Your resume is the first glimpse an employer has into your background, skills, and talents.

Young job seeker trying to type up a resumeA resume is often the only knowledge an employer will have of you before offering an interview.

It becomes important, then, to create a well-polished resume that helps you stand out and shows what you can bring to a company.

When you apply for your first job, the task of creating a resume may feel daunting. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help you write an impressive resume worthy of an interview!

Start with contact information and education

Put your first and last name at the top of your resume with your contact information including your phone number, a permanent address, and a professional email address.

Under this information, put a section dedicated to education. Include the name of your college as well as the degree you are pursuing or which you received. You could also write down any special achievements in this section, such as a high GPA or Dean’s list.

Highlight relevant experience and skills

The next section to add to your resume is related experience.

While this may be your first job, you have other experiences you can use that relate to the job you are applying for. Consider organizations you participated in during school, sports you played, internships, volunteer positions, or community service.

Use your experiences to jot down bullet points which relate to the types of skills the job posting called for.

Focus on highlighting relevant skills that show you can handle this new job.

Tailor your resume to the specific job

One of the best ways to stand out among other job applicants is to tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Employers can tell when you start mass-submitting the same resume across multiple job postings.

For each job you apply to, tweak your resume to the job posting.

Use keywords from the listing to strengthen your resume and to show that you have the skills the employer is seeking. Focus on experiences that relate to the particular job and the expectations set forth in the job posting.

Edit your resume before submitting

Before you send in your resume, do some fine editing to weed out any typos, spelling errors, or formatting inconsistencies. Ensure the whole resume is in the same font and color (stick with basic black).

Try to use strong action verbs in your bullet point descriptions that create interest, such as “created,” “developed,” and “produced.”

Double check that all of your information is accurate and not misleading in any way.

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