6 Tips For Making Your Resume Sparkle

6 Tips For Making Your Resume Sparkle

Or just to spice it up a bit
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As one semester ends and a new one awaits just around the river bend, there is one thing many students forget about in the haze of finals and holiday euphoria: Job Hunting. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, the next semester is coming and some of us need jobs to help keep afloat or just have extra cash to splash around.

That being said, it is useful to know how to put together an amazing resume that will blow the minds of your employer (not literally). Or, if you have already created a resume these tips will be helpful to spice and polish it to perfection. Either way, we all need great resumes and here is how to get one.

1. Visit the career advisor in school

Odds are, your university offers excellent career counseling and advising in order to make the job hunting process much easier to follow. Take advantage of that service (that you actually pay for) and book an appointment with one of the advisors.

They can assist you in formulating that dream resume and show you neat tricks to make the entire process less overwhelming. Not only that, if you feel like you have nothing to put on your resume, they will help and guide you to realize you have more than you think you have. Do not let the opportunity waste away.

2. Consider everything you have ever done

Regardless of how pointless it may seem, it is extremely helpful to think back and ruminate on anything you have accomplished in the past. This includes babysitting, teaching a couple of friends and any other achievement that seems little.

With the right tune up and the perfect job, that little thing may be the key to acceptance into that job. You have to consider everything, so you can have something to offer.

3. Tailor your resume to fit the job requirements

Notice I said tailor, not create. Do not formulate experience that you do not have. That is sad and bad, especially if you cannot deliver. However, you can tailor your resume so that it only consists of experience that is relevant to the job requirements.

Your prospective employers have lots of résumés to read… let the relevant experience be the first thing they notice when their eyes flick over that important one page. Do not waste space including unnecessary experience or accomplishments. Instead, elaborate more on that relevant experience.

4. Have a general base resume

This is the resume to end all resumes. This one should contain everything, and I mean everything you have ever done. It can be more than one page, it can look any way you want it to. You are not going to submit it to any employer.

However, you will use it as a base to create your actual resume from. Imagine you had lots of jobs to apply for, each with their own requirements. The base will be your go-to list where you can pick and choose what to insert in the real deal. Imagine it as a nice large piece of cloth and your tailored resume is the shirt you made from that cloth.

5. Use action words

Words have power, as we all know. Verbs pack a serious punch in the world of resume building. They create emphasis and add importance to whatever experience you are sharing. For instance, if you babysat little kids in your neighborhood you could put that as “Coordinated the activities of children 3+ to ensure their safety” or something along those lines.

Does it not sound much cooler than saying “babysat”? Find the right verbs to encompass your experiences, mention what you actually did and indicate the result or reason behind the action.

6. Never underestimate the power of bold and italics

If you want to draw the eye to a particular word and add emphasis to it, then use your powerful allies, bold and italics. They are there to help you get the attention of whoever is reading your resume.

If there are headings, important dates, etc. use either of them to accomplish the job of grabbing attention. Of course, it must be in moderation. Your entire document should not consist of bolded and italicized words. That would be annoying to read.


So, if you truly want your resume to shine in the night sky, do well to heed my little tidbits. Especially the first one because we can all do with a little wisdom from professionals. Happy job hunting!

PS: How many of you caught the Pocahontas reference in the first paragraph?

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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Intimidation Isn't Always What It Seems

Always ask yourself this question when feeling intimidated...

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A few months ago, I read something online that really stuck with me. I don't remember who said it, or where it came from, so my apologies for not accurately crediting the genius who spoke these words, but it said this:

"Am I actually intimidating, or are you just intimidated?"

Growing up, you constantly find yourself in situations where you feel scared or uncomfortable. I don't think there's one person on the planet that can say that they didn't feel intimidated at one point or another growing up. Maybe it was by the "popular kids" or by a teacher or a supervisor. So many people can make you feel a certain way and it can be scary when you're a child growing up. Maybe you felt intimidated because they were bullies or they were a strong personality.

But after reading this quote, I started to think about every time in my life that I felt intimidated. Walking into a new job, taking a chance on writing, seeing a group of girls in the cafeteria - whatever it was, I thought of it. And my perspective completely changed.

It wasn't necessarily that the people who I was encountering or the situation I was entering was scary. In fact, most times, those people turned out to be incredibly welcoming and nice, or that situation was nothing but spectacular, but at that moment, I was completely intimidated. It was something new and the unknown can always be scary. But looking back, it wasn't that those situations and people were intimidating - it was that I was intimidated.

Being intimidated is completely natural. It'd be crazy to say 'hey, don't be intimidated' and expect people to actually feel comfortable. But it's something to think about moving forward when you find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, anxious, or even scared. It's easy to get caught up in the moment and let that timidness get the best of you but think of that question and realize that it's not necessarily the situation - sometimes it's you letting the situation get the best of you.

At the end of the day, people are just people. Everyone has boogers and everyone had good and bad days and to be honest, the people who others find intimidating are usually the ones who are just better at putting up a front. They're the ones who find having a hard exterior is easier than being vulnerable and letting others in. Don't let those people scare you. They're usually fighting a battle that they're taking out on the people around them - and that shouldn't scare you.

"Am I actually intimidating, or are you just intimidated?"

Think about it, feel it, let it wash over you, and don't let those feelings get the best of you. Most of the best things in life are just past that line outside of your comfort zone.

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