Before I graduated college, I hit the ground running on applying for jobs. I applied for about 25 jobs per day. I was pretty
confident cocky. All that was because of the fact that I had a pretty stellar resume. I will show it to you at the end of this article. If you don’t want to hear me ramble about all the things that I learned and how I learned them, just scroll to the end. I won’t be offended.
Step 1: Make a list
Employers want to know the following:
- Where you went to school and when you graduate(d)
- What you studied
- Where you’ve worked
- How long did you work there?
- What was your role while working there?
- Provide numbers and figures to illustrate your role.
- For example, if you worked as a social media intern for a company and used analytics to track your engagement, state “Improved social media engagement by 30%,” or something to that effect.
- What organizations you’re involved in
- Detail your experiences with leadership positions at your respective college, organizations you volunteer for, or groups that you lead
- Your “special skills”
- I list mine as proficiency in Adobe suite. List yours as whatever you see fit. However, I don’t think that eating with chopsticks counts as a special skill.
Step 2: Choose a layout.
The layout is much more important than you would think. You can find some really overdone layouts on Canva, or you can find more subtle and subdued ones on GoogleDocs. After that, all you have to do is choose an aesthetic font. My favorites are as follows:
Step 3: Make it personalized.
The more personal elements that you put into your resume, the better. I have a few friends that try and make it colorful with designing or put in a picture of their LinkedIn headshot. I tried to go for a bit more of an understated look, opting just for my branded head logo and trademark lowercase name.
As long as you’re not using Times New Roman, Comic Sans, or Raleway as fonts, you’re probably fine. Don’t go overboard personalizing it, though. Just the right amount of colors and vibrancies will go a long way.
Please be cognizant of the fact that, while these tips may work for some, they may not work for all. They are a great way to help catapult you as an individual in your job search, but they are not a surefire guarantee to attaining your desired job.
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