Reading comprehension test

Please do not make your resume a reading comprehension test!  Paragraphs are good in a cover letter and can be used sparingly in a resume but you really need to call out the important stuff, which usually means a bulleted list.  For instance, take a look at the following examples:

Reading Comprehension Test:

In this position I was promoted three times. I also maintained confidentiality of bank records and client information while coordinating daily cash reconciliation at a high volume location.  I maintained balancing record with 99% rate of accuracy.  Processed monthly Vault and ATM audits with a zero error rate.  Maintained friendly and professional customer interactions.  Opened bank accounts and investment accounts for customers with complete Patriot Act knowledge.  Executed wire transfers, stop payments, foreign currency exchanges and account transfers.  Answered telephone inquiries on banking products including checking, savings, loans and lines of credit.  Advised clients on mortgage, educational and personal loans.

Scan it:

• Maintained confidentiality of bank records and client information.
• Zero processing error rate on monthly Vault and ATM audits.
• 99% balancing record accuracy while coordinating daily cash reconciliation at a high-volume location.
• Executed wire transfers, stop payments, foreign currency exchanges and account transfers.
• Answered telephone inquiries on banking products including checking, savings, loans and lines of credit.
• Advised clients on mortgage, educational and personal loans.
• Maintained friendly and professional customer interactions.
• Opened bank accounts and investment accounts for customers with complete Patriot Act knowledge.

I don’t know about you but the second one sure it a lot easier to read and pull out facts about you.

The Man

Let’s eat grandma!  Let’s eat, grandma!
Punctuation saves lives!

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