Resume 101

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Every HR Manager receives hundreds upon hundreds of resumes per job listings they post. Making your resume stand out is one way to receive a phone call for a job interview.

Think about the position you are applying for and put the relevant information that should go on the resume. Put the attributes that are relevant for that position. Do you know how to use TweetDeck? Mark it down. How about Social Media Analytics? Write it down. If you put it down, make sure you have the skill set to back it up. We have looked back at a few resumes that would stand out on any HR manager’s desk.

Make It Visual

Don’t go over the top, but make your resume more than the typical black and white business format. Make it easy for a HR manager to see your resume in a stack of 500 others.

Take a look at Joseph John’s (@Joey_Johns4) resume. The colorful logos immediately jump off the page. Sports fans identify with logos and their brand, so right off the bat that are recognizable are the University of Michigan and Clemson University. Two Division I schools with prestigious athletic programs.

Similar to Stuart Drew’s resume, logos were prevalent, with Auburn University’s being at the very top. Having a logo that is identifiable can make a resume jump out instead of just putting down the college name.

Show Items That Are Relevant to the Industry

Take a look at the resumes above,Matt Creagan’s resume has a familiar approach to Joseph John’s resume as well. He used logos and also shows jobs that are relevant to the position that he is interested in.

Applying for a position in social media? Add your handles onto your resume.

Applying for a position in marketing or graphic design? Add a link to your portfolio.

Having information that isn’t relevant can blur the items that you want to get across.

Take a look at Sarah put on her resume. Sarah is graduating in December and wants to head into the world of sports after graduation. The field of “Job Shadowed” stands out because it shows that Sarah has taken the time to reach out to professionals in the industry and learned their positions. Shadowing also allows an up and coming professional to narrow down the jobs that they might be interested in prior to graduating. A great addition to any resume.

Talk Accomplishments

Did you create a Snapchat account for a brand? How about running analytics for a brand? Hiring managers want to know the successes that you have had in your industry. Stuart’s resume discussed specific events that she covered via Auburn Tigers social media accounts. She created Auburn’s snapchat account as well and helped manage that. Since there is not a sure way to pull analytics for Snapchat, she decided to include average views per snap to show that growth and numbers were important.

Ask Professionals to Review Your Resume.

It might be nerve wracking, but many peers and professionals will be willing to look at your resume. Ask them to analyze everything from the verbiage to the layout. Your resume could be ripped to shreds the first time it is looked over, but it will benefit your final product. Reach out and you could have marketing professionals, social media managers and athletic directors give feedback. Having professionals look over your work will make you much more confident when applying to positions. Always follow up with a thank you note for the professional because they took their time to look over your resume.

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