Your resume is the first thing hiring managers to see when you apply for a job.
It tells the company about your voice, how you will fit into their environment, and if you’re qualified for the position.
This single document is your chance to WOW your future boss before you even rock the interview!
1. Never recycle resumes
For each application, make sure your opening objective describes the position you’re applying for and your job descriptions highlight skills that are useful for this position.
Change it up, your mission should align with theirs.
2. Use your real name in your email address
Your resume could be perfect, but when your future boss reads that your email is “[email protected]”, you’re telling them that you lack professionalism.
This little detail shows future employers that you’re the young professional they’re looking for, no matter how much you like kittens.
3. Don’t overuse buzzwords
Sprinkling words like ‘manage’ and ‘accomplished’ into your resume is an attention grabber, but overdoing this can be a major turn-off to the reader.
While your resume should hold professional language, keeping it in your voice makes you stand out, and make you perfect for the job.
4. Don’t under sell yourself
This is probably the best piece of advice you can ever receive.As an intern you could highlight what you did e.g of “Assisted with”s or “Contributed to” all over your resume.
5. Color code
This may not be applicable depending on your field, but if you’re in the creative/communications sector this detail goes a long way.
Changing those colors to match those of the job you’re applying to is a tiny detail many people notice. Putting your name, subtitles or other accents in the organizations’ colors is a very simple and subtle way to ensure that your resume sticks out.
Last but not least, always take the time to read over your resume carefully.
Do all of your bullet points end with a period or have you left some without?
Is the spacing between each paragraph evenly dispersed?