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Sell Your Resume
You need to sell your resume from the beginning. With all of the competition out there, your potential employers are likely getting hundreds of resumes, so yours needs to stand out. It’s likely that many of the resumes will stop being read after the professional summary, so make sure that yours is strong. There are two rules to making a fantastic professional summary. Always start with your title and years of experience and never use first or third person pronouns such as I, him or her. The professional summary in the sample doesn’t state the years of experience and uses third person pronouns. Here is an example of how to make the summary better. Wrong Summary Experienced retail management professional with strong leadership skills and multi-tasking strengths looking to expand her career in a fast-growing company where her potential may be fully realized. Right Summary Experienced retail management professional with 12 years of experience. Strong leadership skills and multi-tasking strengths. Self-starter who thrives in fast-paced environments and always faces a challenge head-on. This summary shows how long you have been working in the field and what you can do for the company instead of what the company can do for you.
Use Bullet Lists
One common mistake that many resumes make is not using bullet lists throughout the resume. Many people will use them for the highlights/skills section, and then abandon them. Bullet points make information easy to find and read, and they will make your resume look crisp and clean. The accomplishments section in the sample has information listed, but it’s missing the bullets. The experience section looks jumbled without bullet points. Here is an example of how they would clean it up. Wrong Experience Skechers USA April 2010 to Current Assistant Manager Tampa, FL Delivered excellent customer service by greeting and assisting each customer. Addressed customer inquiries and resolved complaints. Reorganized the sales floor to meet company demands. Directed and supervised staff of 12-15 employees engaged in sales, inventory-taking and reconciling cash receipts. Trained all new managers on store procedures and policies. Trained staff to deliver outstanding customer service, resulting in a 120% increase in sales from one year to the next. Right Experience Skechers USA April 2010 to Current Assistant Manager Tampa, FL
You can see how much easier the information is to read with the bullet points there.
You can’t leave out important details of your resume. For example, this sample resume shows that the applicant went to the University of South Florida for BioMedical Science. That is a prestigious field, yet it doesn’t show a date, a degree, or anything else. It also says, Made Deans List first few semesters in attendance. That statement makes it look like the GPA played no factor in making the Dean’s List. Even if that’s the case, it sounds better if that part is left out. Simply stating, Made Dean’s List sounds great and it’s still true. Make sure you list the dates you attended college and any degree that you obtained. This sample resume is a great start to a wonderful retail management professional resume. You can use it, along with this information about that to change, and build your own resume on LiveCareer.