RESUMES: OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE NEW

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By Lacey Rae Sport, PR and Community Outreach Coordinator

As a previous intern turned coordinator, I review resumes daily and surprisingly enjoy it. I’m constantly flipping through pages of accomplishments, experience, skills, and even relevant coursework. I often find myself wishing I could help the person whose resume is in front of me. I’ve also come to realize that the ‘tried and true’ template (that even I started using years ago) is on its way to being obsolete.

Why? There are now so many ways you can make your resume and thus your name stand out. From bolded words to formatting, some resumes simply pop while others are quick to be dismissed. It can be refreshing to see color amidst a white blur with black lines and bullet points. Even if I’ve seen your template a thousand times, one unique aspect can set it apart from the others.

Disclaimer: We don’t need Elle Woods’ pink scented paper. Keep it clean and find what fits for you.

Look into the PR world and you will see creatives, out-of-the-box thinkers, individuals, outgoing and dynamic personalities. All of which are unique and well organized.

Want to snag an interview in 2017? Here is what you should do, ditch, and digitize.

Do it. Organize your resume in a clear, concise format and be consistent. Guide my eye to what you want me to see. Read your resume aloud before sending. Do you use the same phrases over and over again? Is it boring? Are you listing what you were supposed to do, or what you accomplished? Use action words that highlight your skills or successes.

Trick for the newbies: when creating your resume in a word document, use the “synonyms” tool to help you avoid using one word or phrase repetitively. Better yet, let those synonyms jog your brain and help you come up with a more accurate or impressive description.

Ditch it. While some may suggest adding an objective statement, it can take up valuable space on your resume. When you apply for a position, your objectives are already clear. We know that you will provide references if requested. Including “References available upon request” is meaningless. Have those contacts readily available, but don’t worry about sending them along when you first reach out. Pictures or headshots on your resume. I don’t want to know what you look like the first time I view your resume. I’m simply looking at your potential and personality.

Go Digital. Your digital footprint is just as important as your printed resume. Use this to your advantage. LinkedIn is an incredible tool that can connect you with employers. Do so. It is also a place to list experiences, involvement, or interests you might have left off your current resume for lack of space. Keep your profiles up to date. Don’t be afraid to show off the accomplishments, milestones, or adventures you’re proud of. We like seeing those too.

Make my job easier. Hyperlink your email, website, or social media profiles that you include. Disclaimer: All your social media profiles are fair game. Middle or misspelled names do not make you invisible so be careful of what you are tagged doing.