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How to create your summary
The summary gets your resume started and introduces yourself. This should be a paragraph that is about four lines long. This sample summary is a little on the sparse side, but it also suffers from poor content. The information that is provided is acceptable for a summary, if a little repetitive, but there needs to be more. The writer should include details about previous working experiences, specific skills and abilities that have been acquired, and information about how long they have been working in the field.
Add a skills section
After your summary, you should have a section that outlines or highlights your skills. This writer seems to have forgotten to add the actual section after creating the section header. Always be sure to run through your resume after finishing to find any mistakes or missing content. Your skills should be formatted as two columns of bullet points, each with about three or four points. It is effective to create a list that has a wide variety of skills to show how varied your abilities are. You can include points about your work ethic, such as Dedicated or Patient, your relationship with others, such as Excellent team member, and specific skills relating to your field.
Formatting your work history
Finally, after the skill highlight, write the working experiences section, which is the most important section. This section also has some of the strictest requirements for formatting. Notice that the format changes between the first and second positions. More important than having the standard format, always be consistent with the formatting that you do have. It looks very unprofessional to change the style suddenly. Take a look at how the first position is written, because it is spot on: Special Education Teacher, 09/2010 to Current Walter Damrosh School 186X 750 Jennings Street, Bronx, NY 10459
The bullet points are relevant and strong; they start with action verbs, and are void of personal pronouns. It is also written in the present tense because it is the current position. The later jobs should be formatted exactly like this one as well as lengthened.
Managing the length
The length of your resume is surprisingly important. You are trying to completely fill a single page, which means this sample resume is too short. Obviously it will be lengthened when the missing skills section is added, but it may also need to be lengthened through an extended summary or by adding an optional section. The optional sections that you can add include Accomplishments after the skills, or several others at the end of the resume, such as Affiliations or Certification.
Finally, note that the formatting across the entire resume is too generic. There are a couple previously discussed mistakes that contribute to this issue, including the missing skills section and inconsistent formatting in the experience section. Regardless, an eye should be given to ensuring that the information is broken up and your resume is not just a large block of text. LiveCareer has got your back when you are writing your resume. Use our Resume Builder, as well as our tips and tricks to make creating a resume and searching for a job simple.