SPOTLIGHT

Resume Tips for Your Students


As your students enter the working world, they will of course need resumes. To help get them started, AIE has recently updated and refreshed its resume advice, templates, and samples, which you can direct your students to here.

Meanwhile, here are three super-important resume tips you can share with your students right away.

Don't bury the lead!
Readers familiar with the world of journalism may have heard the phrase "don't bury the lead!" The main idea there is that the "lead" (often spelled "lede") is the most important part of the story, and should come first. Why? Because not every reader will read the story through to the end.

This same principle applies to resume-writing. In many cases potential employers are going to glance at your resume rather than carefully reading every word. Can we quantify that? Yes, we can. Experts suggest that the first 25% to 50% of the resume is the most important, and 40% of hiring managers will spend less than one minute reviewing your resume. The most important stuff has to come first

Adapt, adapt adapt!
Good resume-writing is adaptive. If you volunteered as a tutor to younger students, you might have developed strong skills in organizing study schedules and in communicating complex ideas. For some jobs — think about being a team lead at a burger stand — you'd want to emphasize the scheduling aspect of your experience. For another job — think about helping confused customers troubleshoot tech problems on a new gadget — you'd want to emphasize the communication aspect of your experience.

It's important to be truthful: remember, in this example you really did develop both skills. What changes is your emphasis. Why? Because you're adapting your resume to the particular job for which you're applying.

Remember the importance of poofreading, um, make that proofreading!
In a recent survey, 58% of employers said that spotting typos on a resume would automatically lead them to cease considering that candidate. The version of your resume that a potential employer sees should not have any errors. It's not that you're expected to be perfect, it's that you're expected to have given it the time and care it deserves. Proofread. Revise. Have a trusted friend help out.

Besides these tips, do yourself a favor and check out the newly updated resume pages we mentioned above!