After finally figuring out what you want to do in this next chapter of your life, you realize you don’t have an updated resume to even start the application. Resume creation isn’t a skill typically taught at school; it’s one of those skills that you have to learn on your own. After spending hours researching different resume styles and studying graphic design in college, I’ve come to find some things that work, and others that don’t.
Choose your aesthetic. Are you going with a classic black and white document, or are you thinking along the lines of something more creative with other colors incorporated? Starting with this question will allow you to have a solid base and figure out what kind of style you want your resume to follow. The best resource for figuring out your style is Google. Type in classic, modern, or simple resume in the search bar and let the results flow in.
What to write. This is the part that sells your personality, experiences, and skills. Don’t hold back here! Remember to note things such as you were born in a different country, but moved here and learned the culture. In the intro paragraph, usually about two or three sentences, mention your a proud Hispanic who has accomplished this, this, and this. Mention that you speak both English and Spanish fluently (or French or Portuguese etc.). Your future employer gets his or her first impression of you through your resume; make it one they remember. Talk about when you started your own start-up, and definitely list your social media presence.
Short and sweet and to the point. Most people have a short attention span, especially when it’s a long and wordy document. To keep the attention of your potential employer, keep your resume to one page. Pick your most marketable skills and experiences and stick to that. It’s not necessary to include every job you’ve had.
Look it over! Make sure you have a resume in its most updated form at least two days before you need to send it in. When going over it, make sure all your contact information is current and correct, that you have an address, and that your top work experiences are listed and explained properly. Depending on the position you’re applying for, a sales position versus a management position versus a translator, you may want to adjust your resume to reflect your most applicable skills.
Before the interview. It’s advisable to have a family member or close friend to look over your resume and check for grammatical errors and skills you may have overlooked. Another set of eyes can never hurt and may even come up with good suggestions. Always remember to stay confident and true to yourself and the right job will find its way to you.