A Glassdoor article says that the average recruiter or hiring manager spends 6 seconds reading a resume. Yikes. That doesn't seem like a lot of time to make a sparkling impression on that company you've been eyeing. We at Social Sunday know that these days, it can be a daunting task to stand out from the crowd. Don't freak out yet–it's not as difficult as you might think to whip your resume into shape. Read on for our biggest dos and don'ts when it comes to applying for your dream job.
DO place unpaid work under relevant work experience. Some think that unpaid internships/volunteer work don't count as work experience, but this is a myth. Even though you're not earning money, you're still earning critical skills and experience that are going to get you where you need to go. Employers will see that you've been involved and it will make a difference; even extracurriculars from college make you look good!
DO read the responsibilities and expectations of each job you're applying for, and tweak your resume if need be. Resumes aren't always one-size-fits-all, so if you need to change some things around and highlight a project specifically for one job, do it. That's the beauty of all of this: you can make as many resumes as you want and no one will ever know the difference! You have so much freedom to customize, especially for the jobs you really really want.
DO brag about how great you are. We know it feels awkward sometimes, especially as women, to talk about how intelligent and successful we are...but this is what resumes are for! It's all about building yourself up and letting employers know that you are capable. List that campaign you spearheaded (look at us, using power words) all by yourself, add to your skill section if there's more to be included, and let everyone know that, yes, you managed that project from start to finish and it turned out to be a damn good one.
DO let your personality shine through. You know the quote "No one else is you, and that is your power"? That applies here! It can feel mundane making a resume, but it doesn't have to be. Use fun power words instead of boring ones: "brainstormed" instead of "made", "fashioned" instead of "created"; you get the picture. Don't let the confines of the standard resume hold you back. Want to list your different social media accounts? Do it! Want to list your interesting hobbies that you do outside of work? Do it! Customize your resume and make it all your own, which goes hand-in-hand with the next tip...
DON'T be afraid to go bold. We can't stress this enough: MAKE IT STAND OUT! GO BOLD! A black and white resume works just fine, but colors can help you get noticed. Canva.com is a one-stop shop for all things design, with customizable layouts, graphics, and fonts; it'll make your resume look professionally done (no joke, check out the site and see for yourself).
DON'T let it be longer than two pages. Usually, a one-page resume is the way to go, but if you simply have too much to put down then two pages are fine! You have so much to share with the world, get it girl! But seriously, NEVER EVER EVER go over two pages. At that point, you've lost the interest of the hiring manager and she/he is already onto the next candidate–know when enough is enough and stop yourself from putting too much information down.
DON'T have your email from the 6th grade on it. I know you've heard it a million and one times, but having firstname.lastname@example.org on a resume will not earn you any brownie points. Some people STILL don't get the message! It looks unprofessional, period. The most convenient option to pick is a combination of your first and last name, or even your first and middle name, that way you won't forget it and people will know your name from the get-go.
DON'T let rejection get you down. Your resume can be well-made and organized and basically flawless, and sometimes it still doesn't make the cut. Breathe! It happens to all of us. It certainly is a let-down, but that's when you dust yourself off and keep going. Rejection hurts, we know, but it's only a temporary stumbling block.
Remember: be confident in your abilities, don't sell yourself short, and, as always, go out and kick ass. You've got this, girl.
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