Developing a great resume
Before writing your resume, you should consider doing a few things first.
- Get focused and ready to clearly articulate key points relevant to the role
- Start jotting down a list of your experience and skills
- Identify your career accomplishments thus far
- Think through what employers are going to be looking for when they review your resume – do your research by reading through relevant job postings, skills and keywords lists
What is the first thing someone should do prior to preparing their resume?
For campus hires:
- List any relevant internships and all leadership roles you held while at school
- Include volunteer/community activities
- No more than one page
For experienced hires:
- The #1 most important piece of information for an experience hire candidate to include on their resume is their accomplishments! Some examples (try to quantify if possible):
a. Earned the highest performance rating every year by exceeding goals
b. Surpassed sales goals by 25% year over year
c. Designed and implemented a new process that resulted in an overall firm
cost savings of 20%
d. Provide a link to your LinkedIn profile if available.
What’s the most important information to include on a resume for campus candidates?
Exp Hire Candidates?
- Your high school information is irrelevant – leave it out
- No photos or personal information such as marital status, age, number of children (leave that for Facebook)
- No paragraphs – use bullets
- Don’t include references
- If you have several years of work experience, take internships off your resume – they are no longer relevant
What should you leave out of a resume?
- Formatting is the first thing a recruiter notices – use bullets instead of paragraphs and a nice, clean format with no fancy fonts or caricatures
- Read through job descriptions and tailor your resume to have the key words and skills they are seeking – without lying or stretching the truth: make your resume the perfect match if you can
- Provide a few strong, unique details about yourself in the summary section without using generic terms such as “people person” or “good communication skills”. You can include any personality traits that you have identified for yourself.
- Always include any awards or performance recognitions and certifications
How can a candidate make their resume stand out?
- Most recruiters don’t require them, but they are great to have on file “just incase"
- A cover letter could separate you from another equally qualified candidate so it’s important to have one ready in case you need it.
Are cover letters still relevant in today’s job market?
- Cover letters need to be brief
- They should include an introduction of yourself and your skills
- A brief summary of your experience
- An explanation about why you want to work for their organization and why you are passionate about it
If yes, why are they still relevant and what kind/type of info should a candidate include on one?