What is a Resume?
A resume is a carefully written concise summary, containing relevant information on your education, experience, and knowledge areas. First, you will want to choose a template that works for you. At St. Petersburg College, we have Optimal Resume as a tool to help our student’s. In Optimal resume, you will find 100’s of sample resumes as well as templates you can use. Choosing a template helps with the formatting and spacing which is very important when building your resume.
Five Important Tips of Resume Writing
- Take time to reflect. Whether you are tailoring your resume for a new potential job, or program at a college, make sure to be honest with yourself, to get a clear and specific understanding in what you want out of your next professional life. Be sure to express your passion in your resume!
- Write out the basic. Your contact information includes your full name, email address, telephone number, and if applicable your url to your LinkedIn account. Make sure to use your formal name or your shortened first name. Use a phone number that you actually answer and have an appropriate and polite voice mail set up. In addition, be sure that you are checking your voice mails regularly, if you are actively job searching. Lastly, provide a professional email address. An email address like firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do not be generic with your resume. When tailoring your resume to that specific job, make sure to write out your experience and skill based on the job/role description. Your bullet points should be a distinctive measurable accomplishment statement, rather than a copy paste from the job description. A bullet point sample method to follow is the PAR statement. Project + Action = Results.
- Write out your hard/soft skills. Remember to list both the hard skills and the soft skills they are both very important. The hard skills are the teachable abilities or technical skills that are measurable and easy to advertise. Here are some hard skills data analysis, accounting, event planning, and/or graphic design. Then soft skills are more subjective interpersonal skills that can fit into a company’s work culture. Some soft skills are creativity, customer service, communication, problem solving.
- Always remember to proofread! Making sure your resume is clear from grammatical errors, consistent with the format, and accurate on information shows employers that you attentive to details. Always make sure to get a second pair of eyes after you reviewed your resume to be safe.
For more on resume tips make sure to tune in to our upcoming workshop, Wednesday, May 27th. Head to the Career Service Hub in Workplace for the details!
Authors Destinymarie Alicea and Carissa Roldan