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A resume is a great way to make a stellar first impression, but it can also make a poor first impression if common mistakes sneak their way onto the page. Looking over sample resumes can help discover errors. Weve asked our experts to give us their feedback on this respiratory therapist resume sample so you know what to look for and avoid in your own resume.
Take full advantage of the professional summary section
This resume has a career focus section that is a mixture of the traditional objective section and a professional summary. Objectives are no longer appropriate to put on a resume because they tend to say the same thing about every employee: they want the job. Instead, a professional summary should be used to sell an applicants best assets. David should write four to six lines of text that discuss the most relevant traits, skills and experiences he will bring with him to a new positon.
Use first person language throughout the resume
The resume should be written from the employees point of view, or first person perspective. Sentences dont need pronouns on a resume, but all verbs should reflect those absent first person pronouns. David uses verb forms for third person perspective, so he should fix this by changing his verbs to reflect I instead of he.
Make sure to write five to eight job details
Once an employer gets to the employment history section, he is looking for specifics. That means that an applicant should include between five and eight pieces of information that best represent the duties, projects and accomplishments for each job entry. This applicant only includes four details for each. He needs to come up with at least one more detail for each job.
Use active verbs to describe employment duties
Active verbs are an applicants best friend when the experience section of the resume is being written. Every job detail should start with an active verb instead of common phrases, such as responsible for. David does a decent job of using varied verbs, but he forgets to begin two details with an active verb. WRONG:
Adjust the font size for easy reading
Small font size can make a resume a monster to read, and it could also cause an employer to skip over a resume instead of trying to skim through tiny font. For many resume writers, small font is a temptation as they try to fit everything on one or two pages. Instead of making readers squint, applicants should make sure their font size is no smaller than 10-pt. This applicant uses 9-pt font, which is much too small. David should change this by increasing the minimum font size to 10-pt. As seen below, the different in reading quality is obvious. WRONG: Professional Experience Eagle Home Medical Respiratory Therapist Voorhees, PA
RIGHT: Professional Experience Eagle Home Medical Respiratory Therapist Voorhees, PA
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