I've been helping some college students by looking over their resumes for a few minutes each (literally doing this as I type). Here are some resume changes you can make today that may help you for job/internship applications tomorrow!
1. I don't want to see your campus activities jumbled somewhere in the education section or thrown into a side margin of your resume. I want to see the 2 most impressive campus activities (that you're involved with) listed with your other relevant experience and I want you to explain what you do as part of that club/community on-campus. This stuff is impressive - don't sell yourself short!
2. I LIKE when students sort of "name drop" cool brands or influencers they've worked with (through other internship opportunities) on their resumes. Especially when I may not be familiar with the name of the company or agency they interned with - I think this is a positive thing. I also love when people show me accomplishments on their resumes ("grew the social following from 2,000 to 30,000").
3. Creative resumes are great BUT you still have to use that real estate on the resume wisely. If there's too much "soft info" or too much space on the resume, you aren't using the space to sell yourself (as much as you should be).
4. I’m NOT a fan of objective statements usually. If your objective statement is super specific in terms of the exact position you are looking for you COULD leave it on. The issue is, you probably won’t be able to send the same resume to several different places and the resume might limit you. If the position isn’t what you describe that you are looking for, they may throw out your resume (something to think about).
5. Make sure nothing on your resume is outdated (like a note saying when you will relocate).
6. If you’re going after an NYC position – I’d try to get a NYC address on the resume (or don’t include the address and let them know in your cover letter). When people tell me they are “going to move” I typically have an “I’ll believe it when I see it” mentality.
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