BY SAIDAH BISHOP
Creating a standout resume isn't a one-and-done game. It takes countless revisions & often times, outside research.
You may be reading this because you’re a freshmen in college and it’s time to create your first professional resume. Or maybe, you’re near the end of your college career and know it’s time to spruce up that resume to land an internship or entry-level position. Or perhaps, you’ve been in the workforce for some time now & looking for tips on how to reinvent your resume.
Regardless of what brought you here, you understand the resume as a tool to get the opportunities you’re looking for. There’s so many resources out there on how to craft an excellent resume and BLOC is here to filter through and narrow it down. So regardless of what stage you’re at when it comes to crafting your resume, follow this resource guide to make sure your resume not only reflects who you are, but stands out from the crowd.
1. Online Resume Analysis
This is first on our list, because we can think of no better resource than articles devoted to showing you what an excellent resume looks like. If you want a stand out resume, then model yours after those that have already been declared excellent. Businessinsider.com does excellent analysis on resumes, showing why they’re stellar. They show you a sample and dissect top to bottom; showing readers why this resume is one to model yours after.
Example 1: http://read.bi/1JeUuwE
Example 2: http://bit.ly/1JolujE
2. Resume Templates
Believe it or not, one of the most intimidating things about writing a resume isn’t articulating your work experience, but formatting the page. Virtually all employers want a resume no more than one page and often times this puts a lot of pressure on people to fit everything on a single page. Our solution? Templates. So many websites have created free, templates for folks to use. All that’s required is a download, then you’re ready to go to fill your information in. This is a great tool for those who are new to the resume writing game. But remember templates only go so far, it’s important for you to add your own touch to the template or you’ll run the risk of looking generic.
BLOC offers a free resume template that can be found here: http://bit.ly/1SBPOWQ
Hloom offers 279 free & unique templates here: http://bit.ly/1UQRLla
3. Campus Career Service
Chances are your campus has a career services office. And there are even better chances that they have staff members whose job it is to sit down with students and craft their resume. Take advantage of these resources! Far too often they’re underutilized on campuses. So schedule an appointment and get ready to craft an excellent resume.