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It’s true what they say: you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your resume is a prospective employer’s first glimpse of you, so you want it to have a positive impact that lasts. Resume experts have reviewed this short order cook resume sample and identified some common mistakes in order to help you avoid making them. Polish your own resume using these professional tips to make sure it finds its way to the top of the stack and gets you in for the interviews you want.
Use accomplishments to your advantage
It is certainly a good idea to highlight specific accomplishments, awards, and accolades in a resume, as Chelsi has done in this sample. However, if an Accomplishments section will include fewer than three mentions, it’s better to include these with your work history and experience. A single award will be more impressive shining from among your other qualifications than isolated in an otherwise empty category.
Emphasize your skills with bullet points
As you can see by looking at Chelsi’s Highlights in the sample resume, bullet points help your skills jump off the page in a way that paragraphs don’t. Use bullet points to highlight your work history and experience. Instead of: I am responsible for cleaning, waste removal, maintaining inventory, managing register, answering phones, various tasks on the computer, customer service, as well as training new employees. While at this job i have received compensation for my skills in pay, as well as customer service awards. Use:
A hiring manager may only skim your resume for a moment. If she can’t see at a glance what you have to offer, she won’t search for it. Use bullet points to catch her eyeand stay in her memory.
There’s no I in team
Note that cleaning up Chelsi’s work experience involved dropping the subjects of her sentences, namely I. The I is understoodit’s your resume; who else would you be talking about? Eliminate it and start your bullet points with an action verb. Every job comes with responsibilities; a hiring manager wants to know what you actually do all day. Where Chelsi says: I was responsible for seating guests, taking orders, and serving food and beverages. Also, I was responsible for cleaning, maintaining, and stocking the restaurant you might say instead:
Our friendly hiring manager will pick the person who rolls up her sleeves and restocks those supplies over the person responsible for getting them restocked every time.
Use past tense for past jobs
In the sample resume, Chelsi tells us she is responsible for setting up tables and cleaning, but she also tells us she left the job in question in June of 2013. If your employment has an end date, meaning you no longer report to that job, use the past tense to describe your responsibilities and achievements (as actively as possible, as outlined above). If you’re currently employed, say so by leaving your date range open-ended04/2011-Present, for exampleand using the present tense to describe your current position. On the road to that You’re hired handshake, a polished, easy-to-read resume is an invaluable first step. To make sure your resume represents you at your best, let QuintCareer’s Resume Builder lend a hand.