HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT RESUME (yES...eVEN IF YOU'VE NEVER HAD A JOB)
Ah, the resume! Perhaps one of the most daunting aspects of job searching, resumes are a necessary evil. If you don't have any work experience, you may find yourself drawing a blank when it comes to knowing where to begin. But, give yourself more credit! Even without work experience, there are plenty of ways to stand out and find the job you want. The following are some practical tips to guide you in the right direction, and help you land a job you love.
Before you begin, create an email address. You may think you already have one, but handles like, SnapChatGod, InstaBabe, YASQueen, aren’t going to fly in the professional world. In order to present yourself in the best way, you need to have an address that is something like FirstName_LastName, FirstName.LastName, FirstnameLastname.
Once you have your professional email address, you’re ready to begin. Microsoft Word has resume templates that make it easy to fill in the blanks.
Use positive verbs that reflect action in a dynamic way. For example, use words like directed, trained, organized and created instead of tried, did or got when listing activities about your current or previous job tasks.
WHAT TO INCLUDE
Have you ever been on a sports team? Were you captain? Hint: That’s leadership experience! Be sure you add it in your resume.
Are you on the honor roll? Did you drastically raise your grade in a particular class? List it. Share that experience. It shows you have what it takes to persevere even under difficult circumstances or pressure.
Share experiences that go beyond school. Do you volunteer at your grandpa's shop? Do you babysit your cousins? Mowing lawns, snow shoveling and pet sitting are all solid jobs to add to your resume.
Show you are well-rounded. Interests and current hobbies relevant to the job are worth putting down too.
Are you always on time? Things such as punctuality and good attendance are important to employers. They show that you are dependable and reliable. Be sure to put those things on your resume if they are true about you.
SOCAL MEDIA MATTERS
Many employers (and even colleges) take a look at your social media profiles to learn more about you. If your profile is full of profanity or pictures of you with red Solo cups, you’ll need to clean it up. Look at it this way, anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see, don’t put it on social media.
If you have an applicable blog or portfolio online, include the link in your resume.
If you're a whiz at social media and your digital skills are on point, these are great things to include. Some employers have no idea how to use all of the social media platforms and could use an expert like you to improve their online presence.
DO THE WORK
Read the job description inside and out. Tailor your resume to fit the job. If it's something like a camp counselor, make sure your leadership experience stands out. If it's a refereeing job, include how many years you played a particular sport.
Consider asking teachers, coaches, previous employers (if you have them), neighbors, church members and anyone else close to you to write a letter of recommendation or to be a reference for you. They can beef up your credibility.
Proofread! Things like grammar mistakes and typos are major turn-offs. They make you appear careless and irresponsible in the eyes of potential employers. Ask someone else to proofread as well.
Remember – your resume is a reflection of you. Think of it as a marketing tool that offers a first impression of you to any potential employers. It's not the time to be modest! Brag and show them why you are the person they want for the job.