This blog entry was written by Jordan DeJarnette, our Campus Ambassador from the University of Tennessee.
As College students working towards breaking into the real world, the importance of having a strong resume has been, and will be, a topic that is stressed to us again and again. But for some of us, the thought of having to put together a list of our lifetime doings and accomplishments is a daunting task – which is why I’ve complied a list of a few tips and tricks to make sure that your resume is in tip-top shape
1. Keep most current things current & list time span – This is pretty self explanatory, but is often overlooked! Make sure to keep your work, schooling and accomplishments in chronological order by section by listing the approximant time span that you worked at the establishment or held a position for a certain organization. This will allow future employers to read your resume easier and focus more on you and your talents and experience, instead of trying to figure out when exactly you did what.
2. List ALL Experience – When it comes to the interviewing process, companies want to know that you are experienced and well rounded in the field that you are applying for. In order to ensure that they know that you’re right for the job, list all experience – for example, a minimum wage summer job can also act as a way to showcase your strengths and the experience it gave you, such as “Enhanced my ability to provide exceptional customer service”, or “Delegation responsibilities in a leadership role”. These are seemingly minute things that make a big impact by showing the employer that you’re able to take something away from and shine while doing a task, no matter big or small!
3. Be YOU – One of the biggest mistakes that college students make is trying to structure their resume into a cookie cutter form to try and fit the mold that they believe employers are looking for. While professionalism is important, listing things that are unique to you are important as well. Your resume should not only be a snapshot of your work ethic, but also your personality. An out of the box, anti-cooker cuter resume is apt to grab employer’s attention more than one that’s common and non-original. For example, as a PR major, I recognize that one of my strengths is being able to incorporate wit and humor into the tone of the campaign that I’m working. Including this on my resume is a unique strength that will help and get employers a true glimpse into what I would bring to their team instead of telling them what I think that they want to hear.