13 Ways to Revamp Your Resume This Fall

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13 Ways to Revamp Your Resume This Fall

Summer internships are wrapping up and it's time to head back to school. Don’t just give yourself a makeover for the fall – give your resume a makeover as well as you add your new experience! I’ve been chatting with some of our Campus Ambassadors about resume tips and tricks and decided to put together a list of my top 13 tips for you:

  1. Cut It Down. You’ve had a great summer internship and all of a sudden your resume is more than one page. Uh oh! It has to be one page; find a way to cut it down. Ask yourself, “If I had 10 seconds in an elevator with the employer of my dreams which experiences would I mention?” Now include those!
  2. Make it Eye-Catching, but not distracting. Experiment with different font styles and even some color on your resume; it’s competitive out there so you want to stand out. Just be careful – you have to walk a fine line between being creative and overdoing it. Your professional skills should speak louder than your font size.
  3. Don't Get Caught Up With Color. You can play with color but keep it simple. If you want to do color, stick with one signature shade. Also, keep in mind that people might print this out in black and white so don’t get too stuck on the color choices as it might be irrelevant.
  4. Calm Down, Big Letters. Your name should be prominent and larger than the other words on the resume but not super-sized. Try just a couple points larger than the rest of the font. 
  5. Name Comes First. I've seen some students experiment with putting his/her major above the name, or address above the name, but we're not going there. Keep the name first.
  6. Use Your Professional Email. You want to make sure that if the employer picks up your resume two years from now, they’ll be able to contact you. Use a professional email address and if you don't have one yet, head to Gmail.com now!
  7. Incorporate Social Media Logos or other creative ideas. I recently saw an ambassador’s resume that said “Connect with Me” and included the logos for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I liked it and thought it felt more current than other resumes I've seen.
  8. Use Bullets Points When Necessary. I like the use of  bullet points throughout the resume but you don’t need to bullet out things like your address, phone number, etc.
  9. Watch Your Margins. Make sure everything on your resume is in a consistent format and lines up nicely.
  10. Make Sure It Reads Well. You never want the employer to feel like they can’t easily find the information they are looking for because their eyes are skipping all over the resume.
  11. Condense Additional Sections.  “Skills” or “Accomplishments” sections should be 3-5 bullet points that make your point. Try really hard not to be repetitive in these sections.  
  12. Understand What Constitutes a Skill. If you don’t know how to use Microsoft Word or Excel yet, you aren’t ready to apply for an internship or a job. These are now skills that all employers will assume you have. Only include advanced programs in a skill section like Final Cut Pro or Photoshop.
  13. Ask How to Include Experience. If you are finishing up your summer internship and don’t know the best way to articulate your experience on your resume, ask your supervisor. There is NOTHING wrong with asking. If you represent a brand on campus, ask them for advice on how to include your role on a resume.
For more resume advice, check out my internship book, All Work, No Pay