August 27, 2013
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The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to update your resume. Many of us just wrapped up our last days at respective jobs and internships and will be starting new positions for the school year. Equipped with an additional few months of experience, the rub with this is deciding what to eliminate from your current resume.
Follow these tips to make sure your resume is in prime shape for the year:
1. Sell Yourself A brief description of you, your passions and objectives is always a great touch. Think of a few adjectives that best define you and use that sum up who you before you go into what you have done.
2. Put Your Best Foot Forward FIRST Your most proud or impressing achievements should go at the top of your resume. This will change over time but you always want potential employers to see your best work right away. Your resume gets you the interview, not the job. Start it off with your crown jewel.
3. Less is More When it comes to the length of your resume, less is more and one page will always suffice. Keeping the summaries brief will also make it so that your proudest and most recent accomplishments are highlighted. You don’t want your resume to be junky! You can always elaborate and give more detail once you are in the interviewing process.
4. Make it Job Specific Because you only have a page to summarize your education and experience, it is important to tailor your resume to the job that you apply for. You don’t have to list everything you have ever done. Think about the position you are applying for and list what it most relevant to that position when you find yourself having to choose what to post.
5. Design Matters Make good use of your white space. Your resume should have a clean flow and be easy to read. Paragraphs are a no-no. Use bullet points and only say what is necessary.
6. Make the Most of What you Have As a college student it is more or less expected that you have had no “real work experience.” Summer jobs, volunteer work and extracurricular activities are hard work and respectable commitments. Be sure to include these as well as executive positions held and or any special recognition that you receive.
7. Show Your Personality Adding a splash of color can make your resume stand out, just don’t over do it!
-Malindi Robinson is currently undecided but will be applying to the Scripps strategic communications program this fall as a sophomore. Follow her at @fillemalindi.