Rise to the Top: Revise Your Resume This Spring

Image courtesy of Nguyen Vu Hung's photostream

Image courtesy of Nguyen Vu Hung’s photostream

It’s that time of year again: Birds are chirping, flowers are blossoming… and college students are job searching. Whether they want to admit it or not, the spring and early summer months are the prime times for students to start applying for the jobs of their dreams… or maybe, just solid jobs that are somewhat in their fields and pay the bills.

To get these young minds (or really anyone who is young at heart and wants a fresh start) prepared to apply for new jobs, my friend Jason Pindzia previously shared resume advice that gives an idea of what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for when applications come across their desks. Mindflash Technologies, an employee and customer training company, also put together an infographic that gives great advice on how to make your resume stand out among the rest. These useful tips include:

  1. Mention not only your name, address, email and phone number in the header, but your Twitter handle and website as well (if you have them).
    Have an objective – but don’t necessarily name it that. Outline your goals in a way that is short, sweet and to the point.
  2. Utilize words that describe your capabilities, yet aren’t what you’d typically see on a resume. For example, Mindflash recommends saying ‘Accolades’ rather than ‘Awards.’
  3. Don’t include a lot of fluff and eliminate unnecessary words.
  4. Always – no matter how much of a perfectionist you are – proofread and have others review your resume as well. An extra set of eyes on one of the most important documents you’ll ever create will not hurt you.

You can review Mindflash’s other resume recommendations in the infographic below:

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Kate McCall
Kate McCall joined Proforma in 2009. After three summers of interning, Kate found a permanent spot on the Marketing Team as a go-to resource for writing projects, sales program coordination and her knowledge on marketing programs and strategies. Kate graduated with a degree in Communication & Theatre Arts from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH, and has received her M.A. in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology from Cleveland State University. Outside of work, Kate enjoys reading, rooting for the University of Notre Dame football team, and spending time with her extremely Irish family.

AboutKate McCall

Kate McCall joined Proforma in 2009. After three summers of interning, Kate found a permanent spot on the Marketing Team as a go-to resource for writing projects, sales program coordination and her knowledge on marketing programs and strategies. Kate graduated with a degree in Communication & Theatre Arts from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH, and has received her M.A. in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology from Cleveland State University. Outside of work, Kate enjoys reading, rooting for the University of Notre Dame football team, and spending time with her extremely Irish family.

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