Sometimes the hardest thing an emerging and even established business professional can do is sell themselves. Whether the struggle stems from humility or self-doubt, nothing embodies this challenge greater than the resume, that one-page summary of your years of life lessons and work experience.
Because your resume represents your personal accomplishments and occupational capabilities, you need to ensure you're making a strong enough first impression to put your foot in the door and score that cherished in-person interview or next step in the application process.
To do that, however, you need a resume that leaves your reader wowed, confident in your skill set and ready to reach out to you.
In general, most professionals can agree on these best practices for your resume:
- Avoid templates, since they can be quite recognizable
- Have your layout in mind ahead of time, so you know the space you have to work with
- Arrange your education and work experiences chronologically, including names of schools and companies, your title, and relevant accomplishments
- Divide your resume into sections, like Contact Details, Education, Work Experiences and Special Skills
- Embolden the descriptions of your job duties with strong verbs
However, although most can agree on the basic requirements of a resume, there's a lot of room for improvement in the content you choose to include in your resume.
Thankfully, we've compiled a list of eight tips below on how you can make an impactful first impression and improve your odds of reaching the next step in the job or school application process.
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Keeping these tips in mind, you should now be able to make any necessary revisions to your resume, so you can give your potential employers a compelling reason to take you to the next step of the hiring process.
Now that you have your resume ready to go, read more about the application process for William & Mary's Online MSBA.