Resume Tips: What I Learned Through The Practicum Placement Process

Your resume is your best tool to describe yourself on paper. If built correctly, it can be your greatest tool during your job search. Below are 5 simple, useful tips that I have learned through my practicum placement process (and beyond) to help make your resume noticeable to current and future employers!

  1. Grammatically Perfect

This may seem obvious but it stands true. Employers will look for small mistakes- ensure your writing is concise and proper.

  1. Be Specific

Employers need to understand what you have done and what you have accomplished. Specific and detailed phrases such as “recruited, hired, and lead a team of ten individuals through a skills-building seminar work-shop” are more likely to grab an employer’s attention.

  1. Keep the Visual Simple

If your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. Employers seek clean, simple, and concise resumes that are easy to follow and read. Show your resume to several other people before sending it out. Do they find it visually attractive? If not, revise.

  1. Ensure Correct Contact Information

If you feel your resume is incredibly strong but you are not getting any calls from employers, ensure to check that your contact information is correct. This might seem silly but sometimes it is the little things we forget to check. Double-check even the most minute, taken-for-granted details sooner rather than later.

  1. Include Important Information

You may be tempted to eliminate mention of the volunteer experiences or side jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for school. Typically, however, the soft skills you’ve gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.

Here at Ambrose, Career Services is happy to look over your resume for you. A second opinion is always useful to ensure your resume is in perfect shape before you send it out to employers.



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