Having zero English errors with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and format are some of the main key points to create a presentable resume, according to Jordin Manco, the career mentor and student supervisor in the Career Center.
In a resume workshop held at the Career Center on Feb 13 and 15, Manco used a PowerPoint for her lecture on how to create a more professional resume, which included a small exercise and an interactive Q&A.
Manco provided 11 tips for her training:
For the format, there are sample templates on Handshake or Google Docs. It’s easier to create a resume out of a template.
Be consistent with the font, alignment and spacing. Don’t use more than two fonts.
Margins should be between 0.5 to 1 inch. Leave some space so it’s easy to read.
The spelling of company names should be consistent and accurate. It’s better to copy and paste the title if you are not sure of the punctuation and spelling.
Your name should be in bold and always have the biggest font. Do not put your Hawaii address if you’re applying for a job not on the island because some companies might consider the overseas cost a problem.
Always do your research when applying for international companies. Their requirements for information on your resume could differ.
Prewrite what you can offer, categorize your skills and experiences together.
Write the summary in a way to best advertise yourself. Some companies will call for an interview when they see a good summary.
Write bullet points under job description using the RPAQ model, which stand for Power verb, Result, Action, and Quantify. Look outside of the task, see how it affects others. For example, “Picked up trash at PCC” can be more professional sounding as “Enhanced customer experience for 2,000 guests daily by maintaining clean, safe environment.”
It shouldn’t be more than two pages. Prioritizing an experience can better advertise yourself.
The template provided by Handshake is in letter size, but for international job applications the format is an A4 paper. Save the file with your name, then type “resume.” This makes it easier for the employer to find your file.
Manco said a professional sounding resume is important because you can’t get a job without the employer seeing it.
Morgan Hutchinson, a junior from Mississippi studying psychology, attended the resume workshop. She said, “I love the one-on-one setting. And [Jordin] is very knowledgeable. She gave me lots of ideas on how to complete my resume.”
After setting up an appointment with Manco and finishing up her resume, Hutchinson said she feels more confident and prepared to apply for her internship.
Manco mentioned, “There will be two more workshops about interviewing and networking. We are trying to have the students prepare for the Asia Pacific Career Conference March 7-10, where various employers … will come to BYU-Hawaii.”
The Career Center also provides aid to students such as giving advices for interviews, taking the MBTI test, writing cover letters, and finding internships.
“Besides the Career Center, we have various resources on campus to help students with their job application. It includes the Reading and Writing Center for grammar and punctuation, academic success center, personal tutoring, and the instructors on campus,” said Manco.
For more information, visit byuh.joinhandshake.com and set up an appointment with the Career Center.