Resume Tips

 Throughout my undergrad, I’ve spent quite a bit of time workshopping resumes. I always focused on having pretty ones that would stand out to recruiters. While this has been great if I’m giving a resume to an actual person, it’s not so great for AI to read. For a resume to be readable by a computer, it can’t have columns and complicated format–the simpler the better in this case. Going for an interesting resume, I find Canva to be great. They have many personalizable templates that you can use to make what you need. 

Another tip for resumes is to use keywords from the posting itself. That’s a good way to have the computer flag your resume to be read. Applying to jobs posted online can be daunting, especially because so many people apply, but there are ways to stand out. You can let hiring managers know what you’re looking for by having a headline at the top. It’s a simple part where you can summarize yourself, your interests, and what kind of work you want to do. 

You should always try to tailor your resume to the job. Find out about the company and keep your eyes open to how you’re a good fit for each other. If you have measurable results from previous work you’ve done, like improving online traffic by 23% or retention rates by 43%, then those are great to add. They add depth and importance to your previous roles. It’s also super important to proofread, proofread, proofread. A really simple mistake can mean your resume isn’t taken as seriously. 

A great way to avoid these mistakes is to have people look over it. They can help you fine tune your wording as well as catch errors. Another point on resumes is that they’re usually a page or two, which means that the space on them is valuable. Try not to have lines that have only one word on them as that wastes the rest of the line. 

While stressful to do these projects now, it’s a great idea to take the time to look at jobs out there, as well as write resumes and cover letters. Resumes can be tools to get you a job so take crafting them seriously. It’s good to have drafts and go through them slowly. Take it one step at a time and enjoy it.

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