When it comes to finding jobs and internships, a good resume is something that can really set you apart from other applicants. When I started applying for jobs, I really had no idea how to write a resume or what kind of information was even included in a resume. When online applications asked for one, I simply didn’t attach one (which may be why it took so long for me to get a job).
In college, one of my professors spent four class meetings (which is a lot in college) teaching us how to write a good resume. Now, I have a legitimate resume to submit to potential employers that I’m actually proud of. Here’s some tips to help you create your best resume!
- Use templates as a guide! You’ll find a bunch of resume templates online, but don’t copy them word for word. Instead, take some ideas from the way that the template is formatted and mold it to your own information. Following a template word for word makes it harder to sell yourself and it also screams “I took a shortcut” to potential employers.
- If you’re still in College you can use information from High School! If you did a lot of volunteer and extra curricular work in high school, feel free to add it to your resume! Just remember to take it off once you graduate college. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, talk about volunteer activities that you have done.
- Use bullet points to describe your duties and responsibilities! If you include things like being on your high school’s dance team, being secretary of a certain club, or having a summer job, make sure you include at least three bullet points describing your duties. Make it clear that you were responsible for doing something even if it was attending practices five times a week or coordinating activities with administration.
- Use key words! Include key words that will make you look like a better prospect. Look for key words in the job posting, like the things that they are looking for in a potential employee and include them when you describe your duties from other jobs.
- Adjust your resume to the job you’re applying for! If you’re applying for an accounting job, it won’t really help you to talk about the online magazine you started with your friends, but it might help you get that internet marketing internship. Save a couple different copies of your resume that are tweaked for different jobs and submit each one accordingly.
- Don’t lie! Your resume basically contains talking points that the interviewer can bring up at anytime throughout your interview. It’s kind of difficult to talk about things that you’ve never done so don’t lie on your resume!
- Include your interests! Even if it’s just a small section of your resume, include some interests! Employers are hiring a person not a piece of paper and who knows, maybe your interviewer shares some of the same interests. It might help you get hired!
- Start building your resume now! Whether your in high school or college, it’s important to start building your resume now! Join clubs, get a summer job, or volunteer! You don’t want to graduate college with nothing but a degree.
Hopefully, you’ll find that these tips are useful! Let me know if you have any questions about resume writing, I’d be happy to help!