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No matter what field of business or career path that you intend on pursuing, you need to have a properly formatted and designed resume to get you there. This may seem like a daunting task, but when you utilize the advice from resume experts it becomes a walk in the park. The following social service assistant resume sample shows common mistakes that resumes often make, and should avoid making.
Flesh out your summary
It’s easy to write a summary that is crisp, clear, and short. However, this may not be the best way to fully communicate your qualifications to a potential employer. Summaries should perform the same task as a 30-second elevator speech would, and should be in paragraph form. WRONG: Summary Skilled Customer Service Representative committed to addressing customer concerns with speed, accuracy and professionalism, while also maintaining and exceeding productivity goals. RIGHT: Summary Skilled Customer Service Representative committed to addressing customer concerns with speed, accuracy and professionalism, while also maintaining and exceeding productivity goals. -one more line about relevant work qualifications -one more line about relevant personality traits Summaries should have around four to six lines of content, and should not be taken lightly. Your summary is your chance to sell yourself upfront and to really catch an employer’s eye.
Don’t include your high school education
Unless you’re a fresh-faced teenager only recently graduated from high school, you don’t need your high school education on your resume. Even if you have impressive graduation achievements from high school, if it didn’t occur recently it is no longer indicative of current work or academic performance. WRONG: Education Bachelor of Arts: Psychology 2006 Wesleyan College Macon, GA, USA
High School Diploma 2002 Appling County High School Baxley, GA, USA
RIGHT: Education Bachelor of Arts: Psychology 2006 Wesleyan College Macon, GA, USA
To that end, you may expound more upon the higher education that you do have, as was done here. Relevant internships, coursework, and campus involvement can be listed to your benefit.
Be more specific with your work experience
It can sometimes be hard to come up with relevant details about work experience for each entry, but you should try to be creative and craft lines of content that are accurate and expansive. WRONG: Merchandising Manager 05/2006 to 03/2007Riverside Ace Hardware Macon, GA
Cashier 03/2005 to 05/2006Wesleyan Ace Hardware Macon, GA
RIGHT: Social Service Assistant 10/2012 to 02/2013Sweeny House Sweeny, TX
This resume does both at different points. In certain work experience entries the writer is appropriately elaborate and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the duties they were expected to perform. However, in other entries they are overly vague, with some bullet points only containing two words each. Try to build bullet points that can each stand on their own regarding relevancy and importance. You should never be discouraged about making your own ideal resume. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is your perfect tool in constructing a working and professional resume to suit your needs.