Why do some job-seekers land an interview while others don't? A spot-on resume can make all the difference. Some tips to make your resume shine:
Keep it short.
Limit your resume to one or two pages.
Put the education section first if you’re a recent college grad.
Once you gain experience, academic degrees and honors should be listed toward the end of your resume.
Include your GPA.
Provide your GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Short on job experience? Promote what you’ve got.
Don’t overlook the skills gained from jobs you held just to get through school. You may have also gained valuable experience from:
Foreign-language study and fluency in multiple languages.
Alternative learning experiences, such as international studies or conducting research.
Computer skills and experiences.
Extracurricular activities (only if relevant to your career goals).
Be sure to highlight awards and scholarships or leadership roles at school.
Non-paid experience counts, too.
We’re interested in your skills, even if you were not paid to develop them. Highlight non-paid work and experiences if they provided new skills.
Be selective about pre-college information.
A resume generally should not include experiences before college. Still, if you won a national award or accomplished something else noteworthy during high school – especially if related to your field – consider including it.