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Your resume is your foot in the door when it comes to speaking with hiring managers, so your resume needs to stand out and be professional. Included here is a sample resume that follows the guidelines discussed below. As you read the next steps, compare them to the example to see them in action. The following and the team leader resume template for Word will show you how to make a great resume, with specific tips about the summary statement, skills, work history and education sections.
Writing Your Summary Statement
The first thing a recruiter sees when reading your resume is the summary statement. Instead of an objective statement, you should focus on what qualifies you for this job. Including keywords found in the job description ensure your summary stands out. Here are some best practices to keep in mind:
• Do not use third person
• Sentence fragments are okay
• Mention 2 or 3 top skills
Look at the accompanying team leader resume template for Word to get an idea of what your summary statement should look like. Since more examples can help you make an even better statement, here are four more team leader summaries:
• Experienced HR manager familiar with finance and education
• Managed team of 16 councilors in a school district serving over 75,000 students
• Great communicator with experience in conflict resolution
• Energetic leader with 8 years of experience in high-pressure environments
• Able to identify skills in others and draw out their best efforts through motivation and positive reinforcement
• Committed to excellence and creating a productive work environment
Motivated team leader with more than 10 years of experience in finance. Skilled with advanced financial software packages and able to teach others how to use them. Lead member on more than 20 financial deals, with the highest valued at over $100,000.
Certified medical assistant with experience overseeing family clinics and ERs. Good at delegating tasks in a fast-moving environment. Compassionate worker with good communication skills.
Writing Your Skills Section
Your resume’s skills section goes into more detail about how qualified you are for the position you are applying for. Even more than in the summary statement, including keywords found in the job description is important. These keywords often stand out to hiring managers as they read your resume, making your profile more memorable. Here are some other tips to keep in mind while putting your skills together:
• List skills that are relevant to the job
• Do not use periods at the end of bullet points
• Keep each skill short and to the point
Here are some common skills to include in a team leader resume. You can find more in the accompanying team leader resume template for Word. Use the ones that apply to you.
• Conflict resolution
• Able to motivate others
• Skilled communicator
• Good at negotiating in combative situations
• Knowledgeable of all common office suites
• Problem-solver and critical thinker
• Skilled at assessing risks
Writing Your Work History Section
Your work history section is where you describe the kinds of duties and accomplishments you have in your past. It is important that if you list multiple jobs, they don’t all have the same work experience, because this looks repetitive and doesn’t inform a recruiter. Here are some more tips to keep in mind:
• Go backwards from your current job
• Use present tense for your current position
• Only use well-known abbreviations
• Include metrics when possible
• Avoid sounding like a job description
Below and in the accompanying team leader resume template for Word are some examples of how to write up work experience in your resume. Be sure to tailor the descriptions to your own experiences.
• Organized and planned coordinated activities across three different departments.
• Implemented software system that increased efficiency by 15 percent.
• Updated existing standards to prevent costs incurred by legal battles.
• Wrote weekly reports on group efficiency and budget concerns to keep advisory board informed of progress.
Writing Your Education Section
You include your education to show a recruiter that you have advanced knowledge in a subject. Use these tips and examples to create an attractive education section. You can get more examples from the team leader resume template for Word.
• List any certifications or licenses after your degrees
• Include schools where you took courses without obtaining a degree as “Coursework in XX, Name of School”
• Only leave off the year you earned a degree if it would cause a gap in your resume
Associate of Applied Science: Biotechnology – 2015
Academy of Woodbridge – Woodbridge, CT
Courses included: Motivation and Management, Bioethics
Certification: Certified Laboratory Auditor – 2015
Connecticut Laboratory Oversight Board – New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Science: Economics – 2016
University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
Associate of Science: Business Science – 2014
Central New Mexico Community College – Albuquerque, NM