resume tips: set your resume up for success

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Your resume = your first impression. When you’re on the job hunt, you need to have a resume that effectively who you are and how your skills & experience relate to the role you’re applying for. In this lesson we’ll go over what you need to know before you create your resume!

resume tips: set your resume up for success

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resume tips: set your resume up for success

job hunting

Your resume = your first impression. When you’re on the job hunt, you need to have a resume that effectively who you are and how your skills & experience relate to the role you’re applying for. In this lesson we’ll go over what you need to know before you create your resume!

Why your resume is important

 

Your resume = the key to breaking through to the job interview and beyond!

 

This is your opportunity to showcase why you’re a great fit for the role and stand out from the pack of applicants… which is often a VERY large pack. You’ll want to display how you meet the job’s current requirements — and also how you might be able to add value outside of just the basic requirements!

 

Your resume is also an essential part of the interview process. Once you get to the interview phase, you’ll have a chance to elaborate more on your resume and show off your personality a bit more. More on this in our lesson on interviewing.

 

How to set yourself & your resume up for success

 

There are truly unlimited ways to approach resume building — no two resumes are the same!

 

Here are some of the best practices you can put into effect with any resume:

 

  • Optimize for “skimmability”! In other words, make sure a recruiter can look at your resume quickly and understand what your skills & strengths are.
  • Consistant formatting. Consider how your fonts, headers, spacing, and overall design work together on your resume.
  • Cater to the job you’re applying for. There are often words that will help you stand out. Read the job description and make sure your resume incorporates the relevant words on your own resume.
  • Include results. Numbers stand out! Find ways to showcase the relevant results you’ve accomplished in past roles by using percentages.
  • Less is more! Don’t overshare or include irrelevant information. You’ll want to try and keep your resume on one page if possible.
  • Showcase certifications & skills. Employers want to know where you’ll be able to add value in and outside of the job description!
  • Add some personality. It can be frustrating to try and convey who you are with just words on a page, but you can find ways to creatively showcase who you are through your resume design or a few words & sentences.
  • Keep it clean. Avoid grammatical errors, typos & inconsistencies! (Psssst: one or two probably won’t hurt you… but just remember to PROOFREAD!)
  • Get feedback! Show your resume to a friend, family member, advisor or mentor to get some feedback before you start applying.

 

Alright, now you’ve got the basics to create your resume. Go out there and do it!

what's in this lesson?

Your resume = your first impression. When you’re on the job hunt, you need to have a resume that effectively who you are and how your skills & experience relate to the role you’re applying for. In this lesson we’ll go over what you need to know before you create your resume!

Transcript

Why your resume is important

 

Your resume = the key to breaking through to the job interview and beyond!

 

This is your opportunity to showcase why you’re a great fit for the role and stand out from the pack of applicants… which is often a VERY large pack. You’ll want to display how you meet the job’s current requirements — and also how you might be able to add value outside of just the basic requirements!

 

Your resume is also an essential part of the interview process. Once you get to the interview phase, you’ll have a chance to elaborate more on your resume and show off your personality a bit more. More on this in our lesson on interviewing.

 

How to set yourself & your resume up for success

 

There are truly unlimited ways to approach resume building — no two resumes are the same!

 

Here are some of the best practices you can put into effect with any resume:

 

  • Optimize for “skimmability”! In other words, make sure a recruiter can look at your resume quickly and understand what your skills & strengths are.
  • Consistant formatting. Consider how your fonts, headers, spacing, and overall design work together on your resume.
  • Cater to the job you’re applying for. There are often words that will help you stand out. Read the job description and make sure your resume incorporates the relevant words on your own resume.
  • Include results. Numbers stand out! Find ways to showcase the relevant results you’ve accomplished in past roles by using percentages.
  • Less is more! Don’t overshare or include irrelevant information. You’ll want to try and keep your resume on one page if possible.
  • Showcase certifications & skills. Employers want to know where you’ll be able to add value in and outside of the job description!
  • Add some personality. It can be frustrating to try and convey who you are with just words on a page, but you can find ways to creatively showcase who you are through your resume design or a few words & sentences.
  • Keep it clean. Avoid grammatical errors, typos & inconsistencies! (Psssst: one or two probably won’t hurt you… but just remember to PROOFREAD!)
  • Get feedback! Show your resume to a friend, family member, advisor or mentor to get some feedback before you start applying.

 

Alright, now you’ve got the basics to create your resume. Go out there and do it!

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