A resume is a great way to showcase your experience and skills for potential employers. Building a resume can sound daunting, but it isn’t as hard as one might think. Here are our basic tips:
- Keep it simple. You don’t need an excess of graphics, pictures, or cool fonts. The more uniform & basic the resume is, the easier it is to read!
- Leave it to one page. You can cut down on the length of your resume by leaving out detailed paragraphs of job duties, jobs from more than 15-20 years ago (especially if it isn’t relevant to the job you’re applying for), and jobs that were short-lived & only there to fill a gap. Remember #1 – keep it simple!
- Make sure your information is up to date. A lot of people use resume generators, and while those are a great tool, it doesn’t do any good if you don’t keep it updated! Make sure to update after a change in contact information, and especially if there is new experience or skills to be added.
- Try to keep your skills relevant to the position you’re applying for. This is a great way to make you stand out from other applicants.
- Proofread. Seriously. You don’t want to apply for a type-writing or data-entry job with grammar mistakes or misspellings. And you DEFINITELY don’t want your phone number listed wrong!
If you need a little more insight, here’s a roundup of some great articles we found with tips for building (or improving) your resume!