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Give yourself the credit you deserve as being the right candidate for a potential job with a shining and professional resume. By studying other resumes and the advice that resume experts offer regarding those samples, you can pick up a few quick tips and tricks to utilize when crafting your own resume. This project engineer in construction resume sample is a perfect example of a resume with several general errors that many resumes also make, and which can also be avoided.
Get rid of your highlights section
Highlights sections are merely an opportunity to mix and match details that, in actuality, belong to other categories. Generally, resumes follow this order: summary, skills, accomplishments, work experience, education, and licenses. A lot of the time a mixture of these items finds its way into an initial “highlights” category, which ends up being a muddled mess of sometimes irrelevant tidbits. WRONG: Highlights
Skills sections should have at least 3-4 items per column and at the most 7-8 items. Any more than this results in far too many details that are often overly ambiguous and unhelpful to a potential employer. What is put into the skills section is clearly up to the author, but every resume writer should try to keep different sections appropriately differentiated.
Know what accomplishments are
First of all, if you don’t have at least 3-4 bullet points’ worth of “accomplishments,” you can put your 1-2 details into your experience section instead. With that being said, your accomplishment section is not the place to be vague. This area needs to consist of quantifiable achievements that make you stand out as a candidate. WRONG: Accomplishments Educated general contractor administrative team – the rules and processes moving from private sector customers to public work customers.
This is not an accomplishment. An accomplishment would be more along the lines of, “successfully increased sales momentum by 20% in July of 2013.” There is also only one actual line regarding an achievement, with the bullet points outlining irrelevant specifics about it. When in doubt, don’t include an achievement section, and instead bolster your skill or experience information.
Clean up your work experience format
Keep in mind that you are trying to keep your resume as simple, clean, and organized as possible. When you start creating intricate structures that try to make things flow better, it is possible that those structures are in fact inhibiting flow. WRONG: Multiple Companies ? Seattle/Tacoma, WA Assist with close out of business operations.
Assist with start up of business operations and training employees.
This series of bullet points about the previous job do not immediately make sense. Any additional time that is required to understand a resume is time that is negatively noted by an employer and can hurt your chances of being called back. Make your resume crisp and minimalistic for maximum results. The creation of your own flawless resume is just around the corner with the use of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Using this advice and other tricks that LiveCareer can teach you, make your resume an outstanding document of your suitability for a job.