Top 5 Resume Must-Haves

resume.jpgResumes are one of the most important pieces of paper you will ever submit in your life. It is supposed to tell a potential employer all about you and prove to them that you’re the best candidate for the job. With that kind of pressure, it’s easy to put too much, or worse, too little on your resume. But don’t worry. Here are 5 tips to make your resume the best it can be.

1.) Exclude high school information. Most people won’t include this and by including it, you make yourself look too young for the position and stand out in a negative way.

2.) Use every word wisely. Instead of using inexpressive category titles like “work experience” or “relevant experience,” tailor the categories specifically to the job. For example, if you’re applying for a management position use the category title “management experience.”

3.) When writing an objective statement, make it employer-focused rather then self-centered. You want to let your employer know why you are a good fit for them, not why they are a good fit for you.

4.) Use minimal style and formatting when designing your resume. Elle Woods might have gotten away with pink scented paper, but you’re not Elle Woods, and this is real life, not a movie. Try to leave white space in your resume and use no more than two font types.

5.) Use professional language. When you don’t know what words to use, use the same language you would use to explain your skills and accomplishments to a grandparent.

Resumes aren’t meant to be scary. They’re the first step to possibly landing the job of your dreams. So work hard, ask for help and follow these 5 tips!

-Charnay Pickett