I’ve been lazy. Winter months took over, depression from the weather began to sink in. I avoided writing. Moody and feeling useless. But to get out of my rut, I’m back. A huge thank you to Kaitlyn Cole from careeroverview.com for this mention and to Will Hsu (if you want to hire a great new grad, he’s your guy – contact me for info) for giving me the big kick in the pants I needed to post.
I conducted some interviews today and my goal was to understand their skills, their accomplishments, and how they got to where they are. I’m always impressed with the interesting things that people have done in their lives.
Which got me thinking about resumes again. Really. How do you pique the interest of the company you want? Assuming that the interviewer is going to ask you probing questions anyway, how will you draw them in?
My sister asked me for my opinion on a resume that she found that was organized by skills. Under… say, the “Analytical” section, there was a block of text so dense that my eyes started to water. It got me back to thinking about that 10-second review.
It sounds so non-progressive, but I was taught to write old-fashioned resumes where it listed sections on Education, Work Experience, Awards, and Extracurriculars with a few bullets under each section. I actually have a really hard time breaking this format and reading resumes that are not organized this way. I can’t find anything I need. I don’t know where they learned the skill or if it’s a recent or past experience. I’m just confused. You don’t want to confuse a recruiter or interviewer when they look at your resume, right?
So I gave a sample resume before, but I really just want to drive home that the formatting is often overlooked but super important. Here is the structure I used on my own resume. Thanks to all the career advisors that helped along the way!
NOTE: This probably is only really helpful for new and recent grads. Experienced resumes (for general business roles), shouldn’t be much different. Engineering and Science resumes are not my area of expertise, guys! Sorry… the skills resume format might work for those roles, but I couldn’t tell you.
Contact phone, email
State your objective here
Bachelors of Awesomeness, Field of study, MM/YY (date received)
Academic awards or distinctions or anything else you want to call out.
Most recent company 1, City, State
Job Title , MM/YY – present
- Biggest achievement (show results with numbers where ever possible)
- Second biggest achievement
- Daily duties that are remarkable or worth calling out
Previous company 1, City, State
Job Title, MM/YY – MM/YY
- repeat above
Previous internship company 1, City, State
Job Title, MM/YY – MM-YY
- Just 1 bullet or no more bullets because I’ve been working so long. Depends on how much more you have to put (and length of the resume)
- I think I had like one a long time ago. So I listed it here with the date MM/YY. You can also list it below and just re-title Extracurriculars to Extracurriculars and Awards (always lead with awards).
- Org name, Member of the org. that I’m in #1, Date received or MM/YY – MM-YY
- (you can skip the section above and also put them here) Awards for talent, merit, academics, or general awesomeness, MM/YY received
- Volunteering, MM/YY
HOBBIES: blogging, dancing, yoga, general awesomeness
If you guys spent just 10 seconds reviewing a resume in this resume format, would you be able to quickly grasp my accomplishments in one page? Just a side note: I couldn’t move my dates to the right side of the page, but I’d have them aligned there in the experience section.
Draw in these companies in with a shiny object (like results or productivity) and then let them ask you about the rest in your interview. You can do it!
P.S. My company is hiring. In case you guys didn’t see the memo!