6 resume rules every grad should follow
Your resume might be the most important document you use in your job search. It’s a company’s first impression of you – a snapshot of who you are and what you can do. Your resume determines whether or not you get an interview, so it’s important to make sure it’s the best it can be. Our recruiters have come up with 6 rules to follow in order to make sure your resume isn’t lost in the shuffle:
- Use verbs
Start each bullet point with a verb such as organized, managed, consulted, etc. This will tell employers exactly what you’ve done in a clear and concise manner.
- Explain why
Recruiters want to know more than a list of tasks you’ve completed, so be sure to explain why these tasks are on your resume. It’s great that you can use Excel, but tell us why it’s necessary for you to use it.
- Balance white space
Resumes should be easy to read and follow, and should not be overloaded with content. Only the most important items should go on your resume. Remember: you can always expand on your knowledge when you get to the interview stage of the hiring process.
- Tailor your resume
It’s important that you tweak your resume for each job application. Make sure to compare your resume with the job posting. This way, you can show a recruiter that you have the exact skills and qualifications that they’re looking for and why you are an ideal candidate.
- Keep it under 2 pages
As we said before, only the most important things should go on your resume. Your resume should give a recruiter a quick snapshot of who you are as a candidate and what you bring to the table. Because of the volume of resumes recruiters receive, your resume may not be thoroughly read if it’s too long and some of your key skills or qualifications might be overlooked. Keep it short and simple!
- Proofread, proofread, and then proofread once more!
A spelling mistake can send your resume to the “no” pile. Reread your resume at least 3 times and, if possible, have a friend review it before hitting submit.
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