When it comes to resumes, it can be daunting having to list what you have done during your time here as an undergrad in a coherent manner. On top of that, we can find ourselves wondering how we might make a fully functioning resume. Before I go into detail about how to go about it, I think it’s important to say why we do this. Imagine you’re an employer and you have two resumes in front of you. One is filled wall-to-wall with text and uses four different fonts. It’s also layered with dozens of bolded, italicized and underlined words and phrases. The second resume also offers a lot of information, but you can quickly scan the document, because it makes good use of white space, features clear and consistent section headings and uses bullets to make important items stand out;
Which resume would you look at first?
If you’re like most employers who may have to evaluate hundreds of resumes each week, you’ll proceed directly to the second resume.
Why? Because it’s inviting to your eyes and your attention span, while the first resume is just the opposite. Now that we have that idea let’s begin talking about different types of resumes.
Resumes vary dependent on the field of study, which is important because you might have to emphasize a particular category more than others. Most think of a resume as having to be “chronological,” but for example, when STEM majors need to highlight skill-sets and projects during their time whereas someone in Anthropology would emphasize research and fellowships, one might be better off with a hybrid or project-based resume based on these emphasis areas. Every student’s unique experience will thrive in a particular type of resume, and it is up to you, your experiences, and the nature of the position you are applying for to decide which the best fit is. Here is what I mean by the Chronological, Hybrid, Project Highlights, and Skills resume. Good luck, and remember that the Career Center is more than welcome to help you out with drop-in hours (with peers like me), 15 minute, and 30 minute appointments.
-Jesus Sanchez (Peer Advisor)