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Preparing for interview questions and making sure your business outfit is pressed and ready is only part of the equation when seeking a new position. Making sure your resume makes a great first impression before you ever get a call or step foot in the door for an interview is the foremost important aspect. To help you avoid commonly-made errors, we’ve compiled our expert’s advice on errors found in this wastewater systems specialist resume sample.
Make the professional summary sell
The summary section should only contain the best information an applicant has to offer and shouldn’t reiterate experience details that an employer will read below. Martha includes this information instead of focusing on the assets she can bring with her to a new job. She needs to correct this by selling her best assets in four to six lines of text. WRONG: Detail-oriented and motivated Wastewater Systems Supervisor with 22 years of experience in the wastewater and laboratory fields.The last 3 years were spent overseeing the Solid Waste, Fleet Maintenance; as well as, the Wastewater Divisions as Waste Management Superintendent. Skilled at building strong working relationships with fellow staff, supervisors and community members. RIGHT: Detail-oriented and motivated Wastewater Systems Supervisor with 22 years of experience in the wastewater and laboratory fields. Leader with three years of superintendent and oversight experience. Skilled at building strong working relationships with fellow staff, supervisors and community members to better the community as a whole. Focused on solving problems efficiently and to meet the needs of the community.
Always use bullet points in the experience section
Without bullet points, the experience section easily gets confusing, especially for employers who have hundreds of resumes to sort through. Bullet points should be given to each duty or job detail and then placed in a vertical list for easy reading. Martha puts her details in paragraph form, which only causes confusion, so she would need to follow these bullet point rules. WRONG: Waste Systems Supervisor City of Reedley Held various positions in the 22 years with the City of Reedley. Hired as Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator/Lab Technician Trainee and was eventually promoted to Laboratory Director. In 2008 was awarded the position of Wastewater Systems Supervisor where I direct and manage the operations of the City’s sewer collections system, laboratory, fleet maintenance and the wastewater treatment plant. In 2010, was assigned to manage the Fleet and Disposal (Solid Waste) divisions, as well, and was reclassified as Waste Management Superintendent to better reflect duties. RIGHT: Waste Systems Supervisor City of Reedley
Put education in the right order and use dates
The education section should follow specific rules. The school name and location, degree program, degree level earned, and date of completion should always be included. If an applicant transferred to a different school to finish the same degree, the first school should not be included like it is on Martha’s resume. The programs should be listed in reverse chronological order, so the in progress education should appear at the top of the list. WRONG: Bachelor of Science: Biology Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco Mexico City, Mexico In Progress -Associate of Arts: Business Administration College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA, USA Transferred: Biology California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA, USA RIGHT: In Progress -Associate of Arts: Business Administration In Progress College of the Sequoias Visalia, CA, USA Bachelor of Science: Biology [Date] Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco Mexico City, Mexico Don’t put off getting your resume in order. Get help applying these tips and more when you use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.