Resume Tips and Tricks for Success
One of the most amazing parts of all those great experiences, jobs & internships you’ve had throughout your college career is finally putting it all together for that future job that you’re sure to get! University Tees is here with all of the tips and tricks you need to put together the best resume and make yourself stand out from all of the other applicants.
As a recent graduate, I know the stress & confusion that comes with finally having to complete your resume. Sometimes you think you have too much and can’t hone down on the information you want to include, and sometimes you may feel like you do not have enough work experience to include. I’m here to help you be concise while listing all of your experiences and jobs on one page!
One of the most important things I learned throughout every workshop I attended in college was that for the most part HR managers who are reviewing resumes take about 10 seconds on each page. This means that what is at the top of your resume is the most important part. Place what you think is most important experience you have that applies to the role you are applying for at the top of all of your work experiences. For example, if you are applying for a graphic design position, you would want to list your most relevant graphic design experiences first. While part time jobs are still important, they can be listed last. It is all about strategy and what you want the HR managers to prioritize about your resume.
Keeping your Resume as Simple as Possible:
Now this one is one that can vary depending on your major or career of choice. Like I mentioned earlier, if you are applying for a graphic design position, you may want to show your creative skills with your resume. However, if the field you are going into is less creatively driven, limit yourself to a single font and color to avoid distraction.
Keep Everything Short:
When writing your experiences, make sure that when you explain each role you had. Keep it as short and sweet as possible while quantifying what you have accomplished. Here's an example:
Position: Student Coordinator
Helped local businesses to enhance and improve social media presence by using SEO data to increase engagement by 45%
Add Your Specific School’s Accreditation:
Many schools have very specific accreditations and certificates that stand out to potential employers or graduate schools that you are interested in. It is important to add your school's accreditation because it shows that your school has a curriculum that is rigorous and challenging.
Remember that whatever you place in your resume does not dictate who you are as a person. It is just a small aspect of who you are. Ensuring that you are being honest about your experiences and qualifications is the best way to represent yourself. At the end of the day, it is also about how you portray the best version of yourself on your resume!
I hope these few tips can help you hone into what you value in your experiences! Every experience has its own story, so be prepared to be able to explain that once you get your interview. Employers love to hear more than what is on your resume and what you have learned from the experiences listed. Good luck with all of your future job interviews!
- Valentina Chavez, University Tees Marketing Affiliate