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Your resume may be severely out-of-date if you have not applied for a job in a while. Crafting an ideal resume that will capture the attention of any employer is the goal of any job-seeker, and we are dedicated to making sure you get all the assistance you need. We had our experts read a security patrol officer resume sample and find everything wrong with it, so take the following pointers to heart.
Summary should not be a cover letter
The summary on this resume is far too formal, and you should never have the phrase To Whom It May Concern on a resume. This is the type of material that would be better suited for a cover letter because resume summaries are meant to be more to the point. You never want to use third-person pronouns in a summary, so the fact that this resume repeatedly says I is a huge mistake. You do not even have to use complete sentences for the resume. Instead of having the sentence: I think that I maintain unique qualifications for this position, as I have been with the department for a little over two years as a Security Patrol Officer (SPO) at the University of California, Berkeley Police Department and am therefore familiar with the big picture operation of a university police department and its personnel. You would want it to be: Maintain unique qualifications for the position, having been a security patrol officer at the University of California, Berkeley Police Departments for a little over two years. Familiar with the big picture operation of a university police department and its personnel. This is so much more concise, and you should generally aim to have four to six sentences in your summary.
Do not have an objective statement in your summary
Many people, including this sample, have the bad habit of including an objective statement in a resume that states that the applicant is looking for a job. Obviously the candidate is looking for a job because he sent his resume in the first place. Having an objective is redundant and it just takes up valuable space on your resume.
For skills section, use short phrases
Having a skills portion of your resume is a great opportunity to pack the page with valuable keywords an employer is going to be looking for. Therefore, similar to the summary, you want to avoid using complete sentence and stick to just using short phrases that succinctly articulate what valuable qualities you possess. For example, this sample resume’s skill highlights has the following bullet point:
This is far too long, and instead, you could just shorten it to be this:
This provides all the same information in a much more easily digestible manner.
Each place of employment should have five to eight bullet points
This person has plenty of work experience, but there are anywhere between one to four bullet points to describe each individual workplace. You want to aim for at least five per job in order to give the fullest picture of what your responsibilities and accomplishments were at each job. This person would need to find some more things to say about each place of work.
Do not include high school education if you have a college degree
This sample resume has a Bachelor’s degree listed in the education section along with a high school diploma. Providing your high school education is superfluous information, and you should stick with whatever education is most recent and relevant. If you are a teenager, then you could get away with including things about high school. Additional help can be gained by using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. It is an incredibly useful tool, and you should see what our experts say about other resumes to learn more helpful tips.