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Don’t write your resume in first person
A resume should never be written in first person. You don’t need first person pronouns because the hiring manager obviously knows that the resume is about you. The beginning of your sentences should begin with action words not the word I. Here is an example of how the professional summary should look. Wrong Summary I am a highly motivated sales associate at Toyota of Renton. I have been there 12.5 years and I am currently the longest tenured sales person on the team. I feel I would be an asset to your company as I am not afraid to work many hours to get a job done. Right Summary Highly motivated sales associate with 26 years of experience. I have been there 12.5 years. A hard worker who is always ready to work long hours. Self-motivated team leader with the ability to take charge and work without supervision.
Use bullet lists for your information
Every section of your resume shouldn’t be written in complete sentences. A resume doesn’t even need complete sentences beyond the professional summary. Under the experience, skills, and highlights, you need to have lists with bullet points. It makes your resume looks much more clean and professional. It’s also easier for your potential employers to read. They can skim your resume and find the information that they want easily. Here is an example: Wrong Experience Sales, Leasing and Internet Sales Manager 03/2001 to 09/2013 Toyota of Renton Renton, Washington I have been with Toyota of Renton for 12 plus years now. I am involved in every aspect of an automobile sale with the exception of the final paperwork (Finance). Highlights Good customer experience skills Good communication skills Good follow-up skillsGood work ethic Not afraid of challenges Not afraid to ask for the sale Right Experience Sales, Leasing and Internet Sales Manager 03/2001 to 09/2013 Toyota of Renton Renton, Washington
List your information in order of importance
Of course, all of the information on your resume is important, but some really is more important than others. You need to have some great information at the top so your potential employers want to keep reading. Your skills or highlights needs to be at the top of your resume, right under the summary. You have to showcase your skills, not shove them toward the bottom. The order should be summary, highlights/skills, experience, and then education. The skills on this resume are also not as good as they could be. There are only six of them, and they don’t all shine. You should pick about 10 skills that will set you apart from the other applicants. Here is a good example: Wrong Highlights Good customer experience skills Good communication skills Good follow-up skillsGood work ethic Not afraid of challenges Not afraid to ask for the sale Right Highlights Customer experience skills Communication skills Follows up with customersGood work ethic Not afraid of challenges Team player Of course, add any other skills that you have to set yourself apart. Overall, this sample resume is a great start. The applicant has a lot of experience, it just needs to shine more on the resume. Make sure you showcase your skills at the top of your resume and use bullet lists to display your information. You can create your own great resume with the LiveCareer resume builder.