Did you know that employers will usually take, at most, only thirty-five seconds to examine a resume? That’s thirty-five seconds to impress them on a 8 x 11 piece of paper! Thus, your resume should highlight your skills and expose the reader to your professional background.
Just like people, resumes come in all shapes and sizes! Your resume design can vary dependent upon the position you are applying for, as well as your current education level. Therefore, here are some need-to-know tips that should help you when crafting your resume.
1. Create a list of accomplishments
Take some time to think about your accomplishments: things that you did well, enjoyed doing, and were proud of. Include education/training, volunteer opportunities, jobs, projects, school assignments, travel and group/team activities. Describe in detail what you did, with whom you did it with, what equipment you used and what happened.
2. Write descriptive phrases
Using action verbs, write short phrases to describe what you did that illustrate each skill. Be concise and specific.
3. Choose the appropriate format
There are several resume formats to choose from so be sure to choose the format that best represents your background and qualifications.
(Ps: You can find various templates on our website here)
Chronological: This resume lists your background in a reverse chronological sequence, starting with the most recent.
Headers: Utilize functional headers such as education, experience, and skills
4. Get your resume checked by an Advisor or Career team member!
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