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No matter what year you are in college, it is incredibly important to learn the discrete art that is resume writing. Unless you’ve got all the right connections to get that internship or entry level job, it’s going to be rather difficult to find employment without a presentable resume…

Excuse me, I just had a horrible flashback to all of last semester, in which my resume was torn apart with each person I asked to edit it. Ugh. You can imagine I’m a bit of an expert at this point (self-proclaimed, of course). Moving on.

Before you can even think  of writing or editing your resume, you must have a full understanding of exactly what a resume is and isn’t. So here goes:

Basic Resume Writing Tips: Your Resume Is…

  • A concise presentation of you, targeted to a specific employer
  • A marketing tool meant to highlight your major accomplishments
  • Meant to distinguish you from the competition by focusing on your unique qualities, experience, and strengths
  • A results-oriented document that shows how your efforts impacted previous employers
  • A demonstration of your career progression/the increasing complexity in your work experience
  • Easy to scan and free of typos

Basic Resume Writing Tips: Your Resume is NOT…

  • A detailed history of your life from high school to college
  • An autobiography
  • A laundry list of everything you have ever done
  • A list of all your job responsibilities
  • A long document (2+ pages) that is dense and difficult to read

For those of you who have 2 pages for your resume already–I’m sorry, but how do you have that much relevant information for any entry level job? I mean, really.


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Need some more tips? Check out the video below about how to write a flawless resume!
Important Resume Components


What types of things do you include on your resume? Share comments below.