Résumé Tips & Tricks

Resumes can be confusing heres a little guide to get you through it!

| November 2, 2017

When it comes to writing a résumé, things can get a little complicated. Sometimes it can be hard to word things just right. Like, when you are trying to make your boring job sound a lot better than it actually is. So, here are some tips and tricks when it comes to making an eye-catching résumé.

To catch your reader’s attention, you can start off with a summary or overview of yourself. If it is interesting enough, it will most likely help whoever is reading your résumé, make them more excited about learning more about you. You should use strong buzz words like ambitious, creative, organized or leader in your introduction to describe yourself. You should also mention what kind of background you have, such as a background in marketing or finance.

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When it comes to the body of your résumé, start off with your experience and move into education. Always list your experience from most recent to oldest. You can also sort your work experience from normal jobs to internship experience if you have had any. When it comes to the verbiage about what you have done at your job, use strong words to make it sound as important as possible. For example, if you were a hostess, do not just say you sat people down and cleaned tables. You should word it as, “empowered to upkeep a positive customer experience and ensure a positive image.”

This makes it sound like you did a lot more than just greet customers, and that you think of it higher than just any old job. Some other strong words to use when describing jobs are: crafted, coordinated, adapted, perfected, managed, resolved, oversaw, refined, developed, etc. These are just some words you can use to describe your job duties without saying, “planned” or “created.” These words make you seem more like a leader, which is what employers are looking for. When you have finished your work experience, it is time to move onto education. If you are still in college, write your anticipated graduation date as well as that you are a candidate for your degree instead of saying you already have it.

After that, list all of the extracurricular you have been involved in while in school. It is a good thing to have some experience with clubs, as well as outside work experience to put on your résumé. Employers like to see that you are involved, can take on multiple roles, and see if you can manage your time wisely on top of school work.

To end your résumé, you should include a short paragraph of your skills and achievements. Skills can consist of the type of software you are familiar with, another language you can speak, or something you feel you are really good at, like writing. Achievements can be anything from an award you have gotten from school or a certificate of some kind that means you are an expert in something specific, like CPR. Also, depending on the position you are applying for, feel free to mention other things you are interested in that make you stand out. This can be anything from playing the guitar, an interest in basketball, or the fact that you love a good challenge. Résumés are meant to be professional, but in this day in age, it is key to try to stand out.

When it comes to your résumé, there are tons of different ways you can approach it, but employers basically skim over your résumé. So, make sure you have everything you want them to know that you feel is relevant on there, and especially at the beginning. Another thing to note is, your résumé should not be the same for every position you apply for. Every job you are interested in is unique in its own way. That means, your résumé should be too. You can change the dialogue around to fit the employer, and include and remove positions you feel are relevant!

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