OMG should my Education be at the top or bottom of my resume?
Do I need to have a Professional Summary? (Actually, what IS a Professional Summary?)
What about the Skills section? I mean, everyone knows Microsoft Office, so do I need to put it?
Do I have enough buzzwords so that the ATS will pick it up and a recruiter will get back to me and I’ll finally feel like I’m making a dent in my job search process?!?!
Jena, tell me. What should I DO?!
To which, I would respond. Friend, you. need. to. chill. out.
I get it, writing your resume can be really stressful. There are so many competing schools of thought on formatting, content and phrasing. Do you have too much? Not enough? What if you get it wrong and it causes you to miss out on your dream job? What if that one bullet is not impactful enough and you’re immediately put in the discard pile? What if the internship you had 10 years ago won’t fit on the page? What do you do?
Again, my mantra is - stop stressing about it. I promise you, it’s all going to be okay. In my humble opinion, too many people focus all their time and attention on their resume, particularly the formatting aspect. What they don’t realize is that your resume is a tool. It’s not the second coming of Jesus. In reality, you should be spending more time on the other aspects of the job search - networking, interview prep, LinkedIn. Oh, did I mention networking?
Your resume will get you in the door, but it’s not going to land you the gig. Plain and simple.
So quit stressing about your resume.
Make it clean.
Make it concise.
Make it one page.
Make it showcase your accomplishments.
And move on.
Focus your attention on how you’re going to get that resume in front of the right person. Stop fussing about whether your font should be Times New Roman or Arial. I promise you, it really doesn’t matter.