Spring — the season of change, new beginnings and potentially new opportunities. It’s the time of year when some of us might be finishing up our last semester of school, looking to land an internship for the summer or perhaps just craving a new experience with the change of season. Regardless of what you have going on in your life, you have to be fully prepared for whatever lies ahead, which is why a polished and updated resume will be your new best friend.
Our resume is the one true reflection of ourselves when it comes to the working world and as we all take care of ourselves, our resume also requires the same tender, love and care. Here are some tips on how to get your resume into tip-top shape for the new season.
Keep it Clean
A resume that’s too cluttered and busy is like a closet that continues to grow and overflow with new purchases; stuffy, crowded and poses as too much to ever deal with. Which is definitely not the impression we want to give off to an employer. It’s key to keep the resume, clean, easy to read, with all your major career achievements highlighted. For example, your resume shouldn’t be four pages long, if it is, then it’s need of some serious cleaning up. You want to condense it down to at least one to two pages, which should consist of a brief profile, your education and work experience, and any applicable skills or training. Nothing more, nothing less.
Have a Focus
Not only do you want your resume to highlight all of your many achievements, skills and experiences but you also want it to tell your story. Maintain a focus throughout; you should have work experience that corresponds with your skills and education. Everything should connect with each other in some way and it should be clear as to why you are seeking a job as a visual merchandiser or a fashion journalist, which means your job as a hostess at the Keg in 2009 no longer needs to be included, as it is not relevant to your overall career.
Format is Everything
When it comes to keeping appearances clean and maintaining a focus, format plays a huge role. The dates, titles and job descriptions should be formatted correctly reading from left to right and in order of relevancy. Hiring managers must sift through stacks of resumes so you need your resume to stand out. Mix up how you visually separate information, by using bold headers, or text boxes to give a creative feel to your content.
Don’t Miss Out
Lastly, you don’t want to miss out on including any of those small but very impactful details. Any type of certificates, additional courses or volunteer experience you may have completed in the past or any other details you can think might be relevant to your resume include it! Don’t miss any opportunity to make yourself look like the super star that you are. Show off your talents and be proud of your accomplishments no matter how big or small.
Remember, it never hurts to have a friend or peer check over your resume before submitting it to any potential employer. It is always good to have another pair of eyes look over your work, just to be safe in terms of grammar, formatting and content.
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Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth
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