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To write the best resume, it is a good idea to look at examples of other resumes and study the techniques used. Our experts have helped you in this process by looking over this Student Researcher resume sample and identifying all the common errors that need to be fixed. Keep these notes in mind as you work on your resume.
Do not use personal pronouns anywhere in your resume
Personal statements are used in a cover letter, but not in a resume. A resume should be a description of a job candidate’s qualifications from an outside perspective. This will help to appear as professional as possible while making things read more smoothly. Think of statements in your resume as first-person sentences with the pronouns removed.
All lists should be in bullet point format
An accomplishments section should have short phrases with no periods. It should be a bullet list with at least 3 points. An Experience section will work fine with dashes, but bullet points are even better, as their bold shading stands out more prominently. Do not use complete sentences or personal pronouns. Include only specifically proven accomplishments and recognition, not soft items such as produced the best quality work I could. The fact of having obtained a degree belongs in the Education section, and does not need to be shared in Accomplishments. WRONG: Accomplishments In college, I worked at a hotel and within two years I was promoted to assistant manager, where I managed the office and resloved interpersonal conflict. I worked as assistant manager for five years while attaining my degree. In college, as an undergraduate, I consistently excelled in my studies, often going above what the professor asked for in assignment in order to produce the best quality work I could. I was inducted into the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta, in 2005. I also received the highest grades and honors for my senior theses, as both papers were honored by the University as examples of excellence in student writing. In graduate school, I was honored to present papers at several academic conferences, and graduated with a masters degree in 2010. RIGHT: Accomplishments
Do not include hours per week, salary, or name and contact of supervisor
If your employer seeks references, they will ask you to provide them. This information does not belong on a resume. An Experience section should have the Employer, dates of employment, location of employment, and detailed description of performance. Any other information is not needed.
Include only information that is relevant
While a Master’s Thesis might be on an interesting topic, and while there may have been some outstanding presentations given, these kinds of activity are not really qualifications. They should only be added if the specific topics directly relate to the position being applied for. For the applicant in the sample resume to have mentioned the presentations they gave in the Accomplishments section is enough. The only time to include specific projects is if they demonstrate some kind of excellence, such as special recognition or presented at a highly prestigious event. If these kinds of items are going to be relevant, it may be a good idea to move this information to the education section and treat it as relevant coursework. Taking what you just learned and applying it to your resume is simple when you use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Try it out today.