It's time for you to venture out into the work force and grab that first real job. You spent your high school and college days creating a background that you are proud of, and now you're ready to create your first-ever resume. Not sure where to begin? This helpful tips will show you some of the pitfalls to avoid. And a Resume Builder like LiveCareer’s can help you put together a quality resume you can send out with confidence to potential employers.
So when do you need a resume?
Your resume usually comes into the picture when you're out of school and ready to make your mark on the world. It’s designed to show off your accomplishments, and, especially at the beginning of your career, your career potential to companies who might want to hire you. To put it simply, your resume is the document you need when you're ready to put your foot on that first rung of the corporate ladder.
Mistake #1: Never mention your hobbies in your resume (unless they’re relevant to the job).
The rock band you were in back in high school might have been a lot of fun, but unless you’re applying for a job at a record label, it probably doesn’t belong on your resume. But if your hobbies DO directly relate to the position you’re applying for (i.e. you worked as treasurer of the college debate club, and you’re applying for an accounting job) you can mention this--probably somewhere toward the bottom of the page.
Mistake #2: Never include filler information just to make your resume look better.
Your resume is going to be light on professional experience, which is something hiring managers expect. That is why your high school guidance counselor and college placement adviser recommended getting involved in activities outside of the class that are pertinent to your field.
Most new job hunters don't realize how important extra-curricular activities are until it's too late. Insignificant information about activities that have nothing to do with your career are going to hurt your resume.
Mistake #3: Never use gimmicks to try and get your resume noticed.
Some new job hunters put more thought into resume gimmicks than they do the actual content of their first ever resume. Gimmicks are things like brightly colored paper, expensive envelopes, or a special font that is supposed to make your resume stand out. The reality is that gimmicks will get your resume ignored instead of noticed.
Let the content of your resume stand out and avoid the gimmicks that will get your first ever resume thrown in the trash.
Creating a resume the first time around can seem like a challenge. But if you’re smart about it, and avoid common pitfalls, you’ll have a leg up on other candidates in a similar spot. To give yourself an even bigger edge, LiveCareer’s professional resume builder, resume writing, and cover letter builder services are great resources to take advantage of as you take that next big step toward your first great job!