It's finals and job hunting season.
We have had a number of posts about managing your school work. Now it's time to give you some tips on how to amp up your resume and apply for a summer job.
- Your resume should be targeted at a specific job or sector. You want to make sure your resume hits the skills and experience relevant to the job. If you are going to do a walkabout (see below), have 2 or 3 resumes. For example, one for retail, one for office jobs etc.
- It's not essential but a personal profile at the start of your resume, giving an outline of your skills and work ethic allows an employer to get a sense of who you are. You can google some examples. This is especially useful if you are not including an accompanying cover letter in your application.
- Keep your resume concise and to the point and visually pleasing. Again, look at some different formats for examples. The visual layout is the first impression the employer will get of you.
- Check spelling and grammar. Even one spelling and grammar mistake can move your resume from the top of the pile of candidates to the bottom. Paying attention to these small details matters.
- Go walkabout with your pristine resume in hand. Being able to put a face to the name on paper can give you the upper hand when looking for a position over the summer. Make sure you dress for the part - professional and smart. You may get a mini interview on the spot and walk out with a job.
Best of luck :)