Resumes: tips & tricks

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Resumes: tips & tricks

I have always struggled with how to approach building a resume. What format do I use? What do I put on it? Am I suppose to include high school stuff? Is it worth mentioning I did that? And the list goes on and on. Now that I am a senior a resume is extremely important. It can make or break getting considered for an interview and then more importantly a job. I have had a resume since I was 16 and have been adding to it ever since, however it could definitely use some work. With that being said, I researched some helpful tips and tricks that I think we can all use to spice our resumes up!

First, it is all about format. Use one font and font size. Never exceed one page in length, this is because when interviewing it gives you a chance to give examples and explain what you have included. You want the layout to be easy on the eye. Your resume is a professional reflection of you so make it your own and stand out. Include all your college experiences because they are important like including everything from a part-time job to a class project. However, you want to make sure everything is relevant and up to date.

Now probably the most important tip that I have seen on almost every website and article is: identify your accomplishments not just your job description. You want to focus on what you did in the job and not what the job was. Do not include your tasks but include your responsibilities and what benefits that position gave you. Also add what you have learned or have taken away form the position. Just having a description of the position is not going to make you stand out.

Another important one is cater your resume to the employer. I found this interesting because I always thought you just have one resume that you could give to anyone. If the employer is looking for certain aspects in a candidate and you posses those aspects, you want to make sure those are included and highlighted very well.

Like I said before your resume can make or break getting a job and it is not something that should be taken lightly. If you have any other tips or tricks feel free to comment below!


2 Comments

Katie Buckis

Katie Buckis

March 12, 2019at 5:51 pm

I am so glad you included to cater your resume to your employer! It is so essential to keep the industry and culture of the company you’re applying to, and so many people, particularly college students, don’t fully realize that it makes a difference. I am a Finance and Marketing double major, and I have two completely different resumes for both industries, and I tweak each of them before every time I submit them.

Kayla Agan

kayla agan

March 18, 2019at 6:37 pm

This post is extremely relatable to me right now especially consider the crazies of applying for a summer internship! I have recreated my resume over 3 times now trying to figure out what is perfect! I have seen a lot about the font and sizing of the work, but I am still curious about the overall formatting. Is UGA’s recommended formatting really the best one? It does not seem to help our resumes stand out between each others. What about the fancy formatting that has their picture on their resume? Is that better than one without a picture?

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