Resumes that Crush It
I have written tons of resumes for myself and for others and have edited even more resumes than I have written. You could call me a resume nerd. I have also used my resume knowledge to craft specific resumes and used those resumes to get interviews. In this article, I am going to walk you through some of the principles that I used when crafting a killer resume. Let us begin!
Name and Contact Info
Your name and contact information (number, email, mailing address, website, etc.) go at the very top of your resume. I like to make the font size for my name larger than the font size for the rest of the resume so that recruiters notice my name before they notice anything else and hopefully remember it. It is best practice to put your name and contact information at the top of your resume because most recruiters are used to finding that information in that spot. I also like to include a title underneath my name such as “Digital Marketer” or “Social Media Manager” to help myself stand out a bit more. Present your name and contact information however you but just make sure it goes at the top of your resume.
I like to break up the main content of my resume into four parts: Objective, Skills, Experience, and Education. You can also include volunteer experience if you have had extensive volunteer experience or if it is relevant to the position you are applying for. Below we are going to go over the four areas of main content that make up a killer resume.
There are three types of statements that one can choose from when crafting a resume: objective, summary, or profile. I like to use an objective statement because I think it shows drive and it speaks to the employer’s interest more than the other two statements do. Here is an example of an objective statement that I crafted for a marketing job I was applying for: “My objective is to assist a marketing firm with reaching its organizational and business objectives. I do this by utilizing my exceptional relationship-building skills, strategic-thinking skills, and leadership skills. At the end of the day, my career is not about me. It is about those that I impact and serve. Wherever I find myself, I want to leave an impact on and serve those around me.” What you want to do with your objective statement is highlight your greatest skills and explain how you will leverage those skills to reach organizational goals or solve an employer’s problem. Keep your objective statement employer-centric.
I like to list 8-10 skills that I hold that are relative to the position. You can find which skills to highlight by scanning the job description/posting and taking note of keywords or phrases. You can also find necessary skills in the “responsibilities” section of a job posting. I like to do a 50/50 split of hard and soft skills. For example, some of my hard skills are web design, social media marketing, and SEO. While some of my soft skills are conflict resolution, critical-thinking, and written and oral communication. Employers like seeing a potential employee with skills because it shows them that a potential employee has done more than just work at various jobs. The potential employee has proactively developed themselves and their career.
The experience section is most people’s largest section on their resume. It can also be the most boring section. It does not have to be, however. Many people simply list the responsibilities of their previous job, but this approach does not show employers your true value. What you want to do, instead of listing your previous responsibilities, is focus on the tangible impact that you had in that position. For example,
"Increased company Facebook page likes from 290 to 1,200 over a three-month period”
is much more tangible and impressive than
“Managed company Facebook page and ran various social media campaigns.”
I like to apply the S.M.A.R.T. goals approach to my job experiences whenever I can. Be as specific and focused on metrics as you can when highlighting your previous work experience.
The education section of your resume is pretty straightforward. List what type of degree you have or are pursuing (bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, etc.) as well as your major and, if applicable, your minor. Also list the years attended, the name of the university, and the location of the university for easy referencing. I also like to include any noteworthy organizations that I am apart of (for example, Enactus) and any honors/awards that I have received. Listing these will also demonstrate your drive beyond what is typically required.
As for references and volunteer experience, feel free to add them if you think they apply to the position. You can follow the same format for volunteer experience as you did when you crafted your work experience section. I also typically do not list references on my resume because this is an outdated practice and if an employer wants references, they will ask for them. However, you can still list them if you think it would be beneficial.
Those are some of my best resume tips! Below is an image of one of my resumes, if you would like a visual representation of what a killer resume looks like. Some other good resources are resumegenius.com or canva.com’s resume section. Happy job hunting and if you need help fine-tuning your resume, feel free to reach out to one of our skilled Enactus students!
Tyler Hanna, NCU Enactus President and Entrepreneurship + Marketing major. If I have headphones on, there's a good chance I'm listening to the Notorious B.I.G.