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Tips for Building Your Resume

12 December 2016 By Vanessa

Every industry is competitive. Every job is competitive. When you decide to apply for a job, you want to ensure that you’re ready to perform well and thrive in your field. That’s why you’ve chosen Pioneer Pacific. But college is only step one.

tips-for-resume-building-from-ppcBuilding a Competitive Resume After Pioneer Pacific

Pioneer Pacific College is your launching platform to achieve your highest career goals. Now that you’ve got the education under your belt, it’s time to polish up the buckle of your resume, starting with these tips:

  • Font – The goal of a resume might be to win the votes of your new employers, but the method to do this comes from making a quality impression. That impression begins with readability. Don’t use your favorite swirly font that shows off your personality. Instead, settle for Times, Arial, or another clear font in a size between 10 and 14.
  • Format – The optimal resume format differs between applicants. One rule of thumb is to put your best foot forward. That means to start with the experience or accomplishment that means the most at the top. For many students, it’ll be your degree.
  • Strong Action Verbs – For every job, create a few bullet point descriptions of job responsibilities or accolades in the position. Use strong, compelling verbs like “organize,” “communicate,” or “invent.”
  • Keywords from Job Ad – When applying from a job ad, switch out some of your word choices to reflect the characteristics or skills the employer seeks. However, be careful not to lie to accommodate the ad.
  • Additional Skills – Toward the end of the resume, if you have extra room, consider showing a little bit of your personality by adding skills, hobbies, or goals you have. An employer likes to know you’re driven and well-rounded.
  • Proofread – Even if you aren’t great at spelling or grammar, there are free programs online that can proofread your resume. Just don’t rely solely on a machine! Set the resume aside for a day and revisit it later to edit sentences and restructure as needed. Most resumes should be between one and two pages in length.

Pioneer Pacific Career Services

Resumes can be tricky, even when you know the tricks of the trade. Your eyes can miss errors and forget punctuation. It’s always beneficial to have a friend, peer, or mentor read through your resume to find misspellings and grammatical confusion. They might also suggest small tweaks in format or style that you didn’t consider.

In addition, certain jobs require very specific information or respond better to a different resume format. At Pioneer Pacific Career Services, our counselors have the experience to know which guidelines to follow and when to change things up. We can help highlight your individual assets and focus on how to help you acquire your dream job within the legal, medical, or other industries supported by our programs.

Ready to begin? Start researching new job opportunities today!

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