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A well-written resume can help you achieve your goals to get your first real job, a promotion, an internship or to switch career fields. In order to build a successful resume, you have to follow expert advice and avoid falling prey to common resume writing pitfalls. Thankfully, you can use this pre-surgical resume sample to learn about common resume writing mistakes and what you can do to avoid them in your own resume. ? Promote yourself ? Your resume is a great time to promote yourself. In fact, if you want to be successful, you have to promote yourself and you have to be able to do it well. On the sample resume the professional overview section is one sentence that does not clearly demonstrate the applicant’s experiences, skills and personality traits that are applicable to the job at hand. Experts suggest that this section should be four to six sentences that are used as a self-promoting sales pitch. The applicant’s overview could be improved by fleshing the section out a bit more: Anthropology, pre-med, and global health student with a passion for medicine, physical and biological anthropology, and global health. Motivated learner looking to continue education through Pre-Surgical Internship. Strong-willed, yet able follower makes for perfect team player who can add innovative ideas to problem solving. Would like to use the knowledge and experience gained from the internship to work towards a better global health. ? Avoid redundancy ? There is so much important information that you have to include in your resume that every single inch of it has to serve a clear purpose. On the pre-surgical resume sample, the applicant discusses both their college and high school education experiences. However, the applicant’s high school graduation is implied because of the college experience that is also listed. Experts suggest that you do not include your high school experience if you have any sort of college involvement, even if you only attended college, but did not graduate. When you write your own resume, make sure to watch out for unnecessary redundant information whether it is explicit or implicit. ? Ensure consistency ? Part of a well-written resume is its professional appearance. The only way you can achieve a professional looking resume is if you focus on consistency throughout the document and throughout the different sections. The sample applicant uses a combination of present and past tense in their current experience entries. Experts suggest that you only use present tense in any positions that you still hold and past tense in positions with an end date. As you write your own resume, try to keep both big and small details consistent throughout in order to improve the professional look of the document. ? Explain experience ? It is important to share enough information on your resume in order to show the hiring manager that you have the past experiences, skills, knowledge and personality traits necessary to perform well in the job you are applying to get. One way you can share this information is by explaining each of your experience entries in sufficient detail. On the pre-surgical resume sample, the applicant did not use a lot of information for all of the experience entries meaning that there was not a lot of explanation. Experts suggest that you include five to eight points about what you did, how you did it and any stand out projects you worked on in order to thoroughly explain the experience you had in all of the applicable positions that you include in your resume. Do not be afraid to delve into details as you work on your experience section and your resume as a whole, but be sure to avoid including anything too personal like religious or political sentiments or anything that could be construed as controversial. ? Start writing ? The only way you are going to create a successful resume that can help you achieve your career goals is by getting started on your standout resume. You can and should use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder in order to ensure that you really do write a resume that meets all of the expert guidelines to help improve your chances of success.