The biggest difficulty of a resume? making it worth reading.
As a young professional, many people often reach out to me asking for ways to make themselves noticeable in the job search. Oftentimes, it takes knowing someone to land that perfect position you've got your eye on.
However, that is not to say that there aren't ways to make yourself a more appealing candidate- because there definitely are. Below, I will list some of the top tips I give to young professionals when refining your resume.
1. Don't skip The Basics
It's simple, but sometimes can be overlooked. Make sure you have your contact information (e-mail and phone), as well as a mailing address and your name located at the very top of your resume. If it isn't front and center, you've already done something wrong.
2. start with your education
Don't overlook your basic credentials. Many employers are still searching for basics like high school diplomas and college degrees on resumes. Whether or not that actually matters? That's an entirely different subject for another time. As for now, include your University, the degree you earned, and if you got a GPA over 3.5 list that as well.
3. Don't include irrelevant things
Many young professionals don't think like recruiters and it''s what ends up getting you left in the dust. Make absolutely sure you don't have anything weirdly off-key. If you were a babysitter from ages 15-19, that is great. But, if you're looking for a sales company to hire you, get the babysitting gigs off your resume as "experience", it's irrelevant.
4. Date everything.
This means almost everything. Date the year you graduated from your university, the years you spent at previous positions. Include this for your recruiters context.
5. Use correct sizing
Bold header categories like, "Education, Experience, Volunteer Work, Key Attributes", as well as making them 2 points larger in font than the sub- information, such as descriptions for your education or experience.
If you want to be noticed in a professional job search, don't try and do it by making your resume bright pink or green font. Don't even think about using a quirky font like comic sans. Stick to classy and standard, easy to read fonts such as Times New Roman.
7. Stick to the three year rule
As a young professional, people won't expect your resume to be completely full of experiences. You are still young. That being said, try sticking to the three year rule. If it hasn't happened within the last three years of your life, it probably doesn't make sense to include on your resume. President of a club in high school? Great. But don't include that.
8. Include key attributes
Make sure to bring your resume and yourself to light by showing who you are through a list of your key characteristics or attributes. Some of the most valuable and basics are:
strong communication skills, time management, consistent sales performer, etc
9. Include data/ numbers
If you have data to prove that you are a strong leader in your industry, include that. Don't be afraid to attach something like your sales data through graphs directly on your resume.
10. have someone check your resume
Being young means you still probably have a lot to learn. It doesn't have to be troubling as long as you reach out for the resources you have around you to prepare you for your new career. Have someone look over your resume and offer you advice on how to make yourself an even stronger candidate.