Will your resume look like a blank slate if you don’t have any job experience yet? It shouldn’t. In this article, we’ll provide you with the best practices on how to prepare your resume if you are about to join the world of work. We also suggest that you screen capture this article or bookmark it to your device or computer so you can easily use it as a reference.
Make your resume look simple and easy to read. Here a few things that we compiled to put on your resume that could help you get that first job:
- Use an A4 size paper, it doesn’t need to be printed on special paper as long as it’s clean, with no smudges.
- Avoid using red, pink, blue, or green colors, only use black ink to keep it professional especially if you want all the important information to stand out.
- Only include all the important information on your resume, no unnecessary details like your minor projects or term papers in school.
- Use readable fonts. Only use one kind of font and make the headers and sub-headers bold.
- Make the layout clean. Don’t give the recruiter a hard time reading your information by using unusual designs. It’s your choice if you want to center everything or if you like you could just right indent your resume as long as it is readable, you are good to go.
- Dates should be easily seen, make it a bit bigger or even bold it out.
- Create a professional LinkedIn account and then include your profile URL in your resume. Other than LinkedIn, make your other social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) as professional looking as possible. Most recruiters and sourcing specialists take time to look at accounts of applicants for due diligence.
- Clearly state what you want to do with your career by stating your Career Objective. You can state what your goal is and share what you aim to accomplish in a simple and short manner. If for example, you want to apply as a layout artist, put this on top of your resume using this format example- “Objective: To join an Organization where I can demonstrate my skills as a Layout Artist and grow as a professional in the field of Industrial Design.“
- Write every notable activity you did at school under Extracurricular Activities. Example- Layout artist for the Official College Newspaper
- Be proud of your academic achievements and share it. You can do this by using a Awards & Achievements sub-header in your Resume. Let’s say for example that you won a design contest while studying your course in Industrial Design, you can indicate it on your resume. (Note: as much as possible, only disclose details that are relevant for the job that you’re applying for.)
- State what you contribute to their company by including a Skills sub-header. Especially if you have communication and technical skills or various knowledge in different emerging industry tools. This can easily grab the Recruiters attention and earn you a spot for an interview schedule.
- Instead of putting in your Character References at the bottom of the page, write – “References Available Upon Request” instead to give save some space for writing. You can eventually give your character references at a later time.
Now that you are done reading the tips on this article, we suggest that you start writing your resume and when you’re done, save a copy and start sending it to companies who would need a fresh employee like you. Most companies need young blood for their roster and you might just be the one they are looking for. Also, don’t forget to register on PhilJobNet to increase your likelihood of getting a job. Good luck.
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