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No matter what job you’re applying for, a quality resume can set you apart from the competition. To increase your chances of securing an interview, it can be helpful to research what goes into crafting a great resume. We’ve reached out to our experts to get feedback about how they would improve this security officer resume sample.
Don’t list job duties in an accomplishments section
Sometimes it can be a good idea to have a separate section for accomplishments. These should be measurable, and specific to either awards or accolades. In this resume, the applicant has a separate accomplishments section, but most of it is actually related to work experience that, through careful reading, is about his active duty. Since he doesn’t make mention of his position at the U.S. Navy until the bottom of the experience section, the reader is left confused. He should move most of this information to the appropriate job so that the information flows smoothly. The applicant’s phrases that do describe measurable accomplishments can remain in the accomplishments section like so: Right:
In the second of these three bullet points, we also inserted U.S. Navy so the reader will know right away what the medal is in reference to.
Use bullet points in experience section
In both the accomplishments and experience sections, the applicant will want to use bullet points to help make the information reader-friendly. We would therefore make his current list of job duties at Whelan Security look like the following. Right:
Notice that we haven’t altered any of the information in this section, as the actual content was fine. Adding bullet points to this existing content makes the information much more readable.
Don’t list high school education if you have a college degree
A high school diploma is only relevant on a resume if the applicant hasn’t received an advanced degree of any kind. Since almost all advanced degrees require high school diplomas, listing this information takes up space that can be better utilized. On this resume, the applicant listed both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma, so the diploma should be removed.
Use parentheses sparingly
While parentheses are fine to use in other types of writing, they can look strange on a resume. One exception to this is listing abbreviations in parentheses after a title, such as Resident Assistant (RA). The applicant of this resume used parentheses in his job experience, and the information will look much more polished if he takes these out. Wrong: Deck Supervisor (US Navy) Government(Military) Right: Deck Supervisor US Navy As you can see, Government (Military) isn’t needed, since that information is implied. The information we’ve provided in this sample can be applied to any resume. To create your own streamlined resume quickly, check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.