How do you make sure your resume stands out from the crowd? How do you let us know who you are—before we’ve even met you?
Here are some tips on writing a resume that will get you noticed...
The resume is a powerful tool. It gives you the opportunity to make an impression, showcase your strengths and accomplishments, and distinguish yourself from the competition. However, even the best resume cannot guarantee a job and it may prevent you from getting the job if not done well. We want to evaluate our candidates in the best light, so here are some tips, straight from our recruiters:
- An objective statement isn’t necessary for an entry level job and it usually takes up valuable space – use the extra space to expand on your relevant experience (school projects, work or internship) rather than state relatively useless objective.
- If you include an objective statement, make sure it clearly and succinctly address your career needs AND that it’s appropriate for the company and position you’re applying to!
- Include: relevant honors, research, professional organization involvement, technical skills, school projects, publications, volunteer work, and experience – AND be able to speak to what you list.
- Your resume should be easy to read. The average recruiter spends 10 seconds scanning a resume. To get the most of their review, make sure yours is formatted well, with readable font, and no longer than 1-2 pages.
- If you have a security clearance – make sure it’s listed (and emphasized!) on your resume.
- Don’t just list your classes – list coursework if it is relevant. Also, make sure you can explain why it’s relevant and how it sets you apart from your peers or another candidate with your same major.
- List your education first, followed by work experience, with the most recent or most important activities first within each category.
- No pictures, fancy fonts or other distracting elements – it detracts from your professional image.
- Edit and update. It should go without saying that your resume should be free of spelling and grammar errors. It should also be as up-to-date and as possible.
Include a cover letter if you need to explain something on your resume, were referred to a position, or need to give context to your resume. Generally recruiters spend much less time on cover letters, if they bother at all, so make sure it is relevant and to the point.
For more information, download our How to Write a Resume guide.