Career Readiness: 4 Tips for Resume Building

Written by Taria Person

 

Are you trying to land your dream job or a summer job, and need to build a resume? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes
creating a resume can be an intimidating experience—especially with all of the resume rules out there.

And even though the process may be intimidating, there are a few things to considerable for ensuring that you are a competitive
candidate:

  1.  Have a professional email
  2.  Under employment history, list most recent job first
  3.  Use power words
  4.  List your accomplishments

1) Have a Professional Email – This should not be distracting to the interview process and/or get in the way of getting you employment. Let’s use the email address (gettingmoney2017@yahoo.com) as an example. In a lot of cases we need money to survive and/or sustain our lifestyles, so the employer may understand the importance of getting money, but this email address may not be the best for a job application.

Consider using an email with your first and last name like: (johndoe@gmail.com) or (johndoe1@hotmail.com) or any other variation of a professional email.

2) List Recent Job History First – Employers want to see the most recent job history on your resume. Knowing the tasks and responsibilities of recent/current employment allows for a better assessment of what you would be able to contribute to the company, now.

3) Power Words are great ways to show confidence in your resume, which can set you apart from other candidates. It is also a deliberate way of expressing why you should be hired! Using power words is compelling way to concisely describe who you are and shows some of your capabilities.

Just a little secret: Some times, looking at the job description will reveal the type of language and interests of the employer. Here are a
few for when you start…

  • Trained
  • Built
  • Developed
  • Managed
  • Engaged
  • Increased
  • Advanced
  • Applied
  • Collaborated

Using power words on your resume, says that you are sure of what you have to offer and shows accomplishments.

4) List your Accomplishments – Sometimes it can be easy to forget, or undermine our remarkable work. But if you don’t list your accomplishments, who will? Take a moment and think about every accomplishment you have received at work. List everything from employee of the month to top 5 in sales. Do not sleep on your greatness and/or what you bring to table. Share it!

If you still need help with your resume or the interview process, keep checking into SEEED’s Weekly Voice for tips; but before I go, I want to leave you with a tip I learned from a professor.

While in college, one of my professors used to say, “Google it!” whenever we had to research anything. Keep researching—Google it!

I hope these tips help you. Until next time, keep growing!

Posted in Career Readiness, SEEED's Weekly Voice.