Another thing that my manager told me about was a "new" type of resume that is catching on, as in is very effective and eye catching. She called it Bullet Pointing but I don't know if that is an official name for it or not.
Basically, after your contact information and objective statement (which she did say that she does pay attention to), state ALL of the duties you have done in a bulleted list. This eliminates repetition and also makes it look like you have done a lot! You can also rearrange your job duties to highlight the ones that most suit the job you are applying for. After that, in the next section, list all of the jobs you have held with company name, position title, and time frame. Following that, list your special skills. For example, using your resume, it may look something like this:
555 1st St.
Dallas, TX 55555
My objective is to work in an environment that offers varied experience and can benefit from my diverse skills as well as offering me room to grow.
Job Related Experience:
My previous experience has included the following duties:
*Providing office support to outside customers
*Operating office equipment including fax, copier, and other basic office equipment
*Processing mental health billing for both private billings and HMOs
*Dispensing medication to patients
*Evaluate and implement curriculum in a home schooling program
Homeschooling parent, June 1996 to present
Receptionist, Middlekauff Ford, Plano, TX May 1995 - September 1995
(your other jobs)
You get the point. And be sure to put your homeschooling as your most recent job! Obviously that one holds more responsibility than anything you could have done in the past. Also, I completely agree with Jeanie on the grammar and tense stuff. (I'm also a former English teacher
) Whatever tense you choose, you have to be consistent. You have to make them think that this is the one job you are really trying for so make the cover letter personal. Remember that these people don't know you. The only thing they have are these couple of sheets of paper. They are probably getting close to or exceeding 100 resumes for any position open. Don't give them an excuse to trash your resume.
One more thing and then I'll shut up, I promise!
I wouldn't necessarily drop the objective statement. That is one more thing to make your resume memorable. Be sure it is a complete sentence (that was the first thing I noticed). Focus on what you can bring to the company. It is a total bulls**ting statement, but it makes an impression. What your current statement says to me as a prospective employer is that you could be a demanding employee. Especially if you are looking for an office job, there isn't much opportunity for advancement and if they see that as one of your requirements they may pass you up thinking you won't really want to work there.
Sorry about the long post, again. I'm way too long winded. I hope this gives you something that will help.