Essential Resume Elements


Postings for jobs and internships are becoming readily available this time of year and nothing is better than landing that dream job with a great resume!
Forbes.com wrote an article titled, “The 5 Essential Elements Your Resume Needs”, and here’s a summary of what they said:

  1. A loaded front end- meaning that the most important parts of your resume should be near the top of the paper, like your education and professional experience, going from the most recent experiences you have to older ones.
  2. Keywords- by taking those key words from the job description of the position that you want, you can incorporate them into your resume to show employers you have the exact skills that they are looking for.
  3. Space- while your resume should only be a page, there’s a difference between one page full of random text and one page formatted and thoughtfully put together. Hiring managers, or whoever is reading your resume, don’t want to read long paragraphs, so be sure to make your resume look appealing and inviting.
  4. Measurable Success- if you can put specific numbers or figures into your resume, it shows that you were successful and by how much. This gives the employer a little background information of how successful you really were, and how great of a candidate you are for the position.
  5. Flow- the article said, “A resumé tells a story, and that story is about you. Anyone should be able to read your resumé and be able to tell who you are, what you do, what you’ve done, where and when you did it and how well you did it”. This is how you should think of your resume. Make sure to group education in one section, work experience and community engagement in different sections if needed.

To help students with all of this, the CCP offers workshops every semester! Our next workshop is on Wednesday, November 18 at 4:00 PM in the DSU Madison, so if you have any questions at all, make sure to stop by that workshop, or come into the CCP to make an appointment with one of our staff members!

To read the Full Forbes Article go to:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/05/19/the-5-essential-elements-your-resume-needs/2/

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