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Writing a professional, mistake free resume can be a challenge especially if you lack the expertise needed to write resumes. You can get a lot of tips from experts about common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them by using this senior credit analyst resume sample to get ideas about how to write your own resume. Using tools like this sample resume will allow you to gain the confidence you need to create an eye catching, professional-looking resume for your job search. ? Make your information pop ? Part of resume writing is making sure that your resume will stand out from the resumes of your peers that the hiring manager will likely see. You can do this by including keywords in your highlights section and making all of your information buzzworthy. On the sample resume, the applicant’s highlight section feels dense in the first column, but the second column is much more succinct. Here’s an example of how this section could be improved to make each part of it concise and eye catching:
As you write your own highlights section, remember to use short phrases that showcase your important knowledges, skills and abilities that will allow you to succeed in the position in question. ? Include adequate information ? Oftentimes your resume is the first thing that a hiring manager will see, and it can determine whether or not you get an interview. This fact affects how much information you have to include on your resume because you have to have enough on there to show the hiring manager that you are a qualified candidate. In order to achieve this level of information, experts suggest that your experience section have five to eight points below each position and that you list the last 15 to 20 years of experience that you have. On the sample resume, the applicant only includes three to four points under each position. Senior Credit Analyst Pawnee Leasing Company Fort Collins, COJun 2002 to Current
Loan Officer CitiFinancial Fort Collins, COOct 2001 to Jun 2002
As you’re writing your own experience section, try to include enough information that will really shine a light on your capabilities and make the hiring manager want to meet you. ? Use the correct verb tenses ? Knowing which verb tense to use while you write your resume can be tricky especially in the experience section. Experts suggest that you use the present tense for any positions that you are currently in and past tense for any positions with an end date. On the senior credit analyst sample resume, the applicant uses present tense throughout the experience section. In the excerpt above, you can see an easy change was made to the second position listed to correct this common mistake. Pay special attention to the verb tenses that you use as you write your own resume. ? Choose sections that fit ? You want to include a lot of information, but you also want to make sure to only include information that is pertinent to the position that you are applying for at the time. The sample resume does a good job of using each section well and including relevant information. If you are trying to figure out what sort of sections your resume should have, try using some of these common sections:
Make sure to only include the sections that fit your personal experience. Some people may be in a lot of professional committees and clubs, while others may have no professional affiliations or memberships. ? Keep using tools ? Now that you have learned a bit about some common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them, it is time to start writing your own resume. As you write your own resume, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to ensure that you end up with a professional looking resume for your job search.