A Unique Resume (Avoid It)

The dreaded resume.  How to condense your entire existence into a page?

Even more importantly, how to format it?

Our lives our messy, complicated, glorious, full of color, ups, downs, beautiful chaos.  In a sentence: your resume should be none of those things.  It should be everything you aspire to be: elegant, clean, simple and easy to understand.

Yup. Definitely Avoid It.

Someone (let’s call him Mr. Glitter) once sent me his resume for editing and the first thing I noticed was Mr. Glitter’s proclivity for the “out of the ordinary” (to put it mildly).  It wasn’t that the content was unique.  He was a typical law student looking for a typical post-grad position at a big law firm.  However, he used the strangest combination of fonts, bullets, and accents (underlining, bolding, italicizing, etc.)  I had ever seen.  When I asked him why he had taken this route, he explained, “I want my resume to stand out from the rest.”

And here is a simple resume pit fall for you to avoid:  your resume should never stand out.  The content on your resume should.

Avoid strange paper, scents, non-standard fonts, type sizes and layouts.  Make sure there are no typos, grammatical or formatting errors.  Also, don’t lie and keep the fluff to a minimum.  Remember my version of the mantra K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, silly).  Instead of adding superficial flair to your resume to make it look like a Las Vegas show girl, make sure you have devoted enough time to your academics, your job performance and your extracurricular activities to come across as a well-rounded, intelligent, organized and capable person that everyone would want in their office.

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