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You want to make your resume professional looking, full of pertinent information and easy to read because it is often the first contact you have with hiring managers. Making it easy to read, informative and good looking can be difficult if you dont know how to avoid common resume writing mistakes. Thankfully, you can use the sales and customer service representative resume sample to learn about common mistakes and how you can avoid them. ? Stay concise, yet communicative ? Experts suggest that you keep your resume to one page for every ten years of experience that you have without exceeding three pages. Taking all of your experience, skills and education and fitting them on one page can be a huge undertaking. In order to be successful, you have to keep your entries short while still giving enough information to show the hiring manager that you are a good candidate for the position. You can also try to keep all of your experience within the last 15-20 years. ? Make your summary a sales pitch ? One area where you really need to focus on being concise and informative is the summary section. Experts suggest that you keep this section between four and six sentences, and that those sentences should give an overview of your experience, showcase major skills and give a sampling of important personality traits. The summary section on the sales and customer service representative sample resume could be rewritten in order to meet more of this expert suggested criteria: Dedicated customer service representative with over ten years of experience. Worked in fast-paced positions that required multi-tasking, accuracy and efficiency. Extremely motivated to maintain customer satisfaction and add to company success. Flexible, hardworking, detail oriented and organized worker with a drive to succeed. This new summary showcases the applicants experiences and skills, while not being too wordy. ? Keep your experience current ? Part of keeping your resume concise is including your more recent experience, and maybe leaving your college job off of your resume. On the sample resume, the applicants experience goes all the way back to 1991 when in reality the last couple of experience entries do not have to be included. As you are writing your own experience section, consider these expert tips:
? Keep your experience readable ? No matter how communicative your resume is if it is not easily readable, it will not be as successful as you need it to be. Experts suggest that you make your experience section readable by using bullets rather than a paragraph format. On the sample resume, the applicant lists the experience, but does not use bullets. Avoiding this mistake is extremely easy. All you have to do is use bullets when you write your own experience section. ? Make your sections consistent ? Finally, you can add to the professional look of your resume by making sure that all of the sections are consistently formatted. On the sales and customer service representative sample resume, the applicants highlights section is inconsistently formatted because one of the bullets has two points under it. Similarly, the experience section is inconsistent because the applicant uses a mix of past and present tense in a few of the entries. AFTER HIGHLIGHTS SECTION:
Experts suggest that your highlights section have between three and eight points in each column. Experts also suggest that in your experience section current positions use present tense, while positions you have left use past tense. ? Use all of the tools ? Now that you know how to avoid a few common mistakes, it is time to sit down and write your own concise, communicative and consistent resume. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to ensure that you make a standout resume for your job search.