“We are what are repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”-Aristotle
Whether you are actively seeking a job or just want to freshen up your resume, always keep your resume up-to-date. Nowadays, consumers and companies are always looking for certain keywords and phrases that stand out from others. Make your resume be the top of the pile of the over following papers on the HR’s desk with these tips:
- Use a professional email address: NO ONE will take any person who is looking for a job and/or an internship if their email address is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Create a new email address with your name i.e. jennyjonesgmail.com. If your name is a very common one, there is nothing wrong with having numbers or an underscore in it as well. Or even use your icloud email.
- Use your URL link: Whether you have a website with your work or even to showcase your experience from your LinkedIn profile, include it in your resume. It will give a clear picture of what you can do.
- Make sure you use the correct keywords: If you are looking for a project management job, you should use keywords such as effective scheduling or risk management skills.
- In each bullet point of the resume, a positive action verb should start with it: Accomplished, delivered, facilitate, oversaw
- Your education section should be clear indicating what school you attended, what years, the degree obtained, & any training that you have learned and/or the certificates
- Make sure to add key sections: skills you have, hobbies & interests, & any volunteer work
- Make sure there are plenty of white spaces on the resume. It will make the resume look clean. There should be at least .07 marginal in between each section.
- Save the resume as both .PDF & as .doc format. According to Career Manifestations blog, having a .doc file, it is easy for it to be processed through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) however it is also easy for anyone to edit it. So, it is good to have the a.PDF file of the same resume as well.