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Writing a resume can be tough work, especially if it’s your first time writing one! You want it to perfectly resemble who you are and make you stand out over the hundreds of other papers employers may receive. However, do not be alarmed! It can be easy and fun if you take the time and put forth the effort into making it the ideal resume.
When writing a resume for the first time I was completely lost! I didn’t know where to start or what I should even include in it. From experience, here are a few tips for those of you writing a resume or wanting to fix your resume to be the best that it can be!
1. Limit your resume to only one page. If it gets too lengthy, employers may skim over the most important information because remember, they have so many resumes to look over! So, only include the most important information and the information that suits best to the internship that you are applying for!
2. When typing your resume, try limiting it to one or two fonts. If you start getting a little designer crazy, it gets a little hectic to read and the employer may not be able to read what is actually on your resume. Keep it to a simple, but professional font. When you align your resume, keep it to the same format. Use equal margins around the edges, indentation and spacing should be the same, and make sure the line breaks are even! If your resume looks professional at a first glance without any cluster, you’re already ahead of the game!
3. Organize your resume by headings and in a logical order. You should bold your headings so it’s easy for the employers to be guided through your resume. The most common headings in a resume are “Objectives”, “Education”, “Achievements”, “Skills”, and “Experience”. Of course, you don’t have to use all of these, but choose the ones that will help display your talents and experience the best for you.
These are just a few basic tips when it comes to creating your resume for the first time! Do not over think the process and just throw information onto a sheet of paper. Take your time and choose what information will best represent your skills and talents because, remember, the employer may not get to actually see or speak with you, it is all based first on that one piece of paper! Relax and good luck!