Your resume will usually be the first impression that a potential employer will get from you, so make sure you go to great lengths to make that first impression a positive one. You definitely want to set yourself apart from your competition, but not in a bad way.
The following are some tips on how to make the best impression with your resume.
- Spelling and grammar. Make sure there isnâ€™t a single mistake on your resume. Employers usually have a hard time narrowing the applicants down to those few that they want to interview, so they look for any reason to exclude someone from the process.
- Show that youâ€™re well-rounded. Your resume is a great way to show a potential employer that youâ€™re involved in a variety of activities both in and out of school and that you use your time effectively.
- Tailor your cover letter. Make sure that you send a cover letter with your resume and that it relates directly to that company and the position youâ€™re applying for. The cover letter should tell them that youâ€™re familiar with their organization and why (with specific examples) you would be the best choice for the position. This not only gives you the chance to promote youâ€™re most applicable qualities, but it will also show them that youâ€™re not just interested in any job or internship with any company, but that you want to work for them.
- Keep it concise. Since the interviewer will have a lot of resumes to go through, theyâ€™ll most likely be turned off by a multiple page document. Try to keep your resume to one page at 10-12 point type and include only relevant information.
- Proofread. Have someone (or several people) proofread your resume, not only for grammatical or spelling errors, but to make sure it flows logically and is a quick, easy read.