There are few things you should be mindful of while writing the “meat” of your resume. Just because many of the positions you will apply to will be in the same industry does not mean that they will be the same position. This is important to note: every position is different, thus the skills needed for those positions will differ, as well. Make sure to read the job description carefully so you know what to highlight on your resume. Your resume skill points and experience should reflect the skills and experience they are seeking. It sounds pretty easy and like common sense, but when you start applying for more than a couple of jobs, you will want to use the same resume over and over; trust me. So long story short, you should tailor each resume you submit per job, based on the description and their company culture.
When you are writing your resume, you want to feature your successes but you also want to be showing your potential employer how you will make their company better and how you will exceed their expectations. A good start would be to include an objective statement at the top of your resume. In no more than two lines, tell your potential employer why you are the best person for the position or why you are a fit with their culture or how this position aligns with your passion and career goals, etc.… The objective will be one of their first insights into your personality and, therefore, it may take more than a couple rewrites to perfect it. This also should be tailored per job and company and you can even include the name of the position and the company in it. Your objective should not read, “to obtain a job….”. We clearly know that your resume is in our hands because you want to obtain a job.
Try to be as specific as possible with your job experience details. After each bullet, ask, “Why is this important?” or “Why would my potential employer care?” The description of your duties should validate your skills and portray you as the best candidate for the position. For example, if you created a newsletter for your company, do not just simply write “created monthly newsletter.” Let me (the interviewer/potential employer) know why this was important and how this added value to your company. Did sales increase as a result of the newsletter? Were you able to create ancillary revenue by selling sponsorships with the newsletter? Were there specific skills or programs you had learn to create and send the newsletter? Did you create and send the first newsletter in the company? If there was nothing more you can say than just “creating and sending the newsletter,” perhaps you should consider taking it off the resume.
Along the same lines, do not be so hard on yourself with your internships and don’t sell yourself short.
Even if some of the tasks you had as “just an intern” seemed mundane or unimportant, if they were not completed, would it hurt or badly effect the company or your manager? If so, then tell me. Internships will not all be glamorous or exactly what you want to do, but you will learn skills during internships that you won’t learn in the classroom. (More on that later…) That being said, tell me about those skills. Your potential employer will want to know that you have the basic experience to work in a corporate or professional environment.
Try to not to repeat words or start your sentence with overused words when you are describing your duties: Create. Manage. Organize. Develop. Coordinate. There are so many (literally, there are hundreds) of compelling action verbs that will catch the reader’s attention more than these overused words, and they may actually explain your tasks better.
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