Eight Secrets To Resume Writing

“The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be.” -Oprah Winfrey

 

Yes! You read up on a job description, and it catches your eye! Now, the application process begins. The first step to selling yourself is your resume, and it needs to make a statement. It needs to highlight the quality of your related work experience, credentials, and other capabilities. Here are eight things to remember when painting this professional portrait of yourself.

 

1. Take your time! If you have not yet drafted a resume, it is suggested that you start doing so as soon as possible. There is nothing worse than the pressure of waiting to the last minute and scrambling to put it together. Your resume should be an ongoing project that you revisit from time to time to ensure that it is up-to-date and well-written.

 

2. Vary verbs and include buzzwords. Eliminate wordiness and use a wealthy variety of keywords that are relevant to the job position you are applying for. This is essential to building a strong resume. Occasionally, it is easy to use words repeatedly. Use a thesaurus to diversify words, and when beginning each bullet point, remember to utilize a variety of verbs to increase the interest factor. Remember, your goal is to captivate others’ attention.

 

3. Honesty is the best policy! Of course, your resume needs to be professionally appealing. However, do not try to be someone that you are not. The last thing you want to do is include information that may be untrue or fluffed. How embarrassing would it be to not be able to elaborate on bullet points or answer the interviewing questions because you are ultimately caught in a lie? Keep it real!

 

4. Do not over elaborate. Do not oversimplify either. Keep the interest factor elevated by keeping your resume to the point. Of course, include the most important points, but allow for the recruiter to want to know more. Their interview questions will allow for you to really sell yourself in person.

 

5. Length of your resume is all about preference. Occasionally, recruiters prefer all of your writing to be on one page. However, if you have a great deal of related and additional experience that may help you land a position, include it, and make your resume extend onto a second page. It does not hurt to keep a copy of a simplified version of your resume that lists all of your experience and credentials on one page handy for if you feel as if this is more appropriate.

 

6. Your resume needs to be appealing to the eye. Of course, your font type should be a standard type that looks professional. In terms of size, it can be smaller but not eye-straining. Space out your sections on your resume and allow for some spacing between your bullet points. A cluttered resume may quickly get the boot.

 

7. Don’t be repetitive. Occasionally, if you have had multiple positions that are related, your work experience may be similar. If bullet points can repeat, list them in the most current job experience. You still need to include some information to briefly explain less current employment or experience, therefore, include points that stand out and differentiate between the two related experiences.

 

8. Proofread – Meticulously read through your resume, or have someone reputable review it for you. Ensure that this document is rid of grammatical errors, misspellings, and sounds professional. Slight mistakes may turn off a recruiter instantly.

 

Do you have any resume secrets? Share them with us and the community by commenting below!

Does It Make Sense To Include Your GPA On Your Resume?

“My priority is not about grades. I yearn for knowledge, skills and wisdom.”– Lailah Gifty Akita

 

After graduating with your degree, along with thousands of others, how do you set yourself apart from the person next to you? What can we put on our resumes that makes us unique? Especially if we have no experience in our area of study. One possibility is your GPA. Your GPA is virtually treated like the be-all, end-all in high school and especially college. It is the standard to which you are held and hold yourself. Many educational institutions often have a minimum requirement to get accepted, a minimum you must maintain to be accepted to a program, and a minimum requirement needed to ultimately graduate. So you’d think that mentioning your GPA on your resume is an absolute must, right? Well… not so fast! In today’s blog we’re going to tackle some GPA myths and lay to rest if it actually makes sense to include your GPA on your resume. Stay tuned…

 

Is The Standard The Same? – In college, the GPA is sacred. It is the number which we define ourselves in rank and we can use to measure our success (which is baloney). In the real world, does it really have any value anymore? Is there any standard in which your GPA would matter? After all, does a 3.5 at an Ivy League College mean the same as a 3.5 at a Community College? My theory is that your GPA is only of utmost importance when you are applying for your first full-time job out of college and need to give a reference as to “who you are.” Look at your GPA like your credit. If you have good credit you’re viewed as being reliable when paying your bills. When you have a decent GPA you’re viewed as being a reliable, hard worker, etc.. Yet, there are certain caveats in which you should not list your GPA…

 

Be Honest – First, if an employer asks for your GPA when applying, you must list it… and don’t lie. Many graduates forget employers can always request your transcripts as proof. On the other hand if an employer doesn’t ask, don’t tell. The one time listing your GPA may help you out is when you have a rather high GPA (above a 3.5) and need to set yourself apart. For example, submitting your resume to your first job as a Programmer while listing your GPA as being a 3.8 may give you the one-up you need. In this case, it is worth listing. It’s so important to remember it’s the skills that you bring to the table are what set you apart, not a silly number. Sell yourself on your strengths, personality, and who you are. That is your brand and a number could never do justice to that.

 

Established Career – Once you’ve been working for a few years and are ready to move on and advance your career whether internally or externally, will your GPA matter as much? In most cases employers most likely could care less about your GPA after you are established and settled in. If you have the experience and the degree the position requires, the GPA seemingly loses its value. Once you’ve established yourself in your career your experience takes over and employers look at you based off what you did in your Industry; not necessarily how you did in College. Need proof? Check out Employment Specialist

Alexandria Bellivan’spost on LinkedIn about GPA’s. You’ll find some incredibly insightful information there from real recruiters and employers.

 

Conclusion – Do you think GPA matters? Is it possible that how you did in academics could follow you around your whole life? You already know my thoughts and take on expressing your GPA. Now I want to know yours! Let us know what you think in the comments below!