Writing a resume can be tricky, so it’s always a good idea to get a little help. We’ve consulted with the experts so you don’t have to, and we’re going to look over a real life retail service specialist resume sample to point out some common mistakes. You can use what you learn here to create your own stellar resume.
Accomplishments Should Be in a Bullet List and Use Action Verbs
The Accomplishments section is your chance to highlight your most important and impressive achievements. You want to be sure they really stand out, so it is best to present them in a bullet list and start each point with an action verb. So for this resume, the Accomplishments section looks like this: Accomplishments Graduated with honors from Cerritos College while working over thirty hours per week. Was promoted to assistant manager after one year at O’Reilly Auto Parts for demonstrating great judgment, efficiency and initiative. Helped to manage a team which was able to surpassed sales quotas for the year of 2012. Recognized for providing excellent customer service. Helped store beat 2012 sales goals. However, a quick makeover makes it look much more interesting: Accomplishments *Graduated with honors from Cerritos College while working over thirty hours per week *Promoted to assistant manager after one year at O’Reilly Auto Parts for demonstrating great judgment, efficiency and initiative *Managed a team that was able to surpass sales quotas for the year of 2012 *Honored for providing excellent customer service *Helped store beat 2012 sales goals
Make Sure Everything Under Experience is Directly Related to You
Your resume is your sales pitch. You are selling yourself and your value as an employee to a prospective employer. This means everything in your resume should be talking directly about your achievements and skills. Under the Jamba Juice job entry in the Experience section, it says this: Store was designated district training center due to excellent demonstration of customer service and profitability. It isn’t clear how this reflects the applicant’s skills. A better way to phrase this so it is specific to the applicant and demonstrating the applicant’s skills, would be to say something like this: Demonstrated excellent customer service and assisted with ensuring high profitably of store, which resulted in the store being designated as a district training center.
Include Five To Eight Bullets Under Each Job
While some jobs may not have really involved a lot of duties or you may not have been at a job for a long period time in order to rack up an impressive list of achievements, each job should really have at least five points under it describing your duties, contributions and any special recognition. The New York & Company entry in this resume looked like this: New York & Company September 2010 to November 2010 Stock Organizer Seal Beach, CA Checked and organized incoming freight. Stocked retail floor and built sales displays. With some changes, it is expanded and revised to look like this: New York & Company September 2010 to November 2010 Stock Organizer Seal Beach, CA *Checked incoming freight *Organized freight and surrounding areas *Stocked retail floor *Built sales displays So, while the applicant was only at this job with a few months, by revising the list, it makes it look like he was just as committed to working hard and doing a good job in this position as he was with the other jobs listed on his resume. Do note, though, that it could still use one more point, which should be an accomplishment if possible since all the others are duties. Now that you know a bit more about the common mistakes made on resumes, you are ready to put together your own. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to create your own amazing resume.