January 17, 2020


There are lots of fancy ways to write a resume, but the problem is not always that they are not fancy enough.  Often times, there is just too much going on in your resume.  In this segment, we are going to explain what a good resume will and will not have.  There are plenty of pitfalls in this area, and we are going to make sure that you successfully avoid them.  A good resume is the appetizer for your delectable application.


Keep It Simple, Stupid: The KISS Method


If you have ever spoken with a high rise executive about doing interviews for upper management, they will tell you that it can be either the worst or the best parts about their j0bs for three reasons: the people, the people, and the people.  It is the people who can make or break the application, interview process, and even their own resume.

One of the first things that an executive will notice is just how long your resume is.  A good resume is not long, it is to the point for a very specific reason.  These men and women who are doing the resume reviews have NO TIME.  This means that if your resume is more than two pages, they will automatically not feel like reading it and move to the next individual.

A good resume is not long.  It is to the point.  Simple state who you are and what you have accomplished in as few words as possible.


The Executive Connection


Who do you think that these application reviewers will be for your scholarship resume?  They will be the former executives of larger firms.  Especially in scholarship offices of corporations, these are the same guys doing HR job interviews.  So, what does this tell us?

The same methods you will use to get a job in a high rise corporate office will be the same methods you will use if you want to get your hands on scholarship funding.  In fact, you should probably keep that scholarship application, as it may be a useful tool to apply for a career after your undergraduate degree is complete.


Aspects of a Good Resume

As we said, the most defining aspect of a good resume is simplicity.  You have to keep it as to the point as possible.  With that said, the information you must include is the following:

  • Your GPA
  • Your volunteer and extra curricular activities in HIGH SCHOOL (do not list anything before that.  It is irrelevant and will take up too much space.)
  • Your work experience
  • Your purpose statement (should only be one sentence long)
  • Your references
  • A statement that says you can provide letters upon request
  • Your photo attached to the resume (stapled or glued) – This photo needs to look PROFESSIONAL.

If you are straight to the point with these aspects, your resume becomes irresistible.  Even if other resume’s are “stronger” than yours, the simplicity will attract attention, making it much easier to read.  You will impress the reviewer, and it might just be enough to get your foot in the door in the event that you might be somewhat outmatched by your competition.

If you remember that the people reviewing your resume have very little time and they are probably reviewing hundreds in a single day, then you make friends if your resume is easy to review.

A few more tips should include:

  • Always make sure that you are using either Times New Roman or Arial (absolutely nothing fancy)
  • Make sure that you are using bullet points, as this will make it much, much easier to read.
  • Get it proofread by a peer, or even better yet, your guidance councilor AND English teacher.