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A great resume helps you land the job of your dreams, but mistakes, no matter how minor, inevitably lead to your job application being passed over. Fortunately, we’ve given you a head start. We talked with experts to look at a wedding photographer resume sample to point out common mistakes and how you can avoid them. Read over the following points to ensure your resume makes businesses want to call you for interviews.
Write your overview/summary in paragraph form
This sample resume uses bullet points in the professional overview. Bullets are great for other sections, just not the professional overview, also called a summary. Think of this section as your opportunity to make an elevator pitch on your resume. You would not speak in bullet-point language, so don’t write that way, either. However, sentence fragments are okay. Keep your summary to four, five or six lines. Give an overview of your experience, your top two or three skill sets and a couple of soft skills or relevant personality traits. Go for plurals; for example, say artistic challenges instead of an artistic challenge. WRONG
BETTER Photographer with experience shooting more than 100 weddings. Thrives on experimenting with new approaches, techniques, software and lenses. Flourishes under pressure and is inspired by artistic challenges. Credentials include capturing street scenes for use in ABC magazine and XYZ publication. Brings exceptional knowledge and enthusiasm to every photoshoot.
Watch out for fluff
When writing resumes, approach adjectives with caution. For example, the resume overview tries to sell the job candidate as an innovative photographer, internationally published photographer and sell the job candidate as an innovative photographer, internationally-published photographer and a passionate photographer. It’s better to show rather than tell. What makes you innovative or passionate? Later in the resume, the job candidate says she Conducted all photo shoots in a calm and professional demeanor. That’s great, but she would make her case better if she showed, rather than told, what she meant. In most cases, use hard numbers or concrete phrases rather than adjectives to illustrate your points.
Focus on relevant skills
The skills section of the sample resume is okay-ish until the last bullet pointcrime scene photography. All of a sudden, you’re picturing grisly images and the lights cast off by police sirens. Instead of mentioning crime scene photography, focus on the commonalities between that type of photography and wedding photography. Maybe they are worth mentioning in the skills section, and maybe they are not. In any case, it’s best to leave out crime scene photography in the skills section because you want to use that precious space to showcase skills directly relevant to wedding photography. Also, the social media bullet point needs some elaboration. What is it about this person’s social media knowledge that makes it a skill? Something such as, Client outreach through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is more illustrative.
List most recent education and experience first
This sample resume lists the job candidate’s associate degree before her bachelor’s degree. Because you have only a precious few seconds to impress a hiring manager, it’s important to list current information first. Follow the same concept with work experience. Your current (or most recent) job goes above previous work experience on your resume. In this case, the job that started in February 2012 needs to be first, followed by the jobs that started in 2010 and 2007. For this resume, the experience section should also go before the education section. Writing an impressive wedding photographer resume need not be a daunting task. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today for expert insight into impressing employers.