs work. The paragraph is already organized list a list, so it should be formatted in bullets. Secondly, remove all the pronouns from your experiences. It is more professional to have it in an impersonal form. Additionally, each point should begin with an action verb. Responsible or Experienced with may sound good, but it is weaker than kicking each bullet off with a strong verb. After making all these changes, the finished section should look like this: Cashier Mar 2002 to Jan 2009 Cockpit Inc. ? Jacksonville, AL
Get the proper Length
Finally, this resume is far too short. Through the changes listed above, it could easily be extended. Remember to completely fill out the entire sheet. It looks bad if there is too much empty space at the bottom or between sections. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to get started on your resume. Follow these tips to make sure yours is as strong as possible.