Austin Buoye, Account Associate
Creating a resume is something that every college student must do, especially when it comes time to apply for internships and jobs. A resume should be a collection of all of your work experience, achievements and skills that make you an appealing candidate for the job that you are applying for. Your resume is the first impression you are leaving on a company and because of that, it has to be perfect. Here are some tips to help you put together the best resume possible and help you land the job or interview of your dreams.
Tip 1: Read, Re-Read and Read Again
It is absolutely essential to make sure that you have no grammar or spelling errors anywhere on your resume. This is the first point of contact between you and the company you applied to. If they notice that there are grammar errors, it is easy for them to assume that you did not care enough about the position to proofread your work. It shows a lack of professionalism and puts you at a disadvantage right off the bat. A well proofread resume shows you care and that you take the job seriously.
Tip 2: Word Choice
Word choice is something that takes your resume up a few notches and can be the difference between being remembered and being forgotten by a recruiter. Your resume should highlight different things you have done that show why you are an ideal candidate for the job. One way to really bolster your resume and highlight what you have done is to use descriptive verbs. This enhances the resume and gives it a very professional tone. An example of this would be to replace the words “I helped” with “I facilitated”. This is not lying or stretching the truth, but it is enhancing the sentence and thus enhancing the recruiter’s idea of what you are capable of and their idea of what kind of experience you have.
Tip 3: Don’t Lie
Lying on a resume is a bad idea for many reasons. One reason being that if you seem qualified for the job, you are most likely going to be called in for an interview. When that interview comes around and you are face to face with the person who will potentially hire you, you need to be able to elaborate on your resume. The resume is a brief summary of what you have done but the majority of companies will want more detail about what it is you have accomplished in your past. If you lie and cannot elaborate on any of your points, all credibility is lost. Beyond this, if you lied about a skill, you will be expected to know what you are doing when you start working. If you said on your resume you know Microsoft Excel and you do not, you are going to look terrible on the first day of work when you’re constantly asking for help. Honesty is the always the best policy, especially when you are creating a resume.
Tip 4: Order From Most Relevant to Least Relevant
Make sure you have your most relevant experience at the top of your resume and least relevant at the bottom. An example would be putting HVC at the top of your resume if applying for an Ad/PR job. It shows you have experience and know what you are doing. Something more suited for the bottom would be being in a fraternity, sorority. This is still good to include as it does provide value, however a recruiter might not care as much about that as they would about HVC or something similar. They will always see the first thing listed but might not pay much attention to the bottom.