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Hey everyone!

My name is Sarah, and aside from Her Campus, I am also a Peer Helper in Career Services. Since summer just ended and we all said goodbye to the sun, a lot of us also ended our summer jobs, so together, let’s incorporate this summer into your resume.

 

Here are some important tips that you should be aware of!

 

1. Appearance

How your resume looks is very important. You want it to be easy on the eyes of the employer, so make sure that white space is used well so it is visually appealing. This will also help the employer to find what they want without having to search too hard. If your resume is more than one page, remember to add your name, contact information, and page number on the second page.

 

2. What to include

Anything on your resume that is from about five or more years ago is ready to be taken off. As important as the work you did for that job was, it slowly loses relevance over the years. You also may have a lot of experience listed on your resume – so much that it becomes longer than two pages. If this happens, try to only include the jobs or volunteer work that directly impacts what you are applying for.

 

3. Sections

The first section of your resume should be dedicated to your skills or highlights of qualifications. This will be any technical or certified skill you have completed over the years. You can also choose to include important points from other areas in your resume. This is the section that the employer will first look at, so it can be beneficial if something catches his or her eye that they would want to read into more. The next section is education. This section is dedicated to your post-secondary education; however, if you would like to include your high school ,it is more than welcome. On top of simply listing your university and program, you can also list any relevant course you have taken that will be beneficial to the job you are applying for. Depending on your program, there may be additional sections; however, typically your work experience will come next. For each job, remember to include the company and your position within it. When listing bullet points, remember to describe what you did, how you did it, and the positive outcome that resulted from doing that task. Remember, when describing your skills, be sure to display them in a way that can be transferable from that job to the one you are applying to.

 

I hope this was helpful!

Sarah Osher

Guelph '20

Sociology major, and aspiring to travel the world
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