3 Quick Resume Fixes

Does your resume need a quick touch-up? Here are three incredibly simple fixes you can apply right now to perk it up a little!

1. “Professionalize” you email

If you are still using PrettyBallerina110@something or ILoveBacon290@somethingelse or any other email that reminds us uncomfortably of the 90’s, it might be time to do some spring cleaning. As you go forward, you want to put your best foot forward and impress. You email address might be one aspect of your resume you haven’t addressed yet, and if you are still using a college email, this might not be a big concern. However, sending off your resume with a ‘childish’ email might be a big turn off to recruiters.

Some quick fixes?

Try using ‘Firstname.Lastname@(whichever service you use)” or “FirstinitialLastname@(whichever service you use” 

Already taken? Try to keep your new email as uncomplicated as possible. While being expressive and being creative isn’t a bad thing in life…on your email and your resume, you should always take the safer option. Be professional.

2. Pick a font. Yes, just one font.

Comic sans, Papyrus, and Courier were all awesome fonts in their heyday: people put them on everything and they were much beloved. Fast forward to the 2000’s and most people have dropped the silly fonts for more clean and consistent fonts like Helvetica and Arial (and some Times New Roman too). If your resume has alternating fonts or multiple colors, it might be time to make some minor adjustments. The first (and best) change you can make, is set all the writing on your resume in one clean legible font. I feel confident in saying that no employer will see the humor in a resume written entirely in Wingdings or Dingbat. Similarly, while Chalkduster is playful and child-like…it can come off woefully childish; much like wearing a Barney the dinosaur tie into a corporate interview. If you do nothing else, make your resume all one consistent and clean font, and do it soon.

3. Check your spelling.

This might sound a bit silly, but always check you spelling every time you revise a resume. Between auto-correct, spellcheck, and whatever else is built into your word processor, there is always the off-chance that a company name, employer name, or job title can be woefully altered by accident. Always check that your name is spelled correctly , as it is the first thing an employer will see (and it just looks dumb if you mess that up). This also applies to everything else you do in your job search; check your contact’s name, check the company’s name, and check any name you’re going to have to put down in writing. Never EVER misspell an interviewer’s name in an email, and better yet, turn off spell check and do it by hand. Your resume will thank you.

I hope this helps! Happy Spring Cleaning!

3 Statements You Shouldn’t Make, Ever

So yesterday I chatted about startups, and previous to that I yapped about interviews and job fairs and employment…yada yada yada. If you haven’t read any of the previous articles yet, take a minute to give this one a solid once-over. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

There are few things you should ‘never ever’ say in any situation: in front of your boss, a potential boss, a superior, your intern, your mom, and most of all to yourself. Here are just 3.

  1. “I Don’t Know”. The biggest reason you shouldn’t say that you don’t know something,is because most things can be learned when a person put their mind to it. If an employer asks you if you don’t know a fact or figure, you can ALWAYS look it up. Instead of ‘I don’t know’ you can say ‘I can look that up for you‘. In certain situations, like if you are asked if you speak a foreign language, you obviously can’t say “why yes I can” if you do not know it. Even if you shove your face into a Rosetta Stone book on Chinese for 24 hours, you can’t exactly bounce into the office spewing business-level conversational Chinese the next morning. In those situations, be honest and say you can’t.
  2. “I Don’t Care”. If your mom tells you about her day, your boss tells you about the weather, or anyone tells you anything do not outright say that you don’t care about it. Even if the topic is abysmally boring, at least try to act interested. Especially if a potential employer tells you about something, write it down: you never know when it might come in handy. Doubting me? If your boss tells you they are an avid movie-goer, why not ask him if he’s seen Looper? Showing a little interest in what people around you care about is a good way to demonstrate that you are thoughtful, engaging, and that they should care about you.
  3. “That’s Stupid”. Nothing in life is mindlessly stupid (yes that includes Honey Boo Boo Child, T&T, Jersey Shore, and even its recent spin-off K-Town). Even if what something someone says at work, at home, or anywhere do not ever EVER shut them down and say ‘that’s stupid’. This immediately shuts down the line of communication, and alienates people. Think about what makes it stupid, why you are so disengaged from it, and how you can more intellectually react to ‘stupid’ material. Example? Instead of simply writing off Jersey Shore as ‘stupid’ and telling someone ‘that’s stupid’, try to instead say, “I don’t really like that show because ____”. This shows you are capable of engaging, and makes you more approachable: no on likes jerks, so don’t be a jerk.

Hopefully these littler tips are helping! I will give you some more helpful advice tommorrow!