Last Wednesday we talked about the basics of resumes. We covered the sections you should include, which ones you shouldn’t, and other general tips! Today, I’m going to go more in depth into those sections and provide some examples! I’m covering everything from the header to the bottom of the page, so you better have a notebook and pen! Ready? Let’s get down to adulting business.
*Note: Surprisingly, this post actually includes spoilers to Gilmore Girls. Why? Because I’m obsessed.
The header contains your name and contact information. Your first and last name should be centered across the top and in a larger font size than the rest of your resume. If you’re going into a more creative field like fashion or graphic design, feel free to have a bit of fun with this part. Don’t make things too crazy, but show your potential future employer that you have personality.
Here’s my resume header. As you can see, I am a fan of pink and black. I can also expect this header to catch the eye of whoever is looking at my resume!
Underneath your name, include your current address, phone number, and email. Now, I’m not going to show you mine because then all y’all stalkers are going to know where I live. Not that I don’t trust any of you, I’ve just seen one too many episodes of Criminal Minds! However, since I want to provide as much help as possible, here is an example of what this may look like:
1234 Peach Street • Stars Hollow, CT 10010 • 515.555.1000 • firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also notice I’ve watched a whole lot of Gilmore Girls. And yes, the rest of the examples will be based off the show. You’re welcome!
Starting with your most recent and/or current schooling, lay out your institution, program of study, graduation date, all that good stuff. If you have a GPA above 3.5, it is encouraged you include it. However, once you are out of school for a few years, you can take your GPA off. After 5 years of industry experience, any future employer of yours isn’t really going to care about your 3.8 GPA.
Also, include any study abroad experience you had. Studying abroad really makes you stand out amongst your peers who did not. It proves you had the initiative to take a step out of your comfort zone to learn more about your passion. Recruiters love that stuff!
In this section, highlight all the relevant jobs you’ve had in relation to the job you’re applying for. This means that Rory probably wouldn’t include that card swiping job if she is applying for a newspaper position. She would, however, want to include that internship she had for Mitchum Huntzberger’s newspaper.
Along with the workplace and your position there, include at least three of your duties. Make sure to start each one with a different past tense action verb. Make them concise so that they stay on one line. This makes your resume look cleaner.
There are two types of skills: hard and soft. Think of hard skills as applications, and soft skills as general traits. You want to include both types in your skill section.
Examples of hard skills: Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, 100 wpm typing speed
Examples of soft skills: Time management, work under tight deadline, quick learner
Precede all of these skills with another strong verb, preferably different from the verbs you chose in your job summary.
This section includes everything that doesn’t belong in any of the previous. This might include a blog, extra curricular activities that relate to your field, any related projects you may have done, etc.
Format it similarly to your professional experience. This time you don’t have to list out all your duties, but summarize it in 1-2 bullet points.
You may want to add some extra creative formatting to your resume, and that’s okay if you’re going into a creative industry. Just be aware that you don’t go overboard.
Avoid using templates for your resume! Resumes are not one size fits all, plus template layouts can get all funky if you press a wrong key. Figure out what layout works best for you.
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