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A great resume is the first step in the hiring process; when you have one, your chances of an interview are much improved. One way to make a better resume is to look through samples, noting what works and what doesn’t, and using that information to edit your own. That is why we’ve had our experts look at this salon stylist resume sample and point out some errors; use these tips to start the process of making a better resume for yourself.
Use paragraph form in your summary
Unlike the rest of a standard resume, the opening summary doesn’t need to be in a list or bullet form. It’s better that it reads like a paragraph, expect without personal pronouns such as “I” or “me.” This is your chance to highlight certain personal qualities and experience you have, so don’t loose the reader by repeating yourself or listing only ordinary accomplishments. Here’s an example of how the summary in this sample resume could be made better: WRONG: Enthusiastic stylist trained in cutting and coloring techniques. Stylist trained in chemical processing and color mixing for all stages of application. Versed in styling hair in French braids, twists and updos for creating unique looks for special events. Ambitious, hardworking possessing extensive knowledge of industry changes, modern and classic hair designs and hair care techniques for women, men and children. RIGHT: Enthusiastic stylist trained in a variety of cutting and coloring techniques. Able to safely handle chemical processing and color mixing for attractive and consistent results. Versed in hair styling execution, including French braids and twists, and knowledgeable enough about hair to make subtle changes to popular styles to give a client a unique look. Ambitious and hardworking with extensive knowledge of industry changes, modern and classic hair designs, and hair care techniques for women, men and children.
Be consistent in your use of bullet points
Bullet style is important to making your resume readable, but having a consistent format is important to making your resume professional. Make sure to use the same bullet shape and the same length of indent in every part of your resume. It’s possible some of these errors occurred while copying and pasting certain parts of the resume, which is addressed later. Using a resume builder can help avoid small formatting errors.
Even if you have had very similar jobs in the past, it’s important that your work experience descriptions have as little repetition as possible. If you’re listing a function of the job that is very common or ordinary, then don’t include it every time. Instead, focus on any special ways you excelled at your job or improved your work environment these are qualities a potential employer will be excited to have. It’s obvious in this sample resume that certain work descriptions have been copied and pasted, this will stand out to an employer and they’ll be less likely to contact you for an interview.
Be thorough, but don’t use too many bullets per job
This step will be easy to correct once some of the repetition is removed from the resume. You want to make sure to highlight all the most important aspects of the job you performed, so remove anything that is less important, ordinary or repetitive. A good range to shoot for is 5 to 8 unique bullets per job description. With these tips, you’re ready to begin crafting a great resume using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Don’t be discouraged if you make mistakes, that’s what practice is for, and with practice and lots of samples you can be sure your resume will shine.