As a classy co-ed, you probably already have a great resume: it’s one page only and lists your schools, internships, and extra-curriculars. It’s time to take it up a notch! Add the following things to take your resume from great to fabulous.
1. Appropriate Design: Customize your resume’s design to the career field you hope to break into. Interested in an artsy field such as graphic design or photography? Go for a more creative template. Interested in a more structured field such as law or management? Keep it simple.
2. Specificity: It’s more practical to prepare for multiple types of jobs in order to increase your chances of landing one. For example, majoring in journalism could prepare you to apply for positions in a range of areas such as social media, broadcasting, photography and news writing.
It’s so important to tailor your resume to each position you apply for. Place the most relevant experience at the top and don’t include irrelevant experience (part-time job at McDonald’s?). Always use key words adopted directly from the job description. Often human resources will be the first to see your resume; if certain characteristics aren’t apparent, it goes in the trash.
3. List of Accomplishments: Nowadays, every job applicant has multiple internships and too much organizational involvement. You need to set yourself apart as a classy co-ed by highlighting your achievements. Increased a site’s web traffic by 20 percent? Helped five C-average students earn A’s? Won an award? That’s what employers want to hear. Show them how much you can contribute to their company but highlighting what you’ve already achieved.
4. LinkedIn Profile URL: Chances are a prospective employer will do a web search for your name before they consider hiring you. Including the URL to your LinkedIn profile or another professional site shows you are one step ahead. Plus, it gives you space to showcase other interests you couldn’t fit on a one-page resume.
5. First-Class Cover Letter: A developed cover letter is your opportunity to shine. Tell the employer why you want the position, what you can contribute to the company and what you love about this career field. Express your passion! In an ever-competitive job market, more and more employers realize advanced skills and practices can be taught; passion for their work is inborn and what really motivates an employee to succeed. Now start preparing for that interview!