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Creating the perfect resume requires a great amount of thought and insight that can only be gleaned by looking through resume samples. Our experts have taken a look at a program manager resume sample in order to show you some of the most common mistakes made in these documents. This will help show you what not to do in your own resume.
Summary Needs Length
Your summary should include relevant data, accomplishments and facts from your work experience and education. This section is a great place to sum up your working life and really sell yourself. In the sample resume, you see that the job applicant has barely scratched the surface of their professional career. A hiring manager reading this would be left with a very narrow picture of who this applicant actually is. A good summary is about 4-6 lines and includes any relevant data and accomplishments without any I’ statements. It is perfectly acceptable to use sentence fragments in the summary section.
Bulleted Lists in Work Experience Section
All work experience summaries should be done in bulleted lists. The job applicant who wrote this sample resume used paragraphs instead. Writing paragraphs is lengthy and unnecessary. Hiring managers prefer bullet points because they are easier and more convenient to read. Using lists makes your resume more likely to be looked at thoroughly. Incorrect: Life Enrichment Coordinator Newton, IA Developing an activity program to meet the cognitive, social and spiritual needs of the tenants. Provide one-to-one activities. Creating a monthly activity calendar and newsletter. Responsible for scheduling volunteers. Completing necessary medical documentation to meet state regulations. Team management, as well as programming and training employees to work in the memory unit. Correct: Life Enrichment Coordinator Newton, IA
Education and Certifications
The education section of your resume is a great place to list your achievements. However, unless your only education is high school or a GED, it should not be listed on your resume. If you have college or higher education coursework of any kind, it is implied that you have also graduated from high school or received your GED. Additionally, relevant additional coursework and training can be listed in this section. In the sample resume, this information is given an entirely different section. This information belongs with educational information, unless there are specific certifications associated with the coursework listed.
When writing your work history, it is important to keep an eye on your tenses. Your current position should be written about in present tense, while all former position should be in past tense. This makes it clear, without even checking dates, which is your current position. In the sample resume, all positions are listed in present tense, which makes it look like the job applicant is working all these positions at once. When writing your resume, you should strive to be as clear as possible in order to avoid confusion and misunderstandings. Incorrect: Willowbrook July 1999 to June 2004 Client-Worker Newton, IA Provide one on one care with clients. Assist with client ADL’s. Complete necessary medical documentation Correct: Willowbrook July 1999 to June 2004 Client-Worker Newton, IA
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