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You’re putting a lot of time and effort into crafting the perfect resume to land that dream job. We don’t want you to have to start from scratch, so we’ve consulted with resume experts to explain common errors in this special education consultant teacher resume sample. Read on so that you won’t make the same mistakes.
Replace the objective statement with a summary paragraph
The objective listed on this resume is a classic example of why objective statements are no longer used: they state the obvious. Instead of dedicating an entire section to stating: I would like a job here, please, use that space just below your contact information to create a summary paragraph. Introduce yourself. List a few of your accomplishments. Use powerful action words to show that you are a dynamic, hard-working, problem-solving, results-oriented worker. This is your hook. It may be your only chance to convince a prospective employer to really examine the rest of your resume, which you’ve worked so hard on.
Keep list items consistent
In the first section of this sample resume, the writer has listed a number of qualifications. Although each item listed is relevant to the position sought, the list itself is inconsistent and feels pasted together. Keep your verb tenses consistent, even though you aren’t using complete sentences here. To be sure that your bulleted lists read like coherent bodies of information, imagine each point following the same introductory phrase, such as I have. WRONG:
In the top example, I have experience working
and I have working knowledge
would both make sense, but I have certified
or I have motivating
would not. In the second list, each of the points make sense when you preface them with I have
You can also use I am
or I am proficient in
The key is to choose one phrase to imagine as a preface and then make sure that each of your bullet points consistently works with that preface.
The second bullet point in this sample’s summary of qualifications is: Experience working special needs students. The word with was left out. Even though you don’t need to use perfectly crafted, complete sentences for these bulleted points, your phrases should make sense. This lack of attention to detail could turn off a potential employer very quickly. Be sure to take a day or two away from your resume before going back to proofread it. If you don’t have the luxury of time, print out your document and proofread the hard copy slowly, out loud. You will catch more mistakes this way. For even better results, ask someone else to proofread it for you. They will be more likely to catch mistakes like missing words, because the writing is new to them and they aren’t automatically filling in the blanks like you may be unconsciously doing.
Intentionally leave some things out
Some things are not necessary or expected on a resume. For example, this sample lists an impressive 4.0 GPA that is over 10 years old. You should only list your GPA if you are a recent graduate, to compensate for including fewer work accomplishments. It’s also best not to mention political or religious affiliations on a resume. The last bullet point on this sample is Taught Catholic religious education. This could be changed to Taught religious education or Taught at a parochial school, or it could be left off entirely. An exception to this would be if you were seeking employment in the same vein and in that case, mentioning the specifics would be relevant. Ready to apply what you’ve just learned in this special education consultant teacher resume sample? Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to quickly and easily create your own impactful resume.