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Even the most qualified applicants have to undergo the resume process, and many times, the resume can end up saying something you would rather it didn’t. Mistakes are easy to make, especially if you don’t have all of the many resume rules memorized. Looking over sample resumes is a great way to catch any unseen errors in your own, so we’ve asked our experts to provide their best advice for this tourist riverboat deckhand resume sample.
Lengthen the summary section to four to six lines for full benefit
It doesn’t matter if an applicant just graduated or has decades of experience: the summary section is always important to use because it gives applicants a free opportunity to sell themselves and how their background is relevant to a new position. This is where seemingly irrelevant experience can be connected to a new field, which is what Alexander needs to do on his resume. He includes the section, but it is much too short. He should lengthen it to at least four lines of text of education, traits, skills and experience that he can bring with him. He should also make sure to keep it contained in no more than six lines.
Be sure to include at least five details per job in the experience section
Even the employers who skim resumes want to see that an applicant has included plenty of details in the experience section. This is the area where your experience is put to the test, and an employer can see exactly what skills and training you’ve acquired. To make the most of this section, each job entry should include at least five details but no more than eight. Alexander only includes two per job, so he needs to come up with items that best represent his time at each job.
Bullet points make a resume look polished
One of the best ways to make this resume look better is to include bullet points in the experience section. Without them, an employer may have a harder time skimming quickly. Because this error is obvious without one word being read, it’s an important adjustment to make. Each detail should be placed in list form, and a bullet point should be given to each. WRONG: Experience Deckhand May 2009 to September 2013 Potomac Riverboat Company ? Alexandria, VA Provided customers with educational and fun tour experiences, with interesting tour commentary, speedy service and the dedication and energy to efficiently complete all physical labor tasks. Worked in high volume, high demand settings and collaborated with team to achieve results and satisfy customers. TV Center Technician/Production Assistant August 2010 to May 2013 St. John’s University T.V. Center ? Jamaica, NY Provided training for students and resolved issues in how to properly use Tv and Film related technology and equipment. Worked in a team closely with a Professor to ensure the students in each class understood lessons and were proficient in technology related knowledge. RIGHT: Experience Deckhand May 2009 to September 2013 Potomac Riverboat Company ? Alexandria, VA
TV Center Technician/Production Assistant August 2010 to May 2013 St. John’s University T.V. Center ? Jamaica, NY
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