College is stressful; you spend 4 years, 1460 days going to school attending classes that are pinpointed to a career field you desire to one day be a part of. You rock every midterm and every final to one day find yourself face to face with a piece of paper that will now control the rest of your life.
Eighty percent of the time when hiring managers look at a resume, they commonly look at:
Current title and company
Current position state and end dates
Previous title and company
Previous position starts and end dates
Here are some DO’s and DON’Ts on how to write a rockin’ resume for that job you have been dreaming about.
- DO stick to 9 to 12-point font.
- DON’T use objective statements.
- DO list your most recent jobs at the top.
- You will follow this list with your accomplishments at those jobs as bullet points. You will list these as bullet points and not paragraph form.
- DON’T make it personal.
- When writing, make sure you avoid including personal information such as material status, or number of children.
- DO tailor each resume to a specific job.
- Fifty-three percent of hiring managers say it is of utmost importance that a candidate tailor their resume to the specific job.
- Fifty-two percent of hiring mangers stated they would like to see more specific examples when it comes to previous work.
- DON’T use photography on your resume.
- You want to keep it looking professional and proper. You are not talking to a friend; you are speaking to a potential employer.
- DO know the sweet spot when it comes to word count.
- You will want to keep the word count to around 400 words per page.
- DON’T use an amateur email address; e.g. JillianSoccer23@yahoo.com.
- This is not your friend you are talking to! It will take 5 minutes to set up an additional email to use when you send in a piece of paper that will determine your future.
- DO understand that you can use color in your resume.
- It is not considered inappropriate to use color in a resume, but use it wisely.
- DON’T list your GPA if it is below 3.5.
- You should showcase your accomplishments and not your mishaps throughout your college career.