What do part time jobs, internships, and full fledged adult jobs have in common? A resume is almost ALWAYS required for all of them. If you are anything like I was in my first year of college, the idea of a resume scares the crap out of you. “What should I include? What should I leave out? Why is adulting so hard?” Well, lucky for you I have some answers!*
*Note: I can’t actually answer the adulting question as I’m still trying to figure it out myself.
All quarter life crises aside, I’m here to help you how to write a resume that will get you noticed. Because there are so many factors that go into a rockin’ resume, I’m splitting this post up into a series! Before we get into the fun stuff (and yes, it can be fun!), it’s important to cover the basics!
Use a font that’s easy to read
I love brush script fonts as much as the next girl, but resumes are not the best place to use them. You’re going to want to pick a clean font and stick with it for the entire document. I recommend something like Time’s New Roman or Arial because they’re web safe and professional looking!
Include these 3 sections
There are quite a few things you might want to include on your resume, but make sure you have all of the following:
If you spent a lot of time and money going to school, wouldn’t you want your potential future employer to know that? Include associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, post-doc, and/or any studies abroad.
Include all relevant jobs, internships, and careers you’ve previously held. For instance, if you are applying for a job in fashion, include any retail experience!
Include both hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are a specific thing you can do, think: Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, etc. Soft skills are more broad, for example: leadership, time management, etc.
Bonus: Relevant Work
I also like to include any activities or projects I’ve done that relate to the job I’m applying to. For example, if I’m applying to a styling internship, I make sure to include that I’ve done styling work in the past.
Put things in chronological order
Start with your newest experience and work your way back. The people who read your resume are only looking at it for a few seconds unless something catches their eye. Make sure that all your current endeavors are right under their respective headlines.
Keep things consistent
Like I mentioned with the font, you’re going to want to make sure that all components of your resume are consistent throughout. If you bold one header, bold the rest of your headers. Maintain the same spacing between lines. You get the idea!
Keep everything on one page
This may or may not been what you were taught, but every instructor has told me to keep everything on one page. This can get difficult if you want to include a lot! The little piece of advice I have for you here is to include only what is relevant to the position you’re applying to.
What NOT to include
The last thing I want to share with you today are things you shouldn’t include in your resume.
High school activities
Unless you’re currently in high school, don’t include anything from there in your resume. Your potential future employer doesn’t really care if you were involved in high school soccer or theater. They want to know about more recent endeavors.
Courses you’ve taken
Although you want to include the fact you went to school, you don’t want to put in the classes you’ve taken. Instead, put what you learned in those classes into your skills section. Same information, more professional execution.
If you’re applying for something, your objective is obviously to achieve that something. So basically, including your objective in words is pretty redundant.
References available upon request
Your potential future employer will ask for references if they want them, so they don’t need you to tell them that you have some. Let the interviewer be the one to bring them up.
I hope you learned a lot from this post! Stay tuned for future editions of How To Write a Resume!
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