Steps to Success: Résumé Basics to Get Your Foot in the Door
Roxanne Flores, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is Vice President, Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at Meredith Corporation, a role she assumed in April 2018 when the company acquired TIME, Inc. Roxanne oversees all aspects of the company's human resources worldwide, including talent development, employee engagement, labor relations and compensation and benefits.
Hey Chica, congratulations on having completed your self-branding exercise last week! While difficult, there was a purpose for that endeavor. You now know who you are and hopefully feel better positioned to determine where you want to go next.
Wondering what to do now with that valuable information? Let's put pen to paper and write the story of you in resumé form. Remember: your resumé is your figurative foot in the door; it's the first opportunity you will have to attract attention, so make it count.
What's in a good resumé?
- Your name and contact information
- An objective describing your employment aspirations
- Be specific, demonstrate flexibility and provide examples of strong work ethic. Don't tell them you are a team player without providing examples.
- Education, including study abroad experience (if applicable)
- Honors and awards
- Relevant skills
- You may be fresh out of college and not have a ton of job experience. However, tell them about your internships, volunteer activities, projects, etc. What you lack in career experience you can make up with ambition.
What to avoid in your resumé
- Your photo (not customary in the U.S., unlike in some Latin American countries. So, yes, pull a Beatriz in Yo soy Betty, la fea: no pics!)
- Your birthdate and/or social security number (save that info for after you're hired)
- Brightly colored or perfumed paper (sorry, Elle Woods!)
- Overused business jargon like ‘go-getter,' ‘synergy,' or ‘go-to person.'
- Highlighting duties instead of accomplishments
- An inappropriate email address
Please, please make sure you have someone else proofread it for you. Typos are not cool! Writing is a high-level task. When we are proof reading our own work, we know the meaning we want to convey —which is why we frequently miss when gaps, misspellings or grammatical errors occur.
Go for it, ¡manos a la obra! You only have everything to gain. Until next week.