The two Most Important Aspects that have to be taken into consideration when preparing your resume are:
Content appeal refers to what the resume says. This includes basic information about you as well as what you have done.
For many students their education is a critical component of their marketability. We recommend it as the next major item on your resume.
Work experience, paid or volunteer, comes next. All experience is important. Do not discount any experience that you have had.
These categories show both the development of transferable skills and knowledge abilities. Many companies are especially interested in finding out about your extracurricular activities because they show skill development. Make sure you talk about them in interviews!"Other" categories that you may want to consider having in your resume may include:
If your experience in a particular category is substantial, you may want to format that section as you would the Experience Section, with a description of what you did. Otherwise, a listing is usually sufficient. NOTE: Recruiters view extracurricular activities as important indicators and evidence of your skill development. Get involved in these activities and add them to your resume.
It is important that your resume looks professional in every way - format, printing and paper.
There are four types of resumes. Click here to view the four types and see which one is right for you.
Paragraph Style or Bullet Style?
Format is really your preference. The most effective format is the one that best highlights why you are qualified for the particular job at hand. Here are the pros and cons of each style:
Pro: You can put more information on a page.
Con: It is more difficult for the reader to identify individual tasks and accomplishments.
Pro: Allows you to show individual items better, point by point.
Con: You lose space since each bullet starts on a new line.
NOTE: You don't have to use one or the other, a combination of the two can be very effective, but be sure you carefully construct it to prevent a cluttered look.
Computer word processed resumes are the norm. Laser printed resumes are the norm. The combination of a good word processing package and a laser printer can result in an excellent looking resume that is easy to produce and revise, yet reasonable in cost. NOTE: Always use laser printers for your final, good copy for copying onto resume quality paper.
Select quality paper for your resume copies. Choose paper that is heavier than laser paper. Get advise from your printing company. White, off-white, or light gray are the standard paper colors. Avoid using paper with any pictures or distinct watermark images. Get matching stationary for cover letters and matching envelopes.
NOTE: Your resume should always be in the process of development. Make changes as your experiences develop and as you target specific positions.