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Just because all of the information on your resume is relevant and free of typos does not mean that your resume is good enough to get noticed. Using this and other corrected resume samples can teach you to avoid these problems and move your resume into the right pile.
Make Sure the Summary Section is Easy to Read
The senior business analyst resume sample we reviewed did a pretty decent job of presenting skills and experience in the summary of the resume. The only problem is that they are organized in two sentences that feature long lists of skills. The summary section is an overview of your skills and it is supposed to be in paragraph form because it’s not meant to be a list. Otherwise it would be just another section on your resume containing numerous bullet points. Highlighting some of your skills is acceptable, but try to keep it around two or three skill sets for this section. Make sure the tone is professional and easy to read.
Use Understandable Terms
Throughout this resume, acronyms and obscure terms are used with little or no explanation. A hiring manager might not realize that some of the strong points on your resume are even there if he or she can’t figure out what the acronym you’re using means. If you do manage to land an interview, you will have to waste most of your time translating your resume. Save yourself the trouble and spell out all acronyms on the first reference and include the abbreviation in parenthesis afterwards (i.e. Business Intelligence (BI)). From the second reference on, you can use the abbreviated form. Avoid jargon and just use the layman’s terms where applicable.
Organization is Key
In the highlights section of the resume, which this applicant has chosen to call Core Qualifications, she has listed many skills, positions, and programs she is familiar with. These don’t seem to be in any particular order, though. This section would best be split into sub categories in order to make the information easy to digest. The soft skills she’s listed like agile and strong analytical skills shouldn’t be scattered between software she is familiar with and the positions she’s chosen to highlight. The positions should be listed separately from her skills or omitted altogether because her work history is below the highlights section. Also, if you are listing software or programs you are familiar with in your skills section, do not simply list the software name as this applicant did. Use proficient in, familiar with, or X years of experience in before the name of the software. Another thing worth noting about the sample resume is that there is one skill that is singled out under a Technical Skills category. If you only have one piece of information in a category, remove that category and place the skill elsewhere. In this case, the applicant’s software development skill would be best placed in her Core Qualifications section.
It is best not to list dates next to your skills unless you have a date for every skill. If you wish to put how long you have had a particular skill, this is fine as long as you do it to all of them. Also, make sure that your verb usage stays in the same sense. For example, don’t start the first bullet with Managing clients and the next with Possesses leadership skills. Try to start each line that describes your duties with a strong verb. Notice how each line starts with a verb is in the same tense as the previous. If all of the bullets were like this, the sample resume would have been much more effective. Don’t let an otherwise good resume fall short because of these types of errors. Let Live Career’s Resume Builder tool help you get the keys to success for your resume.