Nearly everyday, including today, I work with university students and recent graduates to help them reach their next greatest opportunities. Whether an internship, entry level job or entrepreneurial venture, your resumes MUST reflect the requirements of the opportunities.
That seems simple enough, yet usually it is not. We write our resumes or curricula vitae (for those published higher education folk) in a generic format and then try to match it to the opportunity descriptions. In short, it does not work with you at least tweaking your resume or LinkedIn profile to match what you are seeking in the marketplace.
Attached is a sample resume. It fits a format that has worked to secure assignments in most situations. Consider resume formats as a guide for adherence to style, grammar and other format “rules.”
1. Write a one-page resume in 11- or 12-point typeface. If it is a CV for education assignments, multiple pages do not count against you. If you are asked to provide references, do so on a separate page.
2. The “profile” or “summary” atop your resume is not needed. That is, unless you are applying for certain business-related assignments, jobs that have numerous requirements, and/or to fill the page. Instead, utilize the words in the profile or introduction section of your resume as a good start for your cover letter.
3. Unless you are applying for an education job, your academic accomplishments should be placed at the end of the resume.
4. Please do not use the phrase “professional experience” or segregate your volunteer and other valued assignments. Simply, “experience” will suffice as a heading. Some career advisors suggest a “technology” section on your resume (see below for inc. link).
1. Review and review again and again each word in the opportunity description to make sure that the key words in your resume closely resemble or match the advertised assignment.
2. Utilize active verbs to describe your experience. Past tense usage is allowed for former positions, yet action words should be incorporated. For example, your LinkedIn profile and resumes should emphasize “Collaborative, visionary manager with award-winning experience in digital television production” rather than “Experienced television producer with vast assignments as a field reporter and editor.”
3. Eliminate jargon that may relate to your university, your industry or everyday words used by my favorite Millienial or Z Generation folk. Keep in mind that your resume will likely be viewed by Baby Boomers who may not understand abbreviations and technology short cut words.
4. Keep sentences short and adhere to the same style in the writing and graphic design. For instance, do not omit the location of one job while including it for all other assignments. Another major flub is when the typeface styles are all over the place.
5. Spell check is free. Grammar software programs are inexpensive.
6. Read your resume aloud. Allow someone else to edit your resume. You will be surprised how many mistakes you can catch by following these final steps before hitting the send button to distribute your resume and cover letter.
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Cover letters, video and audio interviews and online application monitoring are among my future blogs.