New Grad Resume Style
I was speaking to a group of spring graduates a couple weeks
ago about how to create an effective resume. In my talks I emphasize the importance
of both content and format. Those of you who are familiar with my website and
my various articles will note that when it comes to resumes, I recommend a
pretty standard format.
After I finished my presentation, a soon to be new graduate
raised her hand to voice a concern. "I am worried that my resume will look
pretty much like everyone else's resume if I follow your advice."
My answer? Yes, it absolutely will! That is the goal.
Recruiters and human resources personnel review a lot of
resumes and they review them very quickly. In fact, most resumes will get no
more than a 30 second look - if even that much. Your goal is to make it as easy
as possible for the reader to determine whether or not you meet the
qualifications. In other words, you don't want to make your reviewer work too
hard or have to dig too deep to find the pertinent information. The best and
most reliable way to accomplish this task is to use a standard format.
Think about it. That's why we use a standard format, such as
SOAP, in the clinical setting when we chart. Because the format never varies,
the reader knows exactly how and where to find whatever piece of information
they require. Easy peasy. Key information is located exactly where we expect it
I think the student's real concern, and what she was
actually getting at, was a worry that maybe her unique personality wouldn't
shine through. Well, remember, the only purpose of a resume is to get you an
interview. That means at this stage of the application process it's far more
beneficial for you as a job seeker to showcase your skills rather than your
personality. Style doesn't belong in a resume. After all, it's a resume, not
I feel the need again to remind all job seekers to always
keep in mind that when it comes to landing a job it is all about what the
employer wants - and what the employer wants from your resume is simply to
determine whether or not you meet the qualifications.
But don't employers also care deeply about whether or not
your personality and style are good fit for the culture of their organization?
Yes and the proper place to demonstrate that will be during your interview, not
in your resume.