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It’s that time again to rework your resume and find a new job. A great way to get started is to look over samples for mistakes to avoid, so we’ve asked our experts to examine this temp receptionist resume sample. Check out their feedback to see what you can apply to your own.
Start with a Professional Summary
If you have great deal of experience, then you should take advantage of the Professional Summary section of a resume. This resume doesn’t include one even though the applicant has years of experience. This area is the best time to sell yourself as a potential asset to the company you want to work for. Summary Example: Experienced receptionist with over twenty years of experience in medical and retail offices, with experience working temporary positions. Hard working and always ready to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment, while greeting clients. Strive to maintain meticulous records and keep customers happy.
Put Skills above Experience
Skills, Highlights, and Accomplishments should always be listed before Experience. This applicant has them listed at the bottom of her resume in a Technical Summary section. An easy fix is just to move them above Experience, while making sure they do not go above any Professional Summary.
Use bullet points in lists
Organization is the key to keeping a resume clean looking and professional. Bullet points must be used for information kept in list form, in this case the Technical Summary. By highlighting all points and pressing the bullet point button in a word processor, the problem is easily fixed. WRONG: Technical Summary Excel Word Outlook Power Point MediTech Software General Office Devices Multi-Line phone System RIGHT: Technical Summary
Use present tense for current job
When you are no longer at a job, it makes sense to write about your duties in past tense. However, if you continue to work at a listed job, then the verbs should be written in present tense. This resume lists the last job held as current, but the applicant uses past tense verb endings. She would fix these by changing the verbs to present tense. WRONG:
Don’t include jobs more than fifteen years old
Unless you’ve stayed with the same company for more than fifteen years, you shouldn’t list employment that is more than fifteen years old. This applicant lists positions outside of the appropriate time frame, and the jobs don’t add anything extra to her experience. To save space, the applicant should leave these off.
Always use periods at the end of job details
Without pronouns, employment history details may seem like they shouldn’t have periods. Periods are required in this section of a resume, however. The applicant uses periods sporadically throughout the section. To fix this, she would need to carefully go through each point to make sure every point ended in a period. Creating an impressive resume is now easy with these temp receptionist resume sample tips. Make it an easier and faster process with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.