On Resuming your Résumé

By Aparajita 2021-04-02

It is that time of the year when you’re on a hunt for internships, research opportunities, or investors to support your innovative entrepreneurial ventures. With many of your peers on the lookout for the same, it is very much Sparta. You must bring out the war paint, put your best foot forward.

What gives you an edge you ask? Why, the way you present yourself, we présumé. Here are some tips and tricks to create the perfect résumé!

In a great résumé, there’s an implied C. In fact, there are three! A solid résumé should be:

  • Clear

  • Compelling

  • Concise

Typically, people glance at a résumé for all of eight minutes, so it’s your job to weave information into your document in the most efficient and aesthetic ways. To give your résumé that professional gloss, you can choose a template from Canva (for free!). Pick fonts that are legible and easy to breeze through. Serif fonts such as Garamond and Calibri are your best friends. Steer far, far away from Comic Sans >shudders<

Start by listing your contact details so that the reader is able to get in touch easily – essentially your name, mailing and email address, and your contact number. This is also where you slip in the URLs of your fancy blogs and relevant social media handles for easy access.

When you gave that presentation in class, your classmates snoozing was a great help; it made you less nervous. Avoid that! Hook your reader with a compelling heading. Try something like: “Amiable high school student with passion for fine arts. Seeking to leverage top scores at X Art Institute and workshops at Y Centre into weekly classes of Art Therapy at Z Organization.”

Move on to the Education section by listing all relevant achievements. Excellent AP grades, board examination, and SAT scores are great, but if your grades aren’t exceptional, you can cleverly include related coursework apart from your school curriculum.

For the Work Experience section, list your past internships, research endeavors, freelance gigs, that resonate strongly with your chosen field. Since a résumé must be contained in a single page, handpick the most significant and/or recent work-related achievements.

If you think you’ve got mad skills, your peers are probably thinking along the same lines. Include skills that best highlight your profile and coincide with your employers’ needs. To effectively use space (and earn extra brownie points), graph your hard and soft skills. Chuck any you think would earn you an eye-roll!

You may add an additional section chronicling your extracurriculars, official certificates, awards, hobbies, or languages, - contingent upon what you think might best appeal to your reader. Use action verbs such as ‘led’, ‘researched’, or ‘created’ and numbers to back your work up. Avoid articles. And do not forget to edit and proofread extensively! An ‘unimportant’ typo might chafe your reader the wrong way. After ten million revisions(!), be sure to convert the document to a PDF so as to preserve all the sweet formatting. And if you spot a typo once you’re through, take a deep breath and resume all over again 😊!

Note: A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is simply an extended version of a résumé. Although you’d be tempted to cram more and more information in, it’s best to wrap up a CV within three pages tops!