Adulting Basics: The Resume (+ FREE RESUME TEMPLATE)

You know what’s no fun? RESUMES. They were the bane of my existence for a good long chunk of time. But once you crack the “resume code”, let me tell you, it’s smooth sailing from there. My resume has been through its fair share of ups and downs, but I feel like it’s in a really good place at the moment.

I was updating my resume today and thought I’d  share with all you lovely humans a few tips I’ve picked up along the way and the template I’ve crafted over the years.

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1) Keep it simple.

Try and keep it down to one page. You don’t need to throw every detail onto your resume- that typically ends up with a rather messy, busy-looking document. Rule of thumb: if it’s overwhelming to look at, they’re probably not going to read it. Try to be economical with your words.I typically have around three descriptive bullet points for each job in my resume. Use your cover letter to describe your work experiences in more detail.

2) Stick to the basics.

Don’t go crazy with fonts and layout. Keep it pretty traditional. Again, a resume that looks busy at first glance will usually get tossed aside. (Trust me – I speak from experience… I tried to make my resume look “cool” once and I’m pretty sure whoever receieved it immediately threw it in the bin).

3) Be wary of the details.

This is a small thing, but massively important. Go through your resume with a fine tooth comb and get rid of all typos. You’re doing yourself a complete disservice if your resume is 10/10 incredible, but you accidentally use “its” instead of “it’s”.

Also be aware of your punctuation and be consistent. If one of your bullet points ends with a period, they all should. I know- tiny, minute details, but important none-the-less.

4) Hit those keywords.

A lot of companies will start their search for a candidate by seeking particular keywords in resumes. So look at the job description carefully and incorporate the exact words they use into your resume. You’ll typically pop up on their radar a lot quicker.

5) Put the more relevant information first.

Because resume readers often have short attention spans, I’d list things in order of their relevance to the job you’re applying to (for example, if you’re applying for a video editor gig, you should list editing software like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere before you list Microsoft Office). One resume does not fit all, so tailor your resume to the specific job you’re applying to.

 

Bonus tip: May go without saying, but hey! Thought I’d throw it on here. Before sending out your resume, make sure you’ve changed the format from a word doc to a PDF file! (Guess who forgot to do that a bunch way back when?)

 

And without further ado, here’s my template! Resume Template

Hope it’s helpful in some tiny way 🙂

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Do any of you guys have tips for resume writing? Let me know!

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