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Strong resumes are vital in the modern job hunt. Most quality jobs face steep competition, and separating yourself from the pack is a mighty challenge. We can help. Our experts have broken down a real Residential Housing Project Superintendent resume sample in order to provide you with valuable tips. Note these suggestions and you can build a resume that is sure to take you to the next level as an applicant.
Use bullet points for lists
One of the most common mistakes among modern resumes is a failure to make proper use of bullet points. Every resume is full of lists, and the best way to present them is with an easy-to-follow format. Bullets are the best way to make dense sections of information more friendly. They should be used in the highlights, accomplishments, experience and, if there is enough information, education sections. Wrong: Brainerd Community College 1991 Associate of Arts: Law Enforcement Brainerd, MN, USA Completed 7 out of 10 STP classes at AGC Lead based paint certified Erosion control certified Advanced blue print reading at Dunwoody Right: Brainerd Community College 1991 Associate of Arts: Law Enforcement Brainerd, MN, USA
A few additional corrections should be made to this example. Most notably, the acronyms should have their full names listed out the first time they appear.
Experience section should highlight multiple examples of success
The experience or work history section contains the majority of the information that is going to convince someone to hire you. The format suggestions listed above should certainly be applied, but the content deserves careful consideration as well. This sample shows a very strong list of completed works, but the content is still seriously lacking. The duties or tasks performed for the job are nowhere to be found. There are no examples of solving problems or overcoming adversity. Ultimately, the presented information provides few to zero reasons why the candidate is a good fit for any position. When you craft your work history, you should try to include the best examples of daily tasks, special work and unique accomplishments. In this way you can show how valuable your experience was, regardless of the company or specific title matched to the job. This example further shows how little reason there is to include a previous job with no details. Always remember that a resume is a sales tool, and you are the product. Any space you waste on the document equates to wasting the hiring manager’s time when they read it. Anything that is not a solid sales pitch should either be removed or revised into a proper point.
Every section needs enough reasons to be there
You have already seen how bullet points could make the accomplishments read better. If they are applied to this sample, you will quickly see the problem: Accomplishments
There is not enough information here. The two points are good information and should definitely be included in the resume, but like this they look embarrassingly few in number. This format serves to highlight how few accomplishments have been made so far in the applicant’s career. More likely, this person has achieved plenty more than the two things listed but has not included them. Even if you have a very light work history and are finding it difficult to provide enough specific achievements, there are better methods of presentation. If you can’t list at least three bullets for a section, try to consolidate the points into a relevant section. For this example, the accomplishments could be rolled into the experience. This would kill two birds with one stone by improving the quality of the latter area and eliminating the detrimental presentation of the former. The tips don’t stop here. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder can take you through the entire writing process and create a professional document in minimal time.