Having a Good Resume Can Help.
So let’s say you’ve applied for a great summer job. You know for a fact that you’re at least as qualified as any other applicant, but you didn’t even get an interview. If you didn’t give the prospective employer a resume, your application was probably consigned to the round file from the get-go.
That’s because these days, with so much competition for even a part-time job, employers expect more from job-seekers than a hastily-filled-out standard job application form.
This goes double if you’re applying for a great internship.
A resume does more than just show your job history; it gives your application a more professional feel. Along with a good cover letter, a resume can show hiring managers that you’re ready to take on – and hold your own in — your area of interest.
Need to create a resume, or revise the one you have? Here are 5 easy tips to help take your resume from good to great:
1. Ask your mother. No other person in the world will remember that you once won an award in Boy Scouts (which actually is a good thing to put on your resume) or that 2008 was the year you got nominated for a leadership conference.
2. Toot your own horn. For example, if you worked at Famous Footwear for two years, that’s great to put on your resume. But if you worked at Famous Footwear for two years and got promoted from Sales Associate to Assistant Manager, that’s even better. Showing that you moved up the ladder is tangible evidence of your ambition, your work ethic, and your leadership skills.
3. If applicable, make your resume creative. If you’re applying for a banking or business internship, you probably want to have a pretty traditional resume. But if you’re applying for an internship with artistic leanings, make your resume creative. I don’t mean use colored font or crazy paper. Simple colors, like putting a light green or blue border around your resume or using a combination of grey or black ink, could make your resume stand out.
4. Get second opinions on your cover letter. A cover letter is a sales tool – an explanation of why you would be the best person for the internship. After you write it, have a close friend read it. Then have a teacher or your current boss read it. Having two completely different people read and offer input on your cover letter can help ensure that your letter will “speak” to a wide variety of potential employers.
5. Tailor your resume to the job. Every internship is different. So why make your resume the same for every position you apply for? Know what’s important to each prospective employer. Have a leadership experience section in your resume? Awesome! But if you’re applying for a fashion illustration internship, delete that, and instead include a section on where and when your artwork has been featured.
Create a good resume – one that’s detailed, honest, and relevant – and you may find you’ll be less nervous applying for internships and more excited about your future!
By Guest Blogger Mia Mishek I UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH: Self-described curly-haired, potato-chip-loving day dreamer from Minnesota. But when it comes to social media this girl has some serious chops.