What is a resume?
A resume is a document that sums up a job seeker’s qualifications for the jobs they’re interested in. More than just a formal job application, a resume is a marketing tool that job seekers use to communicate their value to employers.
Since I received my undergraduate degree in English/Writing Studies, every student in the department was required to turn in a completed resume. This gave me an edge towards having a very successful resume. There are a few tips that have helped me along the way!
What should you include in a resume?
- Name, address, email, phone number
- Present and previous jobs (most relevant, most recent goes first)
- Volunteer Work
- Skills & Abilities
Watch the video below to hear 5 mistakes people typically make on that go along with these inclusions:
Should I use a resume template?
I feel as if this one is totally up to you. I think this component reflects you as an individual. Someone in graphic design or photography may want to spice it up a little:
If you are pursuing a career in social media marketing maybe you’d like to do something like this:
Some professors may not agree with the creativity behind your resume, but this is when I disagree. A resume is to market, sell, and promote yourself that separates you from the next person that is about to walk into the interview. What sets you apart from the rest? Below is another example of how a little tweaking can transform your boring resume:
Stop paying websites to fix up your resume’s! You can easily make these on Microsoft Office and Microsoft Publisher. There are even some free websites out there that provide templates and my personal favorite is www.canva.com. Don’t forget to look at your local marketing agencies. They usually have workshops on resume builders, website builders, brand builders, etc. Start on this today to separate yourself from others tomorrow.