Being on the job hunt can be overwhelming, especially if you know your resume could use some work. We’re here to help! Check out the following resume tips and guidelines to help make this part of the process a little easier:
Basic formatting: Use a standard font in a size that is easy to read (i.e. 12pt. Times New Roman or Arial). Keep your margins 0.75” from the top, bottom, left, and right. It’s helpful to make titles of sections bold for easier organization.
Remember key sections: Your resume should include your name and contact information, career objective, work history, training/ education. Your name should be the largest text on your resume at the top, followed by your contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address) below in 12 pt. font. Next should be your career objective, work history, and education. List your work history starting with the most recent job closest to the top.
Keep it to one page: Recruiters and HR have a few key things they look at when they look at every
individual resume and those things should be able to be found on a one-page hand out. If your work history does not fit on one page, you will need to edit your work history to reflect only the best of the best. The best first impression starts with you making it as easy as possible for a recruiter to choose you.
Watch your verbs: Use action words. Instead of saying something like, “responsible for monthly reports” be more specific and say, “created and managed monthly analysis reports.” Recruiters should be able to easily understand your individual duties. When listing your past responsibilities from your former jobs, make sure that the verbs you’re using (i.e. “managed”, “directed”, “wrote”) are in the past tense. When listing a current job’s responsibilities, keep all verbs in the present tense (since you’re currently still doing this job).
Check for typos: Don’t rely on spellcheck to catch everything. Look out for incorrect usage of the words “their” “they’re” “there”, “then” and “than”, “it’s” and “its”, punctuation, and capitalization. Let someone else you trust look over your resume after you do. Sometimes it’s easier for someone who didn’t write it to catch your mistakes.
Also need help with your cover letter? Check out our past blog of Cover Letter Tips. If you still need extra help drafting your resume or applying for a job, speak to an LA ORT Career Advisor today. Good luck, students!