The Best Resume Tips: How to build your resume
The Best Resume Tips featured by popular Indianapolis life and style blogger, Trendy in Indy
The Best Resume Tips featured by popular Indianapolis life and style blogger, Trendy in Indy
The Best Resume Tips featured by popular Indianapolis life and style blogger, Trendy in Indy
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This outfit is from BCBG at The Fashion Mall at Keystone. Shop details below.

Welcome to Trendy Career Week! I am so excited to launch all of my content I have planned this week. I think you guys will find these helpful because finding a career is something we all face at some point. For today's post, we are starting with the first step to finding a job and that's building your resume.

From the time you walk on to your college campus, the phrase "resume builder" is tossed around almost daily. What does that mean anyway and how do I build my resume? These were questions I was asking myself in August 2011 at Butler. 

Building your resume means two things. The act of involving yourself in activities, volunteering, and finding a part time job are all things that you should be doing to have items to add to your resume. For this, I would encourage you to do as much as possible that will help further your career. For example, if your major is Public Relations, your weekly dog-walking gig probably isn't going to help you move forward in your field unless you're creating an Instagram account aimed at raising awareness about why dogs should be walked for 30 minutes a day with a trending hashtag. Instead, find an internship or part-time job in your field of interest to get your foot in the door somewhere. 

The second part of this is the actual putting together of your resume. Truthfully, I think almost every hiring professional has an opinion on what a resume should look like so I'm going to share the basic tips with you guys and give you an opportunity to download my resume too so you can see what I'm talking about in this post. The notes below are actually from a club I was a part of at Butler. We had a hiring professional come speak to our group about resumes and this is what I learned:

Basic Resume Tips

  • Be specific to job/internship you are applying for. You may need to tailor your resume based on the specific position you want. 
  • One page only, margins no smaller than .75. The exception here is that references can and should be a separate page.
  • Times New Roman or Arial; size 11 or 12 (16 for your name), no smaller than 10.
  • Avoid italics, underlines, boxes, vertical lines
  • PROOFREAD! It would be horribly embarrassing to have a typo on your resume.

Resume Formatting

  • Heading
    • Name, email, address, phone #, LinkedIn, personal profile/website (if applicable)
  • Objective
    • Optional field, tailor it for each position- be specific, state what you can provide to employer; not what they can provide you, set yourself apart from competition
  • Experience
    • Include 2 sections, first one being specific to your field
    • Most recent/relevant first
    • Title first, then name of company and city
    • Using bullet points
    • Use action verbs- implemented, maintained, trained. Past tense if position has ended, present tense for current position
      • Focus on accomplishments, or the “how” and “why”
    • Match relevant skills
    • Quantify when possible
      • Use numbers- very descriptive
    • Be specific- the more specific, the better
      • Keep it to no more than two lines
  • Education
    • Highlight your degree first and then university
    • May include coursework, honors, and study abroad (bullet point of experience while abroad)
    • Needs to be relevant to your position
  • Leadership and community service
    • Combine leadership positions and volunteer activities into one section
      • One bullet point per experience, if space allows
    • Remember: these can be professional
    • Order by relevance and importance
  • Skills
    • Optional section
    • Stick to technical skills, not interests
    • Personality attributes belong in objective (things like hard worker, organized)
    • Examples of skills: Microsoft word, excel, photoshop, powerpoint, fluent in Spanish
    • References:
      • Separate page
      • At least 3 with names, titles, and contact info

Overwhelmed yet? Yeah I was too. Even last fall when I was job searching, I visited Butler's Internship and Career Services Center to help me reformat my resume and refocus its contents. 

I will say that if you are a creative and searching for something in graphic design or the arts, your resume should reflect this. I have two resumes, One that is plain and simple in Word and one that I created in InDesign that has some graphic elements to it (although this one needs a bit of updating). 

If you're interested, I'm giving you the opportunity to download both of my resumes so you have an example to reference with the notes above. Just enter your email below and it will be sent straight to your inbox. 

If you're building your resume or just reformatting as your looking for a new career, remember that employers are always looking for something that makes you standout from other candidates. That's why your experience is so critical.

Cheers to the kickoff of Trendy Career Week,


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