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No matter how much work experience you have, writing an outstanding resume can be a huge challenge. You can make your job search easier by using this journalism intern resume sample to learn about common mistakes and how you can avoid them. ? Use an opening statement ? Your resume is a professional document whether you are a recent graduate or you have been in the workforce for over 30 years. As such, you have to present yourself to the hiring manager in the best way possible. Experts suggest that you start your resume with a summary section that is four to six sentences of your experience, skills and personality traits. Even though the sample applicant has very little work experience, they should still have a summary section that talks about the experience they do have that will help them do the job in question. When you write your own resume, think of the summary section as your first opportunity to promote yourself. ? Present information in the best order ? You want your resume to look like you put a lot of thought into it, so you have to think about the order of your information. On the journalism intern sample resume, the applicant has four sections: experience, education, interests and additional information. Because this applicant is a recent graduate, experts would suggest that the education information came before the experience section. In order to help you write your own resume, here is the expert suggested order for someone who is recently graduated:
It is important to note that everyone, even two recent graduates, has different experiences and will therefore have resumes with slightly different orders or include different sections. ? Think about the information you include ? That being said, you really have to think about the sections and the information that you do include in your resume. You do not want to include anything that is too personal, religious, political or controversial. You do want to include information that is relevant to the position that you are trying to obtain. On the sample resume, the applicant includes their interests, their birthdate and then their interests again. Obviously you do not want to repeat information, but you should look at the sections discussed above and try to use those as a basis for the professional information you should include on your resume. ? Focus on length ? Experts suggest that your resume should be one page for every decade of experience that you have without exceeding three pages. This means that a recent graduates resume should be one full page. The sample resume clearly does not meet these guidelines, but as a recent graduate it can be difficult to fill an entire page. In order to get more out of your resume, try including volunteer work, part-time jobs and other accomplishments that showcase skills that you need. A full page resume looks more professional than a half-page resume, and can help you standout while ensuring that you are sharing enough information. ? Consider your color scheme ? Because you want your resume to standout you may be tempted to use color throughout your formatting. This is not always bad to do, but for most occupations you should keep your resume black and white. The number one reason to keep your resume black and white is because many resumes get emailed and shared electronically. If the hiring manager has a different word processor or prints out your resume, the whole thing can end up looking jumbled and unprofessional. It is best to stick with the basic black and white in order to keep a professional appearance. Being aware of these common mistakes can help you write a better resume for your job search. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and get started on your work history today.