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Your resume is the first and perhaps the most important step in starting a new career. It is the first impression you present to a company. If your resume doesnt stand out, it may be the only impression you have the opportunity to make. There are several common mistakes that can take you out of the running. However, consulting an expert can help you avoid these common issues. We have selected a sample recent arts student graduate resume and consulted the experts to show you how to fixe these common mistakes. Take a look at the problems and solutions and get started on your own ideal resume.
Do Not Include an Objective Section
Potential employers already know that your central objective is to get a job at their company. Consequently, an objective section is not relevant. The employer does not need to know what you will do when you get there. Instead, they want to see the skills and traits that will help you fit into the open position. Alternatively, you want to include a summary section at the start of your resume, which quickly shows the employer your experience and personality. You want to make sure that you are focused on traits that are relevant to the position and avoid adding hobbies or outside interests. The sample applicant needs to replace her objective section with a summary section.
List Your Experience Descriptions
Hiring managers are quickly looking through your resume to identify important skills that may set you apart. They should be able to look at your resume without completing an in depth reading. Therefore, you want to make sure to bullet point your experiences and briefly list your duties. You do not want to use paragraph form. The sample applicant has bullet pointed the description of her experience, but she only includes one long paragraph to describe the tasks she has completed. Instead she wants to break down the paragraph into short concise descriptions. Each description should start with a clear unique action word to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and each position should include 5-8 bullet points. See the following example. Wrong:
Proofread and Format Your Document
Hiring managers expect your resume to be clearly formatted and error free. The sample applicant makes a few mistakes in the final document. First, there are some small spelling errors like abbided, and Abode. You want to make sure to read through your document and check for typos or errors. Secondly, the sample applicant includes different amounts of spacing between their experience entries. The spacing should be consistent. Finally, they include a rogue website between their entries. This website is not necessary and should be removed. As you craft your resume, you will want to make sure to avoid these common issues. You can easily accomplish this by consulting the experts. Get started with your own resume by using QuintCareer’s resume builder.