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When creating a resume, it can very easy to make mistakes, especially when you aren’t aware of common rules for resumes. We have consulted with the experts to go over this regional sales director resume sample and point out some common mistakes. You can look them over so that you can learn a bit about what not to do when writing your own resume.
Only Write in First Person
A resume should only be written in first person. Third person should never be used. You are the one telling about yourself, which requires a first person point of view. When a resume is written in third person point of view, it comes across as if it was written by someone else. This is not professional and should be avoided. Writing in third person is one of the biggest mistakes because it is so easy to make. In resumes, we don’t often use pronouns or nouns and tend to write in fragments. This makes it very easy to slip into third person. You have to resist this natural tendency. Remember to check your verbs. First person verbs are not plural and shouldn’t have an s on the end.
Don’t Include Regular Job Duties Under Accomplishments
The accomplishments section is your chance to really brag about amazing things you have done in your career. This is why you should never include mundane job duties here. You want to only highlight the most important things you have achieved. Try to include quantitative data that really provides a strong example of what you have accomplished. Here is the accomplishments section from our sample resume: *Corporate Management: Negotiated State of Connecticut Enterprise Telecommunications System which resulted in profitable long term business partner relationship. *Operations Management: Managed Multiple Day to Day Sales/Marketing Operations. Handled all functions related to Corporate Operational and Strategic Goals. *Staff Development: Launched well-received programs of professional development courses for all staff. Track record of mentoring and coaching employees resulting increased productivity. This accomplishments section lists duties for different skills. It isn’t listing accomplishments for an overall career. Revising it to better highlight the accomplishments and remove job duties, it would look like this: *Negotiated State of Connecticut Enterprise Telecommunications System which resulted in profitable long term business partner relationship *Launched well-received programs of professional development courses for all staff *Track record of mentoring and coaching employees resulting increased productivity
List Your Job Duties in an Easy to Read Way
When you are listing the job duties and responsibilities for each job you have held in the experience section, make sure to always start each point with an action verb. Also, avoid using tired verbs like responsible for or accountable for. You want this to be interesting to read, so make sure that it isn’t redundant and boring. It is also important to follow all grammar rules and avoid needless capitalization, which looks unprofessional. Here is the first entry in this sample resume’s experience section: TOTAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR 11/2009 to 01/2012 *Sales Director Southern CT Enterprise Sales- Managed the day to day sales operations of Total Communications Milford CT office. *Reported to President/Owner of Total Communications. *Managed Channel relationships with Cisco and Mitel Northeast Sales Teams Oversee the daily New Business Development as well as Territory Development for the Southern Connecticut Enterprise Team Recruited Enterprise Candidates for sustained Sales Growth. Maintained integrity and customer satisfaction aspects of installed customer base. There are quite a few issues here that makes this entry hard to read. The first point actually includes the job title, which shouldn’t be listed in a point. There are also a lot of capitalization and other grammar errors throughout the entry. The last point runs a few job duties together into one point. To make this easier to read and more professional looking, it can be revised like this: TOTAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR SOUTHERN CT ENTERPRISE SALES 11/2009 to 01/2012 *Managed the day to day sales operations of Total Communications Milford CT office *Reported to president/owner of Total Communications *Managed channel relationships with Cisco and Mitel Northeast sales teams *Oversaw the daily new business development and territory development for the Southern Connecticut Enterprise Team *Recruited Enterprise candidates for sustained sales growth *Maintained integrity and customer satisfaction aspects of installed customer base This revision looks much cleaner. Each point is on its own line. The job title is prominently at the top. Each point is written clearly and is grammatically correct. This looks much more professional overall. Now that you are aware of some of the common mistakes that are made when writing a resume, you are ready to put together your professional looking resume. Try using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to help you create an outstanding resume.