Learning how to present yourself on paper can be challenging—especially if you aren’t prepared. So before attending your next career fair, be sure to tap into these tips and tricks to perfect your resume. After all, your future job could depend on it!
Typically, you can access a list of employers who will be attending the career fair. Get a step ahead of competitors by researching these companies. Not only will this help you decide which potential jobs you might be interested in, but this will also help you prioritize which companies you want to meet. This tip is critical to perfecting your resume for a career fair.
Tailor your resume
After you explore the list of companies who will be attending the fair, it is a good idea to develop multiple versions of your resume. Catering your resume for different job titles, responsibilities or company cultures allows you to engage with a greater variety of employers.
For example if you are pursuing a degree in business administration, you may want a separate resume for managerial positions than finance or marketing focused roles. This allows you to highlight strengths unique to each job position.
Focus on main points
Clear, concise resumes are the most powerful! Aim to keep your resume on one page, so employers can easily scan over your experiences and skills. Since employers get handed so many resumes at career fairs, it is important to highlight main points by making them bold or indenting them.
Edit. Edit. Edit.
Resumes act as a first impression, so it is crucial to have another set of eyes edit your resume before handing it to a prospective employer. Poor formatting, grammar errors, spelling mistakes and even resume length can determine if employers invite you back for an interview or not.
Career Services is a free resource for South College students. They are available to help you prepare professional resumes and cover letters, so you can be ready for any career fair!
Not only can these resume writing tips help you stand out at a career fair, but they can also help you when applying to a job. Look at even more do’s and don’ts for writing the perfect resume and cover letter to assure you are ready!