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What counts even more than your education and experience is a professional and easy to read resume. The best way to put out a stellar resume is to view samples, like this senior personnel management advisor resume sample, to note errors, and then avoid those same mistakes in your resume. Our resume experts have looked over this particular sample already and come up with ways to correct its errors; use this for practice before looking at other samples.
Format for clarity and readability
This resume is too difficult to read because the sections are not consistently formatted and are too close together. One easy fix is to put more space between each section, but even better would be to tab over content beneath each header, or to include a horizontal dividing line. When an employer is looking at resumes, they usually have a few particular items in mind they want to find quickly. In this resume, if an employer was trying to find education, it would be a little difficult. Make sure your resume is formatted for readability, otherwise you could end up in the discard pile without even getting an interview.
Use bullets when describing job experience
Also important for readability is to describe your work experience in bullet form, and try to have at least 5 bullets. When doing this, make sure to include anything specific to you, such as duties you particularly excelled at, improvements you made to the workplace or promotions you earned. Avoid writing your experience as though it’s a job description, a potential employer wants to know why you are a better fit than someone else applying for the same job. Finally, and this is true for every section of your resume, if there is something particular to the job you’re applying for which you have done in the past or accomplished include it! Here’s how one of the job descriptions could look: WRONG: Tactical Team Leader Managed up to 10 Soldiers within multiple tactical operations. RIGHT: * Tactical Team Leader * Managed up to 10 soldiers within multiple tactical operations. * Mentored and guided unit members capable of leadership roles. * Encouraged professional growth among team members. * Modified tactical plans when needed. * Created simulated tactical operations for team development.
When you’re currently employed, use present tense
In your work experience, any jobs you currently have should be described in present tense. Instead of saying you transported, guided or helped, say transport, guide or help. This is a job you are currently doing, and by listing items in past tense you imply that you no longer perform those duties. It might take some getting used to, one way to practice is to write your current job descriptions in full sentences using “I” and then removing the personal pronoun. You may have to make some adjustments, but this will give you a good starting point.
Only list education past high school
In cases where you only went to high school, then include it in your resume. Otherwise, it’s simply assumed you finished with a GED or equivalent if you went on to other educational facilities. What this resume does right is include what coursework was done and any awards received at the academy and career college attended. If you also received awards in high school which have to do with the job you’re applying for, then you can include those in your highlights or accomplishments section. With these tips, you’re ready to start looking through samples on your own, and to begin crafting your resume using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. This great tool will ensure your formatting is professional and consistent, and is available with even more tips and suggestions.