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Putting together a resume can be pretty difficult if you don’t know where to start. To help you out, we’ve enlisted expert help to identify common errors in real-life resumes so that you can avoid making these same mistakes. Take a look at this Technical Project Management Graduate resume sample and the tips we’ve compiled on how to make it better, then use that knowledge to craft your next resume.
Remember to check grammar and punctuation
Always make sure to check your resume for punctuation and grammar errors so that it comes off as professional as you are. Spell check may not find all the mistakes. Make sure you pay special attention to any wrong words (words that are technically spelled correctly but are not the word you meant) or missing words.
Choose the right information for your job descriptions
Using the right information to describe a current or past job is a very important part of showing your skills in the right light. In the sample resume for a Technical Project Management Graduate, the job description for the applicant’s position, Automation Engineer, lists mainly past accomplishments, which are described in past tense. Present tense is usually preferred for describing current positions, and it’s good to include information that discusses the applicant’s experience with leadership, management or other areas that show competency. Here are a few examples of effective bullets.
These three bullets are in present tense and show measurable successes of the applicant.
Choose the right tense for job descriptions
Always check through your resume to make sure the tense is appropriate for the section. Here is one more example of confused tenses in this resume. The following bullet is listed for a past job. WRONG:
Use metrics if you can
Using quantifiable measures of success, or metrics, can really improve your resume’s effectiveness by giving potential employers an example of the concrete, measurable improvements you made in your workplace. This resume sample highlights some impressive professional successes in the accomplishments section but doesn’t include specific numbers. Adding metrics is an easy fix. See the bolded addition below. Accomplishments Development of Organizational Processes
Use just the right number of bullets
There are a few good rules of thumb to follow when using bullets in resumes. For each accomplishment, use at least three bullets. For each job listed, you should include between five and eight bullets. More than that may be left unread if an HR professional only has time to quickly scan your resume. The job description for Tool Designer in this sample resume contains 15 total bullets, while some of the achievements listed in the Achievements section only contain two. If your resume contains too few or to many bullets, consider consolidating or augmenting some of them. WRONG: Creation of Quality Process Documentation
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