more detail, please check Laura Brown’s annotated resume!!
A couple of over-arching points:
1. Readers know that you’re presenting your
So don’t feel that you need
to include a complete chronology or every detail as you might with an application.
every single piece of information on your resume needs to be true.
40% of people misrepresent themselves on their resumes which is why US
companies spend about $2 BILLION / year on fact-
checking. It’s rarely
recover your credibility if you’re caught embellishing the truth.
2. Unlike a cover letter, which generally needs to be written “fresh” for each
position you apply for, you can usually have just one or two resumes that target
specific types of jobs.
For example, I have one resume for academic positions and
one for corporate/consulting positions.
But keep them updated
work history will change. And so should your references and activities.
(and maybe even now) yo
u’ll put Experience before Education.
Visual appeal and attention to detail matter here like they rarely will elsewhere.
One page or two?
Ahhh, that pesky decision.
For career fairs, it makes sense to
go in with a one-pager, but even then, the decision is situation-dependent.
course, most readers say they prefer a one-pager
they’re busy people and there
can be 100s of documents to sift through.
But, if you go back and check on who got
the interview, it’s likely to be someone with a two
-pager, even without including
They simply have stronger, more competitive qualifications.
5. How far back should you go? What if activities and jobs aren’t career
Again, think strategically and work with what you have, knowing it
’ll change. If
you’re a junior in college and have only been a lifeguard or a camp counselor or a
clerk at Food Lion or XXI, so be it. It’s better to put that, knowing that you need to
emphasize accomplishments, than to have nothing at all.
ANY job that you had as a
teen-ager or in part-
time work during college shows that you’re dependable, can
manage your time, can work well as a team member, etc.
Ditto for high school
honors and activities
they need to be significant though, like valedictorian, or an
all-state athlete, or a club president.
But again, something is better than nothing
That said, you won’t be able to use these kinds of jobs and activities much longer.
Find something now, in college, to get involved with