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In order to get called for an interview with a potential employer, it helps to have a resume that shows off your professionalism. One easy way to make yours standout is to look over common mistakes in sample resumes. We’ve asked our experts to look over this special education teacher assistant resume sample to give you points and tips that you can apply to your own.
Build yourself up in the Professional Summary
The Professional Summary section is the time to sell the best experience points and personal traits you have that are relevant to the position you are going after. This section should be in paragraph form, with differentiated sentences, which this resume fails to do. Be direct about your skills while keeping the correct format. Make sure to write in first person, as well. WRONG: Summary Special Education Teacher Assistant versed in crisis and daily behavior management, able to establish direct, clear and helpful boundaries with students of varying emotional and intellectual capacities. RIGHT: Summary Special Education Teacher Assistant versed in crisis and daily behavior management. Establish and maintain direct, clear and helpful boundaries with students of varying emotional and intellectual capacities.
Put each section in appropriate order
Accomplishments are great to include on a resume, especially when they help sell you as a potential asset to the company you want to work for. However, they should reflect calculable things, and you should use metrics whenever possible. There should be at least three bullet points here. This resume writer has a great first accomplishment, but second and third accomplishment aren’t strong enough to stand above the Experience section. In this case, her accomplishments should be included in the Experience section.
Use large enough font
Your employer might have impeccable eyesight, but that’s not something you want to bet on. You should always have at least 10-pt font, which this resume doesn’t have, even if it means your resume goes onto the next page. This way, your information is easier to read, and your employer may be more likely to continue reading it.
Make sure to proofread
You’ve worked hard to get the education and experience to go after the position you want, so don’t let little mistakes ruin it for you. Along with unnecessary spaces and typos, this resume leaves an embarrassing string of question marks in the Experience section. Careful proofreading will catch mistakes in grammar and spelling, as well as those placeholders you meant to take out.
Only list certain education points
If you graduated or attended college, you don’t need to list your high school as part of the Education section like this resume does. The only reason your high school would need to be on your resume would be if it is your only education. Employers make the assumption that if you went to college, you must have finished high school.
Use periods after bulleted sentences
In the second job entry, the resume writer does a good job putting periods on the ends of her sentences. In the first entry, however, she forgets them. Whenever you have a sentence, even if it is missing its pronoun, place a period at the end for the most professional look. WRONG: Loudoun County Public Schools/Seneca Ridge Middle School ? Sterling, VA
RIGHT: Loudoun County Public Schools/Seneca Ridge Middle School ? Sterling, VA
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