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A resume is sort of like the initial handshake that you share with your potential employer. It’s a chance to impress them and to demonstrate your strength as well as your firm resolve and your ability to perform the duties at hand. This warehouse shipping resume sample has been carefully dissected by resume experts in order to uncover what has been done incorrectly so as to make that handshake less powerful. Use the following advice regarding resume mistakes to boost the successful format of your own.
Flesh out your summary appropriately
Introducing your resume with a statement of purpose is, as a general rule, no longer expected. Statements of purpose are redundant and do not offer your potential employer anything new about yourself as a potential employee. Rather, summaries should work as fleshed-out sales pitches about who you are as a person and as a qualified candidate. WRONG: Career Focus Hard-working, entry-level personal trainer, looking to apply my education and experience to a job in personal training. Areas of proficiency include weight- loss, body building, strength training and a desire to help people become more knowledgeable about personal fitness and training methods. . This summary not only unnecessarily introduces the applicant’s goals but also does not provide enough information so as to catch a reader’s eye. These sections should perform the same function as a 30-second elevator speech would. With that in mind, summaries should run around four to six lines long and should contain not only relevant skills and experiences but also relevant personality traits.
Clean up your sections
What follows your summary should either be an “accomplishments” section or a “skills” section. If you have both, it should start with skills and then move on to accomplishments. Sections with unclear titles may confuse potential employers and make it unclear as to what purposes those sections serve. They also cause a mixture of information to emerge that muddies the water between standard section divisions. WRONG: Core Qualifications
In this case, there are skills and certifications included in this “core qualifications” section. Resumes with several relevant certifications or licenses to list should list those after educational experience. Skills, such as being experienced in Microsoft Word and being customer service-driven, should have their own self-entitled section that is separate.
Omit your high school education
If you have any higher education at all, you can safely remove your high school education from your resume. The only time that you can appropriately include your high school education is if you are a recent high school graduate with such little work experience that you need to be able to put something on your resume. WRONG: Education and Training High School Diploma : General Business, 2005Middlesex High School ? Middlesex , New Jersey, USA Communications This resume has two other educational experiences to list. If you have collegiate experience of any kind, focus on the coursework and the degrees that you achieved on your resume. Even if you haven’t finished a degree, you can still include coursework and activities that you did complete and that are relevant to the position at hand.
Don’t include references
References no longer belong on your resume, and it is a given that references are available upon request. Therefore, you do not need to take up space on your resume by saying, “References are available upon request.” A potential employer already knows that this is the case, and does not need to be reminded of it. WRONG: I began working at Prevost Car in 2008 while I was attending Raritan Valley Community College. Day to day duties included working with SAP to view orders and ship them out. I mainly worked with coach bus windshields because the company dealt in the coach bus industry. I had deadlines to meet and quotas to fill daily and routinely met both of these. References are available upon request. Right
Also keep in mind that whenever you begin a list, you should use bullet points. Having paragraph-style experience sections is unprofessional and will quickly lose a potential employer’s interest and attention. Avoiding the pitfalls that you’ve just seen in this resume sample is easy with the help of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Bring your resume up to modern-day standards with useful tips and tricks from resume experts.