Tips for Boosting Your Resume

During this very competitive job market, many are concerned with making their resume stand out to employers, in order to increase their chances of getting a job.  In addition to your education, employment, extracurricular activities, and accomplishments, here are some tips on boosting your resume to make it more unique.

1) Computer knowledge.  In our age of technology, most companies require use of computers, and of course, it is very possible to have computer skills without having a computer science degree.  You may wish to list some programs that you know how to use, such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop.  Perhaps you may have a background in web design.  Also, if you know any computer programming languages, you can definitely list those in the "skills" section.  Lastly, especially important for marketing positions is the ability to use social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

2) Foreign languages.  Knowing foreign languages can be important for almost all careers, as they allow you to interact with a lot more people.  Whether you know grew up speaking a foreign language, or you simply just took a few foreign language classes, you can list those.

3) Publications.  Enthusiastic writers write novels, scientists may contribute to scientific journal publications, and anyone can contribute to a blog.  If you have any of these types of publications, be sure to include it, because not only does it demonstrate your writing skills, but it also provides samples of your past work to physically show your employer that you have great work experience.

4) Charity and philanthropy events.  If you have ever participated in any fundraising events, such as dance marathons, that had charity goals, you can list these as well, since these types of events demonstrate that you have passion and commitment towards goals, and that you are a generous person, willing to give back.

5) Classes outside of your major.  If you have ever taken a college class outside of your major and think that class is relevant to the job you are applying for, be sure to put it on your resume.  For example, if you want to be a teacher, you can write about some education classes you may have taken.  If you are applying to journalism, you can write about some English or writing classes.


6) Travel experiences.  Traveling experiences can be relevant to your resume if you did work there.  For example, you may have done a journalism report in a foreign country, taught English to foreign students, volunteered with underpriviliged communities, or done something to facilitate international public relations with a company.  These experiences are extremely impressive and unique.  Also, if what you did was part of a study abroad program, then that would go under the "education" section of your resume.


7) Certifications.  Certifications, such as CPR certification, would be important if you are applying to a job in healthcare or as a lifeguard.  Perhaps you have a certification in something like nursing or emergency response.  You would want to put these down, as they represent your past experiences and your abilities to act under intense pressure.  A teaching certification would also be important even if you are not applying to educational careers, because it can demonstrate that you have knowledge in public speaking and communication.

8) Personal website.  If you have a personal website, such as through LinkedIn, then you can write it at the top near your contact info.  Having a personal website is a very great and efficient way to showcase your talents, because you can upload samples of your past work onto this website, especially if you are a photographer or graphic designer.


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