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!

Channeling Your Inner #GirlBoss

I’ve been at my job now for almost three months. It’s my first real job out of college, so I’ve been making some spectacular screw ups and learning some major life lessons.

As a young woman in a traditional office environment, I’ve had to do some speedy growing up. And over the past few weeks, I’ve learned some things that I thought I’d share with all you lovely people.

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  1. Don’t be afraid of taking up space

You were hired because your employers want you to contribute to the conversation. Don’t be shy to take up space, even as a newbie! Now, that doesn’t mean rattling off B.S. But ask questions and throw some ideas out there. You are the complete equal of everyone else at that table.

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2. If someone does something or says something that makes you uncomfortable, speak up.

To be honest, this is one tip that I personally need to work on. It’s tough, particularly when you’re like me and loathe any form of confrontation. But an office environment can turn sour real fast when transgressions or inappropriate comments are made and no one addresses it. Speak up. Even if it terrifies you. Change starts there. In your actions. Do it for the person next to you. For all the employees to come. No one benefits from silence.

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  1. Keep it organized

When you enter a space where you haven’t completely found your footing and there’s a lot being asked of you, things can get crazy quickly. So my advice to everyone: write it down. Get a notepad and write everything down- from the terms you learn to every single task you are assigned. That way nothing falls through the cracks. I got myself a little moleskin and it has been a godsend. And let’s be honest, any excuse to buy a new notebook is always welcome. #StationaryLoversUnite

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  1. Socialize a little.

I’m not saying shmooz around the office all day, but it can be good to have brief conversations with people that aren’t focused on work. When you develop your relationships with coworkers, things become a little less intimidating and generally more fun.

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  1. Come eager to learn

There is literally nothing worse than someone who comes to work completely apathetic. Show your colleagues that you’re genuinely interested and engaged. Or, at least feign that you’re interested and engaged. 😛 Ask questions on questions on questions. The more you ask the faster you’ll figure things out. (Pro tip: coffee makes this easier)

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  1. Know your worth

Don’t let people trample over you. Just because you’re the new hire, doesn’t mean people can take advantage of you. If your job description doesn’t involve copying other people’s stuff and getting them coffee, then don’t do it. You deserve absolute respect from all your colleagues. Own your value.

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  1. Give yourself time

If you’re anything like me, I hate not knowing what I’m doing and depending on others for directives. But that’s part of having a new job- complete and utter cluelessness. Rule of thumb for most jobs is to give yourself 6-months to get yourself up to speed. So know that the confusion you feel is temporary and you’ll become that indepedent #girlboss soon enough.

Do you guys have any tips for a young woman in the workplace? Let me know!

The Post-Grad Rut // Tips and Tricks to Staying Sane

Hi my loves! Long time no talk. Let’s talk about post grad life, yeah? Entering the real world with no plan and limited work experience is tough. I assumed my diploma would automatically make me qualified for work. Turns out, it doesn’t. I also thought finding work aligned with my interests would be reasonably easy. Well, it wasn’t.

I learned pretty quickly that constant rejection sucks. Like – sucks. It eats away at you from the inside out and disfigures all perceptions of your self worth.

Why are my friends getting hired and not me? Am I not hirable? What am I doing wrong? What do I want to do with my life?

These questions danced around my head for weeks on end. And combined with the incessant rejection emails (or more often than not, receiving no responses whatsoever – honestly, that sucked more) and no daily structure, I fell into a weird depression. Most of my days were spent in bed, eating cereal and either watching Netflix or looking for jobs and writing cover letters.

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So for all my people who are feeling similarly right now, know that you are not alone. You are smart. You are hirable. You are capable. And this strange period of time in no-man’s land will pass.

But until it does, here are a few tips that, looking back, I wish I had known:

1. Find some structure, somehow. 

I mean this in two ways:

  • Develop a daily routine. It’s so easy to stay in bed all day and look at a computer (trust me- I’ve done it). But it can start to feel sickening very quickly. My suggestion: Wake up early. Set your alarm for 8:30 and don’t snooze. Have a healthy breakfast. Go for a walk. Schedule some time in the morning to work on job-hunting nonsense, and a few hours in the afternoon to work on things that make you happy! Make this day productive – whether that means taking an all-involved self-care day, or submitting an application (both are equally important – don’t skimp on self-care, my loves!).
  • Schedule out your week so that you know when you want to look for jobs and apply for positions. Make reasonable deadlines. Stay organized. Make a… dare I say it?… spreadsheet. Keeping on top of due dates and making small goals will make things feel a bit more manageable and much less overwhelming.

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2. Be gentle with yourself.

I got to a point where thinking about job applications made me so anxious that I would procrastinate and avoid the thought of work entirely. I then internalized my lack of progress as an inherent laziness and beat myself up about it. If anyone is in that same boat, know that it’s okay. It’s okay to give yourself some distance from applications if that’s what you need. It’s a difficult time. So be gentle with yourself. If the thought of looking for jobs is stressing you out, maybe take today off and enjoy some self-care.

 

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3. Find a project that brings you joy.

The great thing about being stuck between college and the working world is that you have tons of free time on your hands. So choose a skill you’ve been wanting to learn and get cracking! Start painting! Start a blog! Learn how to speak Italian! Do something that makes you happy and brings you some sense of fulfillment. Your life isn’t just about finding that job. So take this time to develop yourself.

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4. Look for community.

If you’re like me, I was stuck back at home after college with no friends nearby. So I recommend looking for community elsewhere. Join a choir. Find a book club. Show up for political events and join a local activist group. Volunteer at an organization. Being surrounded by people, particularly those who share common interests with you and push you to grow, is so important.

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5. Repeat after me: I am doing this right.

I am doing this right. I am doing this right. Get those words into your head and let them resonate through your body. Because you are doing this right. It may feel like you have no clue what you’re doing and the end is nowhere in sight, but a job offer will come. Trust yourself.

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Hopefully some of these tips might help a few of you! And to all you wonderful humans out there in no-man’s land: You are strong and intelligent. You will find a job. And trust me, you are doing it right.