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Writing a resume is an important part of the job search process, but it can be also one of the trickiest parts. There are many different expert guidelines out there, and it can be hard to keep track of what you should and should not do. Thankfully, you can use this senior systems administrator resume sample to learn about common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them as you work on your own professional document. ? Make a sales pitch ? Your entire resume should be a sales pitch, so it makes sense that experts suggest that you start promoting yourself in the summary section. This section is supposed to be four to six sentences that highlight the skills, experience and personality traits that you have that make you a good fit for the position in question. On the sample resume the applicant’s profile section should be a summary section. In order to make this section better, the applicant would have to add more about the skills that they have gained throughout their experience that would help them in the position at hand. When you write your own summary section, try to make it a sales pitch in order to really catch the eye of the hiring manager. ? Avoid oversharing in core qualifications ? Many people are tempted to share a lot of information in their core qualifications, sometimes called skill highlights, section. However, experts suggest that each column should have between three and eight points and that those points should be relevant to the position that you are applying to get. The sample applicant has more points than the experts suggest in this section. This is an easy fix because he just has to take out points that are discussed elsewhere or are not that relevant. Make sure that this section does not get too dense or too repetitive when you write your own skill highlights section. ? Use the best format for the experience section ? The information found in your experience section is some of the most important information on the entire resume. You want to make sure that it is presented in the best way possible, and according to experts that means using bullet points to differentiate between what you did, how you did it and any special projects you worked on in each position. Experts suggest that you should have between five and eight points below each position that you include. When you write your own experience section ensure that hiring managers will be able to see all of the important details by using bullet points and the table tool to format this section. ? Focus on verb tense ? The verbs you use in your experience section should show hiring managers what you are doing currently and what you did in the past. Experts suggest that any positions you are still currently in should use present tense verbs and anything else should use past tense. On the senior systems administrator sample resume, the applicant uses present tense verbs in some of the positions that have an end date. This is something that you can easily avoid as you build your own work history document. ? Find a happy medium ? It is important that you find a happy medium for the amount of information that you share in your resume. Experts suggest that you should include the last 15 to 20 years of your experience and no more. They also suggest that your entire resume should be one page for every decade of experience that you have without exceeding three pages. When you write your own resume, try to share any pertinent information without sharing anything that is repetitive, too personal, religious, political or controversial in order to find the happy medium. Now that you have a better idea of what you should include in your resume, it is time to start writing. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder as you work on your document in order to end up with the best result possible.