Tips and tricks for the most eye-catching resume

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An eye-catching résumé is a necessity for soon-to-be grads. Photo credit: Sara Habbas

by Sara Habbas


Only a little over two months is left until December commencement and while it’s arguably the most bittersweet moment, it’s time to get down to business—creating a brand for yourself
on paper, aka a solid resume.

Here are a few words of advice to make sure your resume is the one getting picked:

Believe it or not, resumes do get read, just maybe not the first time around. The important part is making sure the most relevant information is on your resume so that an employer will select you for their ‘yes’ pile. Then there will be a higher chance of your resume getting fully viewed later. During this process, employers look at things like key skills and experience that jump off the page.

The Yellow Brick Path is a career-management coaching and consulting agency that offers solid resume help. Paula Asinof and Mina Brown with this agency have guidelines for students to follow when formatting their resume. These guidelines are part of an excerpt from their book Be Smart: Sail Past the Hazards of Conventional Career Advice

1. Use a standard font in an easily readable point size.
2. Make your name big enough to be picked out of a stack of papers.
3. Leave 1-inch margins all the way around.
4. No spelling mistakes.

Just like the format of your resume, the information that you choose to put on paper is equally as important. Asinof and Brown offer some advice:

1. Credential yourself: list your GPA, major, school, honors, internships, etc.
2. List relevant courses.
3. List organizations or club you were a part of and active in.

It’s always important to have more than one set of eyes glance over your resume. The Hegi Family Career Development Center can be used as a resource for any questions you have about your resume.

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