How To Write A Resume (Must Read)
I have met people in their second year of college who have resumes that have not been updated since high school. In fact, I can think of a couple instances of people who don’t even have resumes at all. You can guess what their job situation is like.
Not having a strong resume means one of three things:
- You are completely underestimating the value of a resume.
- You are extremely confident that you will win the lottery following graduation.
- You are lazy. Plain and simple.
While I can’t help anyone who falls into the last two categories, I can help people realize the value of a strong resume. Moreover, I know that as long as you don’t fall into that last category, I can help you build a resume that will land you that job or internship you’ve been drooling over.
Because to put it simply…
Resumes (and connections) are what get you a job PERIOD
Simple math problem:
A = Job (which requires knowledge of your past performance)
B = Resume (which are used to show your past performance)
C = Job (which equals cash money$$$)
If A requires B and you require C then you better write your damn resume! Math is stupid anyway.
So let’s get to the meat of how to write a resume. I know, I know. More reading yuck right? Wrong. Because I found you a video. Who is your BFF? That’s right! Say it!
Take Home Message:
Write a resume for people who are not going to read it!
- People don’t always read your resume, so write a resume for people who are not going to read it.
Things to include:
- Organize, organize, organize. (Absolutely no one wants to get lost in your labyrinth)
- Your First and Last name (Sorry Juan Alfonso de Borja y Estevez III, but lets keep it simple)
- Email (grow up and get Gmail already, Yahoo is for grandparents)
- Cell phone number rather than your home phone (no address –not really necessary)
- Why your interested: ALWAYS target your resume to the job you are applying for
- What do you have to bring to the table
What do you have to bring to the table:
- Experience: outline what you have done.
- Education: Briefly explain relevant matters surrounding your education
- Skills: Use keywords (will open in a new window)
- Accomplishments: the best predictor of future performance is past performance
Need more help? Resume Templates(will open in a new window)
Remember resumes will not get you a job but they will get you the interview that will allow you to get the job.
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Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist