When the idea of updating your resume is mentioned, you can pretty much hear college students around the globe sigh in unison. However, upgrading and updating your resume doesn’t have to be the mammoth task you think it is.
To prove it, we’ve listed 5 really simple ways you can improve your resume. They’re so simple you’re likely to be a little bit shocked. If you’d like more high school resume tips, click the link too.
1. Look at things you can easily summarize
It’s great that you’re really proud of all your high school qualifications, your work experience or your hobbies, but they’re likely to take up a lot of space. As a general rule, your resume should be no longer than two pages (some people advise just one page) so the more concise you can be, the better. Summarize your qualifications by stating something along the lines of ‘I obtained 10 GCSEs in A-Cs in subjects including English, Maths and Music’.
2. Get rid of info that serves no purpose
As mentioned above, it’s important you keep the word count and length down as much as possible. Have a really good look at your resume and think about it from a potential employer’s side. Get rid of anything that would not make someone want to hire you – i.e. anything that’s not relevant to the job in hand, or that doesn’t show a qualification, experience or skill that you’ve earned.
3. Improve the formatting
Formatting goes a long way when it comes to your resume. You need to ensure it’s professional whilst remaining easily readable and clear. As well as thinking about how it actually looks on the page in terms of attractiveness, you’ll also want to think about the order in which you write everything. It’s been said that employers only take about 10 seconds to look at your resume, so it’s a good idea to lead with the most relevant/impressive/important information at the top and work your way down.
4. Have someone else read over it
After staring at it for what feels like eternity, it might be a good idea to take a step back from it and even ask someone else to look over it for you. Having a fresh pair of eyes on it is good not only for helping you edit it, but also for making sure it reflects you as best as possible.
5. Update it
It seems blatantly obvious, but if your resume is out of date, it’s not serving its full purpose. It also shows a potential employer what sort of person you are – whether you’re pro-active, on the ball, organised and professional, or if you’re a little lazy and scrappy.