Missed the chance to get your résumé reviewed last week during Career Readiness Week? No need to worry! We teamed up with Director of Career Counseling Troy Hopkins from Bauer’s Rockwell Career Center to bring you 5 essential tips on how to get your résumé noticed at this Friday’s Bauer Career Fair (noon to 4 p.m. at the Hilton University of Houston).
1. Make Your Contact Info Noticeable
Your contact information is how employers will reach out to you, so you’ll want to make sure they can easily find it at the header of your résumé. It’s important to list your full name, email address and phone number (though you don’t need to specify if it’s a home or cell phone). Listing your city and zip code is acceptable, but avoid sharing your full address for safety reasons. Also make sure to keep your email address professional. Avoid anything racy or controversial — sticking to your first and last name is always the safest bet!
2. Keep Your Objective Simple
If you choose to include an objective on your résumé, make sure to keep it short and to the point. “Seeking internship in accounting for the summer of 2016” is appropriate. Overly elaborating and making it too personal is not. If you’re an MBA student, it’s okay to include a summary section — but make sure to focus on your experience in the field you’re pursuing and avoid past, unrelated experience.
3. Use Relevant Action Verbs
Stand out to employers by using relevant action verbs that relate to your future job field. This will help prospective employers get a sense of your past experience and soft skills. Check out this awesome list of action verbs from the Rockwell Career Center to get you started.
4. List Only “Hard” Skills
The skills section of your résumé should focus on your hard skills, such as software knowledge, a foreign language you’re fluent in or any other skill relevant to your field. Soft skills like public speaking or leadership experience should be emphasized under your past jobs using relevant action verbs. Avoid listing them here.
5. Keep It Standard
The ultimate rule to keep in mind as you polish up your résumé is to keep everything in a standard format. Stick to one page (unless you have more than 10 years of field-relevant experience) and avoid anything distracting. That means no lines, graphics, or colors (we’re looking at you, Elle Woods). For a great format example, check out these résumé samples from the Rockwell Career Center.
Good luck! And remember, Rockwell Career Center staff are available on the second floor of Cemo Hall for any last-minute questions you might have.
By Priscilla Aceves