4 Tips To Improve Your Resume
With the career fair right around the corner and summer quickly approaching, it is important to have your resume developed and well prepared for the job search process. Whether you are applying for a part-time job or interviewing for a co-op position, having a professional resume can make or break your chances of getting a job offer. So, here are some quick tips to take your resume to the next level.
Keep it clean; less is more.
Adding too many colors or crazy fonts to your resume will make it seem cluttered and ultimately less professional. It is best to stick to neutral and professional fonts for the body of your resume. Adding a more creative font to the top of your resume with your name is a good way to get creative with your resume, but keep it legible and the body should stay clear from clutter.
Make sure your experience is listed in reverse chronological order.
Most employers only look at each resume for a few seconds when they start going through candidates, so you want your work to be easy to understand. The whole purpose of your resume is to brag about yourself and to prompt someone in an interview so that you can brag about yourself when the time comes. Rather than focusing on your everyday tasks from each job in your description, focus on the skills you developed while working that can be pertinent to the job you’re applying for.
If you lack paid work experience, that’s okay.
Your resume should show off the experience you have and why you are the right fit for the job, but sometimes it isn’t through conventional paid work as an older candidate might have. If you’re struggling to fill a whole page with your experiences that qualify you for a job, create a list of volunteer experiences or positions in extracurriculars that can showcase these same skills.
Use key skills and words that will accentuate the jobs listed.
Not only will this make your resume stand out, but it will also show that you are able to acknowledge that any experience is a learning experience.
Following these tips will not only help you develop a good resume, but they will also be useful guidelines when you gain more experience and need to update your resume. Be sure to always have multiple copies of your resume with you during an interview process and print your resume on clean, quality paper too.