Monday, March 10, 2014

PRactical: Résumés

Here at Under PRessure, we're always learning the ins and outs of the industry, and we want to share those tips with you! This feature is PRactical advice for interning and working in the PR world.

Yep, that's what I look like editing my resume.
All right ladies and lads, fire up your laptop, open up your (latest) résumé and let's get to it!

We know, we know—there are so many sources on this topic. However, we felt the need to address it since this site is for young professionals and the cornerstone to starting and building your career is your résumé.

Here's a quick list of helpful hints we've gathered over years of résumé (re)writing:
  • Tailor: Yes my friends, you need to tailor not only your cover letter, but your résumé, for each job. You want your most relevant experience for that job to be the most prominently displayed. Do this especially if you're applying for different positions within the same organization. The hiring manager will notice.
  • Proofread: You need to proofread your résumé, you need your best friend to proofread your résumé, you need your mentors to proofread your résumé, you need your professors to proofread your résumé —the point is the more eyes that proofread your résumé, the better.
  • Help: Don't be afraid to ask for help writing your résumé. Any of the people mentioned in the proofreading section would be able to help you round out your résumé. They may think of experiences or skills you might not. Again, it's never a bad thing for extra eyes or minds when compiling your résumé.
  • Feature Skills: Try to feature skills that would set you apart or that would be an unexpected help to the company that you're sending your résumé to. Are you a writer? Featuring knowledge of SEO would help you stand out and shows that you're as savvy a writer online as you might be in print.
What tips do you have for résumé writing? Let us know via Twitter!

Until next time,

Your Girls Under PRessure

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