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When searching for a job, creating a resume that is strong and effectively details your experiences, skills, and professional traits can be difficult. LiveCareer wants to make it a little bit easier by compiling expert advice and tips. Take a look at this telecommunications consultant resume sample to see what the common mistakes are so you can avoid them.
Writing your qualifications
After the summary, list your skills in a skill highlights or qualifications section. This section should always be formatted as two columns of three or four bullet points. The writer of this sample resume is exploring quite a long working history, so it is acceptable to go a little bit over this limit, but it still may be beneficial to shorten it to the expected length. Some of the points, such as Customer service management expert and Project management experience could easily be combined into a single bullet point. It would not be easy to find small ways to cut this section slightly, but you should recognize that the actual content is extremely strong. The skills detailed are relevant, varied, and concise.
There are a number of optional sections that you can choose to add. Because this is a longer resume, it is probably not a good idea to include any of them, however. The Relevant experiences section here is not one of the optional sections that are available anyway. Of the information here is important, it should be included in the normal experience section. The optional section that you can choose to add are an Accomplishments or Awards section after the skill highlights or Certifications, Affiliations, or Licenses at the end of the resume.
The experience section
The experience section is the most important part of your resume, and as such, it will be the longest. Despite this fact, the biggest mistake this writer makes is making their experience section too long. It should have five to eight bullets for each position, so some parts should be shortened or lengthened. Additionally, the section details six different positions, which is too many. Some of these jobs can be removed, such as Service Representative which is very old and less relevant or Senior Account Executive which was held for only a few months. Besides this issue, the content of the section is very strong. The current position is in the present tense, while all others are written past tense. Most of the points start with a strong action verb, but a few, especially in the Account Executive position mistakenly start with adverbs or adjectives such as Consistently, Aggressively, or Three-time. These could be changed to something like this: Account ExecutiveOctober 1998 to March 2006 ATT/SBCSan Ramon, CA
Managing the length
Keeping a handle on the length of your resume is important. You should always fit your entire resume on a single page unless you have more than 10 years of experience and you cannot communicate all the information you need to on one sheet. This resume does have an extensive background, and the information listed does warrant two pages, but it should still be shortened slightly because it is extremely long. Removing the unnecessary section and compressing the experience section as previously discussed with significantly tighten this resume. LiveCareer is here to make it easier to create a resume that will help in your job search. Use our Resume Builder alongside the advice, tips, and tricks that we have compiled to get started with writing a document that will get the attention of employers.