Resume Writing: Putting it all Together

Having written a few posts addressing common issues for first time or teenage resume writers, I thought it might be good to wrap up the short series with a few tips to help tie everything together.

Before you start writing: First, a huge heads up before I provide any more specific tips. A first time or teenage resume writer might be tempted to embellish or invent details for the resume, but this is a very bad idea. Employers have ways of finding out if you have lied in any way on your resume, so make sure every detail you include is the absolute truth. 

That said, here are some other handy tips:

  • Your contact information should always be placed at the top of the resume, and should include your name, address, phone number, and email address. A professional email address is best, so if yours is anything like partygirl99@hotmail.com, you should create another, more appropriate address for your job search.
  • In your education section, it is a good idea to include your graduation date, i.e. Class of 2018.
  • When writing about your experience, whether work or volunteer, be sure to start each bullet point with a strong, active verb. Examples include maintained, organized, developed, etc.
  • The expected headings on a resume are education and experience (work and / or volunteer), but many others are possible. You might consider: skills, leadership experience, research experience, writing experience, computer experience, objectives, leadership, related coursework, etc. Choose the headings that best represent what you have to offer.

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • Always proofread your resume; you would not want to be removed from the running due to a careless typo or other mistake. Also, have someone else you trust read the document. They might be able to find mistakes you missed in your own proofreading.
  • Have multiple copies of your resume available: on paper, on a flash drive, and in your email. You never know when you might need one.
  • Update your resume often. Add new experiences, activities and clubs while you are still involved in them; this will help you to remember the relevant details more easily.
  • Be conscious of what you have posted on your social media accounts, like Facebook and Twitter. Employers can check these, so make sure you have updated your privacy settings, and have removed anything that could reflect poorly on you from your accounts. Or better yet, don’t post questionable or controversial content in the first place.

Whether you are writing a resume for a summer job, an internship, or co-op placement, these tips can help you craft the best document to help you land the position.

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