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There are a lot of ways to go about writing a resume, but there are certain practices that tend to yield better results. Using correct grammar and organized formatting are just some of the ways to make your resume stand out above the competition. Our experts have reviewed this US Army Vet resume sample for these things and more. Use these tips when writing your own resume.
Double and triple check to make sure that your grammar and spelling are correct
It is important that your resume have no grammatical errors. These are easy to catch with some simple revision. Have someone who is knowledgeable in the grammar of the language in which the resume is being written help you review it to make sure you didnt miss anything.
A summary section should be 4-6 lines and should address an overview of your experience, two or three major skill sets, and some valuable personality traits/soft skills
In addition to fixing the grammar, the summary in this sample resume could be expanded a bit to make the applicant appear more valuable. Highlight a couple skill sets as well as some personality traits that will make you a more appealing candidate. WRONG: Professional Summary Experienced physical security professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills, Highly motivated and determined to accomplish tasks and requirements in an exciting and challenging new career field. RIGHT: Professional Summary Experienced physical security professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Talented team leader with ability to juggle multiple responsibilities while still remaining effective. Highly motivated and determined to accomplish tasks and requirements in an exciting and challenging new career field.
Try to use a variety of descriptive language
If you are finding it hard to think of different ways to start bullet points, it is helpful to use a thesaurus. Not only will changing up your language make your skill set appear more versatile, but it gives the impression of a more intelligent candidate. A skills section should have short phrases without periods at the end. WRONG: Skills
Start each bullet with a strong action word. Do not use responsible for or accountable for
In the Experience section as well, repetition will not yield the best results. The aim is to describe what kind of a worker you are, which involves not just describing which duties were performed, but in what way. Think of ways to creatively describe your performance. Use periods at the end of bullets in the experience section. WRONG: Team Leader 05/2010 to Current Calvary Scout U.S. Army Fort Campbell, KY
RIGHT: Team Leader 05/2010 to Current Calvary Scout U.S. Army Fort Campbell, KY
A couple grammar adjustments were made as well, such as making all bullets in present tense as it is a current job. Were these tips helpful? Get all the best tools for writing your resume with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.