Students: How to make your resume stand out

An open position at any organization requires a lot of leg work to ultimately get it filled. Employers spend hours sifting through resumes, interviewing and deliberating. In order to get a call for an interview, you have to spark the interest of the employer. As a student, your resume needs to stand out above the rest. Although you may not have much tangible experience in the field, you can still present yourself well on paper. Here are a few tips on how to make your resume stand out.

Add a picture to your resume for a personal toughNo Fillers 

No one likes unhealthy additives and fillers in their foods, so why fluff up your resume with them? When it comes to resume writing, every statement needs to pack a powerful punch of useful facts. Keep it simple and relevant. When your resume gets read for the first time, the employer needs to get a good sense of who you are, what you have accomplished and what you can bring to the table. If your resume is filled with fluff, it will most likely be noted from the start. Don’t take the chance of your resume being tossed. Don’t use fillers.

Think Outside the Box 

Chances are, most applicants will use a traditional resume format to submit to the employer. Most will have an objective that will resemble the other. This is where you have to use a tactical approach and eliminate the monotony. Instead of an objective, take that space to write a brief description of your skills that are relevant to the job posting. Use keywords that are tailored to each job posting so that whoever reads your resume can picture you being the best candidate for the job. Your boldness in changing the format of the typical resume will leave the employer wanting to meet you in person for an interview.

Tell the Truth

A resume is a place to be honest and truthful with potential employers about who you are and what you have to offer. Although you may not have much work experience, you do have life experience. Traveling, volunteering and writing are all great components to discuss if they pertain to the open position in some way. You should never feel the need to lie on your resume. Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. The confidence that you possess will draw others into your world, including a new employer.

Edit with Care

Take your time and edit your resume thoroughly. All too often spelling errors can land resumes in the garbage. Although it may seem simple enough, your resume should be treated like a window of opportunity to the job of your dreams. Take the time to proofread for spelling and grammatical errors. Be sure that the entire document uses uniform language and stays on topic. Have a fresh set of eyes, like a friend or parent,  proofread and edit as well. It is important to be critical when you edit your resume. Look through the eyes of the hiring manager and ask yourself “would I hire me”? Does the document satisfy the need of knowledge about who you are and what you are offering? Is everything worded in a clear and concise manor that is easily understood? Answer all of these questions and make changes as needed.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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