In Pursuit: How to Improve Your Resume

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For some reason, I really enjoy designing resumes. If I thought I would actually make money doing it, I would just design people’s resumes as a side job.

So for my first post in my new blog series, In Pursuit, I decided to do a post about resume tips. Also, I can’t wait to get this new blog series rolling – it’ll focus on things college students should know for pursuing a career, and I’m so excited to come up with more ideas for it (if there’s anything you would like to see, just let me know!).

Your resume is so important – employers don’t just look at the content, they look at how you set up the content. An eye-catching resume will help you stay memorable.

I’ve collected some resume tips that could be helpful, although it all depends on what job you’re going for. For example, my friends who are business majors with standard black and white resumes who gasp when I say I use color in my own. Which leads me to my first piece of advice.

Don’t be afraid to use color. But don’t go overboard either. Pick one or two colors that say something about your personality. For mine, the only color present is a bright blue, for my name. Keep it simple.

Stop using those Microsoft Word templates. I did this in high school when your resume wasn’t really a big deal. But now that I know better, I’ve moved on to design tools like Canva or Indesgin. Both are great for creating your resume, but I prefer Canva because of the many templates they provide that makes it easier to fill in your information.

ALWAYS save your resume as a PDF. It looks way more professional than any other format. Never send your resume over as a word document! It makes me cringe just thinking about it.

Have fun with fonts. You don’t always have to use Times New Roman. Mix it up a little – use different, bolder fonts for titles and your name (Oswald is one of my faves), and use a more classic font, like Georgia or Calibri, for the body text. As always though, keep it simple.

Keep the information on your resume short and to the point. That being said, you don’t have to include your first minimum wage job either – unless you have nothing else. Separate your “experience,” such as internships or anything related to the career field you want from your “work history,” which is past summer jobs. For mine, I put my journalism-related experiences at the top, and leave my work history and everything else below (I link to my resume below).

Include a statement about yourself. I actually have two, but one is enough. Having it next to, or below your name is a great place to put your statement. For example, the one I have at the very top of my resume is “A writer, editor and photographer who thinks that there is always room for improvement.” My second statement, below my name, is usually more personalized to the job or internship I’m going for. This statement on your resume can give an employer more insight to the kind of worker and person you are.

Don’t use “I.” Never say, “I did blah, blah, blah.” It can be distracting. The same goes for your cover letter.

If you need more help with designing or writing out your resume, here’s mine: JessieSpangler (8)

I hope this quick guide was helpful. If you have any other resume tips, let me know in the comments!

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