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You may think you know all there is to know about good resume writing, but there are a lot of tiny details most job applicants are unaware of. A single error may be all it takes to make a hiring manager go with someone else, so every last detail matters. Our experts have provided a few general rules below that are relevant to this public relations specialist resume sample, but they can be applied to anyone’s resume.
Skills can be divided into two columns
Including a section of your resume that has a list of all your skills is a great way to make sure certain keywords show up on the page. The general rule to abide by is that you want anywhere between three to eight points per column, but fortunately, you can divvy up a list into two columns. This sample resume only has one long list containing 10 points, but in an effort to conserve space, the writer could separate them like this:
Accomplishments section should have at least three points
Certain parts of a resume are absolutely essential, but there are a few that are optional but can come in handy in certain circumstances. If you have earned several notable achievements over the years, then it can be incredibly beneficial to put them in their own separate section. However, if you are going to add this section, you want to make sure you have enough information to fill it up. This resume sample only has one statement, and the rule you should always follow is having a minimum of three points. The writer would either want to come up with a couple more noteworthy accomplishments to talk about or simply remove that header and move that single point under Experience.
Every workplace should have both a start date and end date
A potential employer is going to want to know how much experience you have with all of the responsibilities you have listed, so you always want to include your dates of employment. That means having both a start and an end date. This sample resume only has 03/2012 given for the most recent position, so although we could assume that is when she started working there, we have no idea when she quit. It is also possible that she presently works there, and if that is the case, then the word Current should be added.
Use bullet points to describe experiences
A paragraph is the incorrect format to use when you are talking about the duties you had at each job. Unfortunately, the material given for Enhanced Training Champions is presented that way. Therefore, bullet points should be added like this:
List responsibilities for every job you have ever held
This sample resume does a very poor job of discussing her previous work experience because three of the jobs she has listed have no bullet points. A hiring manager is going to have no clue what she did or what she knows how to do. In-depth details are vital on a resume, and you should talk a little bit about what you did at every place you have worked at. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is available as well in case you need a few more pointers regarding the proper way to write a resume. These tips are a good start to crafting an ideal resume.