You have attended the networking events, met representatives from the various firms and made your decision on where you would like to apply. Now it is time to brush up your resume and submit your application.
What should I include on my resume? How should I format it? How do I make it stand out? These are some questions that students frequently ask me.
If I had to provide you with one piece of advice, it would be to ensure that you target your resume; make it specific to the organization and position you are applying for. Review the job posting, research the company and determine what skills and qualifications the organization is looking for and ensure that you highlight in your resume those skills and qualifications.
Most organizations are looking for well-rounded individuals; those who can demonstrate that they have been able to maintain decent marks at school as well as potentially hold down a part-time job, get involved in the community, or participate in extra-curricular activities. It is important that your resume reflect everything about you.
The seemingly simple things can make a big difference! You don’t need to have fancy formatting to get noticed; in fact it is preferable if your resume has simple fonts and lots of white space. Print your resume off and read through it carefully for spelling mistakes and check your formatting. It is always a good idea to have someone else read it for you in case there are mistakes that you didn’t catch.
You have approximately 60 seconds of a recruiter’s time to make an impression and make them want to read on – this is your time to market yourself to your prospective employer so make the most of it!
Michelle de Roux, CHRP
Human Resources Administrator