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Always write in the first person
The use of pronouns (I, you, she) is not required in resume writing, but it is important to keep verbs in agreement with their pronoun. Several times in this resume the applicant uses third person, which changes the verb form. Always write from the perspective of I when you write about yourself in your resume. This error could be fixed by checking each verb for unnecessary verb endings. WRONG: Recent MBA graduate who applies business analysis and critical thinking skills to develop new systems and enhance existing operations. Possesses over 10 years of experience in various aspects of accounting and financial management with a wide range of functions including system modules implementation, test system integration, business process improvement, research, and ad-hoc analysis. RIGHT: Apply business analysis and critical thinking skills to develop new systems and enhance existing operations. Possess over 10 years of experience in various aspects of accounting and financial management with a wide range of functions including system modules implementation, test system integration, business process improvement, research, and ad-hoc analysis.
Don’t use numerals for number ten and higher
Stick to common formatting when it comes to numbers. This resume uses numerals (1, 2, 3) for numbers ten and greater. Always use numerals for numbers 9 and under. Use words (ten, eleven, twelve) for numbers ten and higher, unless there is a mixture of both in a certain section. This applicant would need to go through and determine which rule applies to each section.
Include graduation years
This resume doesn’t include the year the applicant graduated from college. If the graduation date was decades ago, then the date doesn’t need to be included. However, if it is more recent, the date should always be included. Month and year is fine, but just the year will work, as well.
Use bullet points to separate information
One of the ways resumes can be impressive is by keeping information organized and formatted with bullet points. Whenever there is a list of skills or descriptions, bullet points should be used. In this resume, the Skills section at the bottom is written out horizontally with each entry only separated by a space. To fix this the skills should be in list form. Each entry should have its own bullet point. Make sure each column doesn’t exceed 8 items. WRONG: SKILLS MicroSoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), AS/400, SAP, Peachtree, PeopleSoft, QuickBooks, MS Project, Primavera, JD Edwards RIGHT: SKILLS
Put the Skills section before Experience
This applicant has another problem with the Skills section: it’s at the bottom. Skills, Highlights, and Accomplishments sections should all go before experience. The resume writer would need to move the adjusted section below Highlights and above Experience.
Use font at least 10-pt size
Font size can be a concern if you have a lot of information to fit on as few pages as possible. However, too small of font can cause an employer to stop reading or skip your resume altogether. Avoid this possibility by using 10-pt or bigger in a legible style. The applicant chose to 8.5-pt, which is much too small to comfortably read. Are you ready to apply these common resume mistakes to your own stellar resume? Let LiveCareer help you get it done the right way in just a few minutes with Resume Builder.