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You have the experience and training necessary to prove to employers that you will make an excellent employee, but is your resume holding you back? Common mistakes can make for a bad job-search experience if you don’t know what to look for. We’ve asked our experts to examine this security guard resume sample and give us their feedback. Check out what they had to say and apply it to your own.
The professional summary section should be at least four lines long and in paragraph format
The professional summary is designed to give applicants some time to sell their best skills, experience and traits with potential employers. Frederick formats the professional summary incorrectly by using bullet points and not making it long enough. To amend this issue, he needs to remove the bullet points and write more about the experience he has that is relevant to the job for which he is applying. WRONG: Professional Summary
RIGHT: Professional Summary I am a dedicated security guard dedicated to protecting clients, property, and persons. I have less than ten years of experience working security detail. I am an ambitious student with excellent research, time management and problem solving skills. I am a United States Citizen and have registered for Selective Service.
Make sure the skills section columns are evenly distributed
Formatting rules are always important to follow because they make a resume look clean and polished. This applicant has a lopsided skills section. To fix this error, he needs to move some skills to the left column or separate his technical skills to flesh out the left column. WRONG: Skills
Current job duties should be written in present tense
Tense is easily overlooked, but paying attention to the rules pays off in the end. All jobs that are no longer held should be written in past tense, and all jobs that are currently held should be written in present tense. The job details under this applicant’s current job are written in past tense. Frederick needs to change the verbs to reflect present tense.
Don’t include references on the resume
For a long time, references were a standard inclusion on resumes. Now, however, they are no longer necessary as employers will ask for them if they want them. This applicant includes references at the end of each job entry. He would fix this by removing the references altogether.
Never include salary information
Just like the references, salary information should be left off of a resume. Frederick includes salary information. He would remove this to make his resume fall in line with this rule.
Make sure each job entry has five to eight points
Details are great to include on a resume because they show employers specific skills learned during previous jobs. This applicant, however, has too few entries for the internship he has chosen to include. Each entry needs to have five to eight points that detail duties, projects or accomplishments.
Increase the minimum font size for easy reading
Font size should never fall below 10-pt, even if space is an issue. Small font is hard to read and may get a resume put aside instead of read. This applicant uses 9-pt font size, which is close but not big enough. He needs to increase the minimum font size to 10-pt. across the entire resume. Now, it’s time to prove to employers what you’re made of by applying these resume sample tips to your resume. Why not get your standout resume done faster and easier with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder?