How To Write A Résumé

Happy Tuesday, PrettyGirls!

This week involves a quick lesson on how to write a résumé, which can easily seem overwhelming, but absolutely doesn’t have to be! Here’s how to write your first résumé (or how to easily re-write an existing one)

4 (or 5) Essential Sections of Every Résumé:

  1. Contact Info

o    This section should include YOUR NAME, EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER, and ADDRESS in large and easy to see print on the top of your résumé. Your name should be the easiest to see and stand out.

o    If you don’t have a professional (not silly) email address, I suggest getting one from Gmail. While Yahoo, Hotmail, etc also offer free email services, Gmail is the least likely to be sent to someone’s spam folder.

  1. Education

o    Depending on what type of job you’re looking for, this section will more than likely come first. You should state your school, graduation year (or projected graduation year), and your GPA (but only if you have a 3.0 or above).

  1. Experience

o    Do you have any previous jobs? Internships? Job shadowing experience? Those opportunities can be listed here. Be sure to include:

  • The name of the company
  • What you did there (example: intern, cashier, sales associate, desk assistant, etc)
  • How long you were there
  • Your top 5 or so responsibilities

o    If you have no professional experience and you’re writing this résumé to snag your first job, skip this section and write all of your accomplishments thus far in the next section!

  1. Other Achievements/Honors and Selected Highlights/Leadership

o    These honors can include academic honors, awards or special recognition at previous jobs, or anything extracurricular.

o    This is also where you write any leadership opportunities you’ve had. For example, if you were captain of your sports team or president of a school club, list that here and when (example: PeekaBoo PrettyGirl President Aug 2011-May 2012).

o    Finally, list any volunteer work you have done, especially if you regularly worked with a non-profit organization. The more consistency you show, the better!

  1. Skills

o    This is where you write any skills that have not already been implied in earlier sections of your résumé. This can include things like:

  • Graphic design
  • Communication skills/Customer Service
  • Videography/Photography and/or Video/Photo Editing
  • Specific Programs (example: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, etc)

Resume

A Few Final Notes:

  • Spell Check! You won’t get hired anywhere if you can’t even pay attention to detail on your own résumé!
  • Make sure your résumé is NO longer than ONE page. Employers have so many other things to do than read a lengthy résumé . Just include the things that are most important.
  • Make it *pretty* — No seriously, you want it to stand out from the potential hundreds of others you may be competing with. When your future employer glances at your resume, it should stand out from all of the others. However, don’t go overboard. Pretty in this sense means neat and organized and includes lots of white space (for easier reading). Don’t get eccentric.
  • Don’t speak in a passive voice. Résumés should be written in past tense (for things that happened in the past, only switch to present for things you’re currently partaking in) with assertive verbs for things you did. Don’t write something like “helped bag groceries.” Write “assisted customers in packaging purchased goods.”
  • Tell a story. Your résumé should essentially tell a story of you and present you in the most commendable way possible. Your résumé represents you; if it’s boring, you’re boring.

If you want us to critic or edit your resume with you, please send your résumé to raven@peekabooprettygirl.com!

Hope you continue to have a very pretty day!

Raven Jahän Joyner
PeekABoo PrettyGirl, President

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