As my college career draws to a close, I’ve had the lovely task of creating the perfect resume to score me a job in the PR workforce. And boy, is it work! Luckily, I’ve had the guidance of my wonderful PR professors, career center advisers, and my former-writer dad. I’d like to share some of the tips that helped me craft a clean, descriptive and stand-out resume.
Oust Outdated Objectives
- The days of having an objective on your resume are long gone.
- Objectives give the impression “This is what I want,” when it really should be “This is what I have to give.”
Say Bye-bye to Highschool Highlights
- You were President of the Vegan Club? Captain of the lacrosse team? Good for you, but leave it off your resume.
- Highschool accomplishments are far outdated and don’t highlight your recent or current accomplishments.
Add Some Numbers
- Let’s say you increased participation at a certain event, or beefed up a company’s social media content. Wonderful, but by how much?
- Including statistics and numbers helps show that you can measure your success and analyze your work efficiently.
“Keep it Simple, Stupid”
- Don’t chalk your resume full of bold, dark text.
- Leave a good majority of the page without any text, images, or content.
- The white space makes it look clean and sophisticated.
Edit, Edit, Edit
- Once you think you have the perfect resume, send it to your friend/professor/dad/cousin/advisor/anyone who will lend you their helping eyes.
- It’s important to have several people edit your resume and help you correct things you may have missed.
- Make sure you have absolutely no typos, grammar errors, or design mistakes.
Hopefully these tips will help you craft your best resume possible and score you that big job! I’ll keep you posted on how my resume rescues and job hunt works out!