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Before you are ever called for an interview, an employer gets to know you through your resume. From the first line it needs to reflect and present everything about you that makes you the best person for the job. This treasurer resume sample is off to a good start, but our career experts have found a few common issues that bring down its potential, which you can learn from and avoid making yourself.
Nix the objective, in favor of a summary
In the past, resumes sometimes started with an objective. However, unless you are changing careers or applying for an entry-level position, this is no longer recommended, since a resume is a statement of objective in itself–you’re obviously trying to get a position. Instead, begin with a summary statement, pitching yourself to your employer in four or five concise lines. Write it in paragraph form, and mention your most pertinent experience and skills, along with a couple of relevant personality traits such as organization or leadership ability.
Although this resume has a lot of useful and pertinent information, some of it is hard to read or understand due to the formatting and layout. Inconsistent formatting choices can be difficult to parse and look sloppy. Your formatting should always be as clear and straightforward as possible, so that the hiring directors pay attention to the content rather than how it’s displayed. In this resume, the Accomplishments section uses an erratic mix of italics and regular fonts. Though italics can add emphasis, they aren’t as easy to read as plain text, so should be used sparingly, and they should always be used consistently. If you decide to italicize a title or position, all corresponding titles should likewise be italicized. The paragraph spacing in this section is also much wider than the rest of the resume. Broader spaces can be used to separate sections in lieu of section breaks, but the line spacing within any section should be the same as in other sections.
Use strong action words
In the Experience section, while it’s important to list all your duties and achievements, entries shouldn’t read like a job description, and should emphasize what you’ve personally accomplished. Always begin each point with an action word, and never start with “responsible for” or “accountable for”. Instead, rephrase these points to make them stronger. Wrong:
Avoid reusing the same words, so your bullet points aren’t a column of “Manage” or “Implement” all the way down. If you’re stymied, don’t be afraid to use a thesaurus to find more compelling ways to explain your duties.
Stop with a full-stop
All bullet points in the Experience section should end in a period, not a semi-colon or no punctuation, to match standard professional resume grammar. Double-check when you’re proofreading to make sure there’s a period at the end of every line.
Watch the tenses
The Experience section can include both past and present positions. To avoid confusion, when listing the duties of positions you currently hold, use present tense; when listing previous positions, use past tense. Wrong:
Reviewing this treasurer resume sample has shown you some common pitfalls to avoid in your next job application. To get the most from your new knowledge, make your own ideal resume today with the expert help of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.