As you finish college, and quite possibly even during college, you will need to apply for a job and write a resume.
Since your resume will be a representative of you often to people who have never met you personally you need to design your resume to create a good first impression and interest your potential employer.
To make your resume as good as possible, remember to apply these eight tips as you write.
#1 Be Formal and Concise
When writing your resume, do not write it in a first-person, informal style. While this may seem natural to you, your potential employer will find it sloppy and distracting.
For example, do not write, I built a completely remodeled website for XYZ Company. Instead, you should say, Redesigned website for XYZ Company.
By writing in this short, concise style, you will make your resume more persuasive and readable.
#2 Use Specifics
You can also improve your resume by including specific details that show exactly what you did.
Drawing from our last example, you can improve your sentence even more by writing, Doubled sales over a three month period by redesigning website for XYZ Company.
This sentence is highly persuasive because it communicates specific details in a concise manner.
#3 Be Personal
Although formality is important, you need to avoid being impersonal. The main way you can avoid this trap is by not trying to sound impressive by over using keywords and industry jargon.
While some jargon is good and should be used, too much simply makes you sound bloated and impersonal.
#4 Remove Irrelevant Information
Since you, as a college student, probably do not have much experience to list on your resume, it can be tempting to fill the empty space with irrelevant information. Resist the urge.
Unless directly related to your profession, your hobbies should not be listed on your resume. The same goes for personal details such as age and marital status.
Including irrelevant information will make you look inexperienced and will make it harder for you potential employer to find the truly important parts of your resume.
Only include information on your resume that will help you get an interview. Remove the filler content.
#5 Spell Check Manually
It goes without saying that you should spell check your resume. After all, if this short document will represent you, shouldnt you make it as perfect as possible?
However, many writers forget to manually spell check. In the age of computers, most spelling errors are automatically caught by the computer, but some are not.
What if you accidentally wrote their instead of there?
Check through your resume manually to find any embarrassing typos.
#6 Check The Grammar
In addition to checking your spelling, you also need to evaluate your grammar. Depending on your language skills, you many need to get someone else to help you with this, but do not leave your grammar unchecked.
Do you really want to lose your dream job just because your resume has a sentence fragment?
#7 Get It Proofread
After you have checked your resume for spelling and grammar errors, it is time to have someone else proofread it for you.
Preferably, find someone in the same industry as you so that they can help you use the proper terminology.
If that is impossible, find someone who understands writing and can help you catch any silly mistakes.
Getting a fresh perspective on your resume can help you perfect it.
#8 Format Properly
Once the content of your resume is completed, remember to format it properly.
In general, you should have plenty of white space, organized content, clean headers, and readable text.
However, specifics can vary from industry to industry (especially if you are in graphics design), so check with someone in the industry.
By applying these eight tips to your resume, you can increase your likelihood of getting an interview and a job.
Have you written your resume yet? If so, what are your tips?