College and Career

How to Improve Your Resumé

February 22, 2017

 

Finding a job isn’t exactly easy these days, though, a well-done, honest resumé can help.  Below are some tips to help a resumé show employers the shining, capable person that you are.  

 

  1. Make information specific to each job

 

This tidbit goes for cover letters as well. It is crucial to make sure the information on one’s resumé is pertinent to the job being applied for.  For example, if someone was applying to work as a translator, it would be helpful to list the languages they speak.  However, it may not be necessary to list advanced calculus as a skill, unless it is relevant to the position (though in some cases it can be helpful to show a range of abilities).  Additionally, don’t be afraid to include volunteer work, especially if you don’t have much work experience.

 

  1. Use action verbs

 

Action verbs present the opportunity to give the employer more details within the categories listed on the resumé.  One way of doing this could be giving a brief description of one’s responsibilities and actions from a past job under the “Work Experience” section.  Additionally, using verbs that describe past experiences helps employers have a greater sense of one’s past responsibilities and capabilities in general.  In a way, it is more like “showing them” instead of merely “telling them.”

 

  1. Formatting

 

Clean, clear, and concise are helpful words to keep in mind when creating a resumé.  Try to keep a resumé to about one page and don’t overcrowd it.  Bullet points can also be used to aid with the sectioning of the page.  Emboldening certain parts like the “Education” and “References” section titles makes words stand out to the reader as well, but use this sparingly.    

 

  1. Spell check, spell check, spell check

 

Leaving spelling and grammar errors on a resumé can make a candidate look unprofessional.  Some employers, especially those looking through hundreds of resumés, often look for quick ways to weed people out of the running, and these points may be one of them.  

 

  1. Pay attention to file names when e-mailing resumés

 

Some companies have applicants send their resumés electronically.  Thus, they will be seeing a number of files, and it does not help if they are all titled “Resumé.”  Make sure to include a name with “Resumé” or “Cover Letter,”  so the employer can easily find it again.

 

Two extra pieces of advice: If someone you know is an employer, it can also be beneficial to ask them what they look for in employees and what turns them off with resumés. Having someone with experience look over your resumé is also a great idea before giving it to a possible boss.  

 

When looking for work, here are two Bible verses to keep in mind:

 

Philippians 4:19 (ESV) “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

 

Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

 

Have a great week, and please share any resumé tips you have in the comments.  God bless!

 

 


 

joyedwards Joy Edwards – Column: College & Career

Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.

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  1. Sarah

    March 27, 2017 at 3:43 am Reply

    Thank you for these handy tips, Joy! 🙂

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