Student Guide to Landing a Job (part 2)
You can’t create a good resume in a blink of an eye; it definitely takes some time. And it’s quite understandable because your CV is what creates the impression of you before you start to speak. It often serves as the human resources manager's number one reason to call you and arrange an interview. When creating a resume you should complete it in such a way that it can fit any position that you’re applying for. The courses that you have completed as well as your top academic achievements must especially be highlighted. The more experience you will get, the more you will transform your resume and replace academic achievements with actual working experience.
How should my resume be organized?
It takes only six seconds for hiring managers to scan the resume and decide if a person is interesting for them. What does this info tell you? Again, you see that having a good resume is very important and your resume should have something to grab HR manager’s attention. What is it? First, you resume should be completed according to certain standards.
- Format. It’s how you organize the information. Choose one style and stick to it. Be consistent. You can choose one of the following styles:
- Chronological Resume: Probably the most used CV format where the history of education and employment is presented in reverse chronological order – the most up-to-date experiences are mentioned first. In the end, you can provide the list of your skills and qualities, as well as your awards and accomplishments.
- Functional Resume: This type of resume is for those who have gaps in their history of employment. Here the focus is shifted from working experience to the person’s skills.
- Combination Resume: Here you may be more flexible in the way how you organize your resume. You can highlight your strengths with skills, career, or qualifications.
- Non-traditional Resume: This completely non-traditional format may present the person through videos, animations, or in some other unexpected way.
- Length. As for a graduate one-page resume will be enough. As you get more and more working experience, you resume may be extended to two or three pages. If you have a hard time putting everything on one page, just write down the most necessary info.
- Fonts. Use simple, readable and recognizable fonts, such as Arial, Times New Roman, and Helvetica. Maybe, in some situations, it is better to apply a more creative approach, but don’t choose too heavy or flashy font anyway.
- Language. This is one of the most important elements when writing a resume because it says a lot about your personality. What message are you trying to transmit through your CV? Here are top 3 tips to help you use the right words:
- Use such action words as “coordinated/led teams”. Find a good list of action verbs to get started.
- Include relevant numbers
- Be direct.