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Resume writing is a vital job search skill that can be very difficult to master. Learn what you can do to improve your own resume with the help of LiveCareer. We provide tips and expert advice, alongside this per-diem operating room nurse resume sample so you can see what mistakes others have fallen into and what techniques work best.
The skills section
After writing your summary, create a short list of skills to provide a general overview of your abilities. This section should be two columns of three or four bullet points. As you can see, this section is far too long, which is especially problematic because of the increased length of the resume as a whole. You do not want to delay the reader too long before they get to the experience section, or they may stop reading entirely. Additionally, several of these points are repetitive or vague. You should strive to include a lot of variety in the skills section while keeping it brief.
The experience section should detail a few positions you have held, each with five to eight bullet points that explore your responsibilities and developed skills. Start each point with a strong action verb and write each in the past tense with the exception of the currently held position. As a supervisor, varied staff time cards, completed evaluations should be changed to: Completed evaluations and managed staff time cards. Despite failing to start each point with a verb, the content of this section is fairly strong. The biggest mistake that is made is how extensive it is. Most of these positions are indistinguishable, which means any employer that is reading will not care about the repeated information.
Always go through your resume a second time after you finish reading to catch all the typographical errors. Notice the unusual page break at the beginning of the skills section, the poor capitalization later in the section, the inconsistent formatting between positions in the experience section and blank bullet points, among others. All these little mistakes may not seem like a big deal, but it can greatly sway the opinion an employer has of you, especially when there are as many as this sample resume has. It can be very helpful to take a broad look at your resume to try and gauge what a reader will think at a glance. Is the organization of text inviting or intimidating?
When writing your resume, you do not have to worry about which sections to include. A standard section order has already been established that readers will expect you to follow. These are: Summary, skills, experiences, education. You can also add an optional section, such as the Awards section seen in this resume. The additional information section is unnecessary, however, and should be removed. The information found in that section is not relevant to the position being applied for.
Finally, be sure to keep the length of your resume in mind. You should be striving to fill one page entirely, but not extend onto a second page. If you are covering more than 10 years of experience, you can use two pages, but only if the extra information is vital. The main reason this resume is so long is because of the experience section. As previously discussed, most of the positions explored in that section are repetitive. The content of this resume does not justify using multiple pages and the writer should make an effort to significantly shorten it. Take advantage of all the helpful resources LiveCareer has prepared to help with resume writing. The Resume Builder tool is especially useful for getting started.