What to write about in a resume

What to write about in a resume

What to write about in a resume

Like it or not, job hunting is something that almost everyone at one time or another will have to go through.  Throughout college you join extracurricular activities, slave away at unpaid internships and work as many part time jobs as you can all in the name of beefing up your resume.

So, when the time comes to send that piece of paper out to the job you really want, what exactly should you include? What should you leave out? It’s a tricky question with no exact solution.

“Tailor your resume for the position you are applying for,” said Lauren Berger, CEO of Intern Queen Blog as well as author of, All Work, No Pay.  “Focus on really explaining what you did at each company and why it benefitted the company – avoid making too many “lists.”

 

Here’s a quick list of some things to help you determine what to write about in a resume:

  1. Keep it concise. Most employers aren’t interested in looking at a resume that’s five pages long.  Try to keep it to one page, top to bottom.
  2. Experience, experience, experience. This depends on the type of job you’re applying for, of course, but emphasizing relevant experience is key. Listing these first will make you stand out as an applicant and give you a head start in the pile of resumes they’re about to read.
  3. Use a professional email.  If you haven’t done so already many career centers suggest you create a professional email separate from a university address or ones you’ve had since your teenage years. Try to stay away from addresses such as hotchick@gmail.com or catluvr@hotmail.com. They don’t look so good to an employer.
  4. Include all contact information. Make sure on the top of your resume you list a variety of different contact methods. Paper address, email address, cell phone, home phone, list them all! Don’t make an employer struggle to get a hold of you.
  5. References. I’ve heard recommendations both ways, but listing references on a resume makes it easier on an employer. If you have your recommended three references already on your resume, they are just a phone call away. Writing ‘references available on request’, or something like it, makes it that much harder for them to review you as an applicant. Just make sure you ask your references if you can use them before they get a phone call from an employer.

 

These tips vary depending on who you talk to, so this is just a basic guide.  If anyone has more tips on what to write about in a resume or if you’re a professional in career services feel free to leave a comment with insight!