Resume Writing 101
Your resumé is the first step to getting a job. It creates a first impression; documents your skills, experiences, and accomplishments; and can help you stand out in a crowded job market.
What to include
- Name and contact information
- A 1 to 2 sentence summary of what type of job you are seeking and your qualifications for such a position. If this is the only thing the employer reads, it should sell them on you in less than 30 seconds!
- Work experience: Include jobs, internships, and informal employment like babysitting, lawn care, pet sitting, etc.
- Volunteer or extracurricular experience: This is especially important if the activities are relevant or use skills that are transferable to the job that you’re applying for.
- Education: If you’ve taken any specialized classes that apply to the job or any college-level courses, list those. Include your GPA only if it’s 3.5 or higher.
- Skills and software proficiencies: List fluent languages and any other relevant skills like customer service, writing, subject matter expertise or software (design programs, Google Suite, Slack, Microsoft Excel, etc.)
Use spell check after typing your resume, and don’t forget to proofread (and have a friend or two lend their eyes too) to make sure you don’t have any spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors on your resume.