Q: I have no job experience and I am trying to write a resume for a job fair. How can I pump up my resume?
A: Well Steph, creating a resume can be a very intimidating task, even for those with years of experience. Nevertheless, it is something you absolutely must have, so let’s start with the basics. Your resume should have a contact section (which includes your name and contact information), a clear, concise objective, and sections that profile your education, professional and volunteer experience, your skills and abilities (including computer skills), and certifications, awards, and honors. A worksheet like this one should help you get these things out of your head and on paper.
Now let’s think about your objective, or the purpose for your resume, especially as it relates to this job fair. Is there a particular position your are interested in? a particular set of skills you want to be able to use on the job? Perhaps you are simply looking for an entry-level position that will allow you to utilize your outstanding communication skills. Believe it or not, that’s all you really need to say, especially if you aren’t sure of the titles you may be applying for.
After the objective, you should list your education. This section should include the name of your school, the dates you have attended, your anticipated date of graduation, your major, and any relevant coursework. You may then get into any awards or honors you have received, certifications, volunteer experience and the like.
Here is a link to one of my favorite sites about resumes, the Purdue Online Writing lab’s Resume Workshop. There are templates and samples for you to explore. Once you have formulated your resume, feel free to submit it to me for further critique. We can make sure that you are using keywords and phrases that will help you to stand out.