Setting up a resume is difficult, especially if you do not have much work experience. That does not mean that you can not lean into your unique experiences and put together a compelling document that casts you in the best light. Here are five can’t miss tips to setting up your early career resume correctly.
1. Your Email Matters.
When applying to jobs, you’ll need a simple email address that does not draw attention to itself. A simple email address means preferably one that does not contain your 7th-grade nickname (looking at you Burpemail@example.com) or a current/former employer’s name. It costs nothing but a few minutes to set up a free alias on Gmail that is as close to “firstname.lastname@example.org” as possible.
2. Hobbies Can Be a Huge Asset.
If it feels like your resume is light on job experience, remember that you’re more than just what you get paid to do. Listing hobbies that reflect your admirable traits can tell future employers what sort of person they are about to hire. Be conscious of unfair biases here, as unfortunate as they can be. Listing that you are a marathon runner implies that you are persistent, whereas having that you’re a marathon binge-watcher might make some wonder if you’re unproductive.
3. When it Comes to Skills, Less is More.
Quality over quantity here. The less actual ‘work’ on your resume, the more tempting it is to jam it full of your top 300 skills. Resist! Pick 4-5 aspects about yourself that you are proud of, that other people have complimented you on, and relevant to the jobs you are applying to. List them out with specific examples of times you demonstrated those skills in mind in case you get asked.
4. Share Your Social Accounts.
This one comes with a huge caveat. If your Tik Tok went viral from a video of you stealing candy from a baby, maybe sit this one out. However, if you have a professionally minded social account or are applying for a role that requires social media experience, including them on your resume is a bright idea.
5. Get Unaddressed.
With work moving more and more remote, including your address is often unnecessary and can only hurt your chances. Unless you are located in the same city as the job you are applying for, your address might scare away recruiters before they even get a chance to ask if you are willing to relocate.
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