Hello, my friends! I’m excited to be sharing a great e-book and resource with you from one of my blogger buds, Ruby of Positively Brave. She is a career coach for twenty-somethings and created a this really phenomenal, concise e-book on creating great resumes. Since y’all know I’m all about professional development, I thought I’d share my thoughts on this resource, as well as share with you how you can get your mitts on your own copy.
*I will not be sharing photos of the e-book out of respect for Ruby and the hard work she has put into this book. Trust me, you’ll want to get your hands on this book AND it’s super affordable. That being said, Ruby did send me a copy of her e-book for my review – all opinions are honest and 100%, completely my own.
This book is divided into seven chapters and includes a checklist at the very end for you to use as you are going through and creating/editing your kick ass resume.
Now, onto the good stuff, the actual content.
The first chapter talks about what a resume is and why having one is important for internships and job applications.
Chapters Two Through Six:
The logistics of building a resume including:
- What goes on a resume
- What DOES NOT go on a resume
- Step-by-step guide for how to build your own resume including customization and design
(More on the blog: Job Interview Series: How to Prepare a Resume)
Throughout these chapters, Ruby spills some great tricks of the trade on how to make your resume really pop. That being said, I have a few notes about what has worked for me when creating a resume in addition to what Ruby included.
- I have never had room on my resume for both a bio and a list of skills. Ruby suggests including one or both on your resume – I highly recommend including your skills over your bio. While your resume does need a bit of personality, ultimately it’s about your qualifications and your skills – how can you add to the work environment?
- Play up the things you do well. Throughout high school and my first year of college, it seemed like everyone I talked to wanted to hit me over the head with ‘strong, action verbs’ when I was creating my resume. In case you don’t know what action verbs are, they are verbs that specify how you did what you did. For example, rather than writing “went to weekly training sessions and participated in discussions” it would be stronger to say “actively participated in weekly training sessions and lead discussion groups.” See the difference? Play up your expertise by letting your words demonstrate the role you played in doing all of these things.
- Only mention hobbies or other interests if you (a) don’t have a lot of work experience and/or (b) you have learned skills that are transferable to the position you are applying for. If your hobbies/interests don’t fall into either of those categories, they are probably best left off of your resume and could be use as an ice breaker or casual conversation during an interview.
- PLEASE PROOFREAD YOUR RESUME. PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE. Ruby has a whole paragraph in one of her chapters dedicated just to proofreading, but seriously, do it. There is nothing more unprofessional than reading a typo, god forbidden several typos, in a resume.
- Don’t include references unless they are asked for – even then provide them on a separate page. Not only does that keep everything organized, but including references on your actual resume is taking up valuable space to talk about your qualifications. Use your (limited) space wisely.
All in all, I think Ruby’s e-book is a great resource to have on hand if you find yourself frequently revising your resume and/or if you are looking to create your first professional resume. The best part? This e-book is super affordable – perfect for every budget. How do you get it? Click here.