Write an Impressive First Resume

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Writing your very first resume doesn’t need to be a struggle. It’s easy to stress about resume margins or how to format your header. Luckily, writing an impressive resume involves easy-to-follow advice.

Courtney Young-Law, resume expert and CEO of Fundamentum, goes through every single step of resume-writing. Your resume should be flawless (no pressure). We’re here to help. Below, we walk you though resume best practices for recent grads.

Resume Format

Remember: No fancy fonts!

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Writing Personal Information on Your Resume

A neatly-formatted is all it takes to let employers know who you are, and where to contact you.

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Personal Summary

Don’t make your personal summary long-winded. Employers scan your resume, so “easy-to-read” is your new motto.

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How to List and Write Work Experience

Never list your experience based on your most relevant positions. List experience chronologically, always.

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Education and Personal Information are Not Priorities

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Finished? Here’s a simple checklist to make sure you’ve covered all your bases:

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Bonus Resume-Writing Tips

Gaps in employment can be handled a few ways:

  • If you volunteered, that is great experience. Describe what you did and how you added value. Add it to your resume.
  • If you took time off to travel, you could describe what you learned.
  • If you did an independent project while unemployed, add that to your resume.

Career Changers

When changing careers, your resume needs to tell the story of where you want to be, not where you’ve been.

  • Use keywords that will cross over to your new career choice. Hint: these keywords can usually be found in job descriptions.
  • Play up skills that are transferable like organizing, communication, managing, etc.

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