It’s not easy being a student. Some days, you probably finish class only to come home to your MTSU apartments and apply for internships or full-time jobs. When you’re browsing job listings and career openings, you probably notice a lot of listing that include the requirement of “3-5 years of experience.” It’s hard to have 3-5 years of experience for an entry level job. Some might even say it’s impossible. That’s why you have to stand out both on your resume and in your interview. You’re not going to have the experience required for most jobs, so you have to prove your worth in-person or through your resume-writing skills.
Many students living at our apartments near MTSU won’t even be able to fill out a whole page on their resume. If you’re lucky (or highly ambitious) you’ve probably had two internships at most. Pair those internships with a couple retail jobs, and you might have some semblance of a complete resume. Unfortunately for you, tons of people have this much experience, and they’re applying to the same jobs that you are. If there’s even one mistake or red flag on your resume, an employer will throw it out and move on to the next person’s application.
Below, you’ll find some tips that will help you create a resume that will get you hired. Well, we can’t guarantee you’ll get hired, but we can guarantee that by reading this blog, you’ll have a better shot than someone who ignores our advice.
- Don’t say what you did, show how you solved a problem
A lot of people write resumes like they’re telling someone about their day. That’s not what you want to do. You don’t want to just list out your day to day activities; you want to write something compelling that the hiring manager might actually want to read. Try this: Think of a problem you faced at your last (or current) job. Now, write down how you solved that problem. Odds are, you used one of your skills to solve the problem, and that’s exactly what hiring managers want to see.
- Don’t forget to include a career objective
A career objective is a sentence at the top of your resume that tells potential employers what you’re looking for. If you’re a marketing major, it might say something like, “I’m hoping to join a dynamic agency where I can apply my skills in strategic marketing.” The idea is to give employers a sense of who you are, what you’re hoping to do, and where you’re hoping to take your career. This is especially important for college students, because while your application might say you worked at Macy’s, that probably isn’t the career path you want to follow for the rest of your life.
- Include an interesting class you took that’s outside your major.
When you (hopefully) go in for your interview, your resume will be the main topic of conversation. If you include an interesting class or other tidbit about yourself, you might be able to spark a personal connection with your interviewer. Do anything you can to stand out, because that’s what everyone else is doing.
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