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Creating an outstanding resume is the most important step you can take to advance your search for a new position. Proper formatting and structure can optimize your presentation of your qualifications so as to attract the attention of potential employers. Professional assistance can be of great value in polishing your resume, so our resume experts have perused a tax director resume sample and offered guidance as to the best ways of pinpointing and correcting frequent missteps. The following points will help you locate and revise any mistakes in your own resume.
Present your Skills and Highlights in two separate sections
For an effective and clear presentation of your qualifications, it is considered best to have two different sections for Skills and Highlights. Your Highlights section should enumerate general characteristics that contribute to a great job performance, such as the ability to work well with others and attentiveness to detail. The Skills section should contain a list of specific job-related abilities, such as knowledge of specialized software or particular professional skills. This candidate, like many others, has combined all these into one section, whereas separating them presents potential employers with a more organized flow of information. WRONG: Skill Highlights
Make sure that all information is relevant
Do not include information that is either irrelevant or will be generally assumed as a matter of course. For example, this candidate includes the statement that she is fluent in English. Unless she is applying for positions in non-English speaking countries, employers will assume that a candidate with her qualifications, including a U.S. college degree and years of executive experience, is fluent in English. Including information of this kind is unnecessary because it does not add to employers’ understanding of your qualifications. It also clutters up your resume and is likely to attract negative attention, causing employers to wonder why you felt it important to include.
Additional Information sections should not be included
This sample resume includes at the end an Additional Information section. In the past, job-seekers have used this section to offer personal information or list experience or qualifications that were not directly related to the position they sought. Today, personal information beyond name and contact information is not included on resumes. Here, the job candidate uses this section to list information about volunteer experiences. Candidates should use their judgment in determining whether volunteer information should be included. If your resume contains little professional experience because you are a recent graduate or have been unemployed for a long time, listing volunteer experience can be a good way to show employers that you have been spending your time productively. Volunteer experience can also lead to learning valuable skills that may be relevant to your job search. If this is the case for you, list your volunteer positions in your Experience section as you would list paid work, noting in parentheses that you served as a volunteer, and enumerate your job duties and the skills you used. On the other hand, the candidate who wrote this sample resume clearly offers an abundance of directly relevant professional experience. Her purpose in submitting a list of volunteer activities is likely to show a commitment to service and her ability to combine volunteer work with a high level of professional achievement. If you feel that listing volunteer experience would enhance your resume, it should be included under a section called Volunteer Experience with brief listings of your volunteer positions. Here, the job applicant included the organizations she worked for but not what she did for them or the time periods. To obtain the best possible results, it pays to use professional help when crafting your tax director resume. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to enhance your resume and make it stand out.