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Writing your resume is an important part of the application process as it can be your potential employer’s first impression of you. Writing an excellent resume means providing an authentic account of your qualifications, skills, and professional work experience. In order to help you out, we have reviewed a sample Student Software Engineering resume and highlighted areas that could be considered problematic or would need reworking. Be sure to pay attention to these sections so that you avoid making the same common mistakes on your own resume writing. Before you know it, you will be ready to move forward in attaining your new career.
Consolidate the summary
The summary is the introduction to your resume, and should be written in concise and descriptive fragments. Think of the summary as your chance to make a memorable sales pitch that sums up your skills and experiences. The applicant has used full sentences and the first-person, which are both more appropriate for the cover letter and should be avoided in the resume.
Always use bullets for listing items
Formatting is a crucial aspect of your resume, as it maximizes its readability. Chances are, the reader does not have a ton of time to devote to each application. Therefore you want to make sure that your format is as organized as possible. Using bullet points and brief descriptions of your responsibilities is the best way to achieve this. Notice the difference in these two formats: WRONG: Experience Caterer October 2011 to August 2012Sodexo ? Kenosha, WI I worked several different “jobs” while catering. My responsibilities changed depending on what I was doing that day. As a server it was my responsibility to make sure the customers were happy and satisfied with my service and to help others when they would need it. This involved bringing out food, filling drinks, gather dirty dishes, and anything else the customer asked or desired. As back of house my responsibilities were to keep the back clean and tidy, clean off and wash any dishes the servers brought back, and to plate up the food that was to be going out. General responsibilities were to clean up the venue after the event was over, help other workers in areas if they were being overwhelmed, make sure everything was set up for the next event, and lock up the venue when everything was finished. My co-workers and I were constantly praised after each event, we were quick and efficient, we always did a great job in not only satisfying the customer, but also our supervisors. RIGHT: Experience Caterer October 2011 to August 2012Sodexo ? Kenosha, WI
This section was drastically edited because the applicant had used full sentences that were long-winded and ineffective. Your potential employer is most likely to remember brief and specific details relevant to the experience rather than vague summaries.
Avoid unnecessary descriptions
Remember that an excellent resume is brief in nature and contains new information with every sentence. Therefore, you want to make sure to avoid repetitive language or unnecessary information. In this sample resume, the applicant has included the statement I attended this University my first year of college from 2011-2012. Using full sentences is not needed here, as a simple date would have sufficed. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today and learn more about how you could have you resume reviewed in the same way that we have reviewed this sample resume.