Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Resume Tips & Tricks


By: Ashley Vickney, Intern, Leonard & Finco Public Relations

Job searching can be brutal, between searching job boards and tailoring cover letters it can be time consuming. One way to get noticed is to have an effective resume. Here are some of the best resume tips that I’ve used in my job search to help you land an interview!

Make it skimmable: Don’t have paragraphs on your resume. Have easy, one to two line bullet points of your duties and projects at jobs. The easier it is to read, the more likely it is to get read.

Stand out, quietly: Depending on your industry, resumes don’t need to stick to the traditional set up, but instead can be designed in a way that is easy to read. Check out some beautifully designed and free resume templates here

Leave off the objective statement: These aren’t really necessary anymore, and waste space that could be used for more experience or skills.

Reverse chronological order: List your most recent, relevant experience first. Make it easy for the hiring manager to track your employment history. 

Add volunteer experience: Little extra room on your resume? Add one or two causes you’ve volunteered for and are passionate about. It shows potential employers that you like to give back, and is a great conversation starter. 

Is it important? Every bullet point on your resume should make you look confident and competent. Double check to make sure your bullet points are clear, concise and demonstrate what you did. 

Proofread, proofread, proofread and proofread again: Have a couple people look over your resume for any spelling errors or mistakes. Be sure to proofread every resume you send out!

With these suggestions your resume should stand out from the crowd and get your foot in the door. 

Any other suggestions? What do you look for in a resume?
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