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Whether you are setting out to write your first resume after college or to tweak your resume after 25 years of experience, resume writing can be a difficult task. It is daunting to think that the resume is often your first impression on a hiring manager. In order to make the best first impression, you should use this special education instructor resume sample to learn about common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them. ? Include relevant sections ? The first thing you want to think about as you write your resume is what sort of information you want to include in it. Experts suggest that you have some core sections like:
Depending on your experience, you may not include each of these sections, but you should include as many of them as are relevant. For example, on the resume sample the applicant only has an experience and education sample, but there should always be a summary section and a skills section is normally included as well. ? Use consistent formatting ? In order to really make a standout resume, you have to have a resume that is professional looking. In order to have a resume that is professional looking, you have to make sure that the formatting is consistent. On the special education instructor resume sample, the formatting in the experience section is not consistent. In certain areas the information is in all caps and bolded or just bolded or just in all caps. Here is a section of the sample experience section reformatted to fit expert guidelines: Special Education Resource Room Teacher Preparation Eastern Michigan University01/1998 01/2009 Ypsilanti, Michigan
Fitness/Water Aerobics Instructor Fitness USA01/1997 01/2005 Dearborn, Michigan
Special Education Resource Room Teacher Romulus Community Schools, Romulus High School01/1997 01/1998 Ypsilanti, Michigan
? Pay special attention to timeline ? Most experts will tell you that you should list your experience and education from most recent and go backwards. This is normally an easy task, but if you had multiple jobs that overlapped it can become a bigger challenge like on the special education instructor sample resume. You need to pay attention to the ending date as well as the starting date if you have a lot of overlapping experience. You want to list the jobs you held most recently first, and work backwards from there. If you have jobs that ended in the same year, you want to put the job that you obtained most recently first. ? Try to keep experience recent ? When you write your resume, you don’t always need to go back to your first work experience. Experts suggest that you include only the last 15 to 20 years of work experience. There are two situations where you may need to include older work experience. If you have been with the same company in the same position for 20 years or if you held a highly relevant position in your past. Otherwise, like in the case of the sample resume, you do not need to go all the way back to you server position in 1976. ? Separate your education from your certifications ? If you have a lot of certifications and licenses, you should separate your education and your certifications from each other. On the special education instructor sample resume, the applicant has a number of certifications that are listed in paragraph form under the education section. In order to make your certifications standout and more readable, you should put them in their own section and use bullet points instead. Remember that you want to highlight your important information, so you should give relevant information separate sections in order to make it more noticeable. ? Get help where you can ? Now that you have learned a little bit about some common resume writing mistakes and how they can be avoided, you are ready to start writing your own standout resume. Make sure to get help where you can by using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder in order to ensure that you build the best resume that will catch the eye of many hiring managers.