I have been at my first full-time, legit, salaried job outside of college for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it! The small time away from school has already shown me what I regret a little about my college career. If you’re a recent grad like me, maybe some things on this list will resonate with you. And if you’re still slogging through college, take a peek through this list. Maybe my regrets don’t have to be yours.
It’s hard to make time for what you love, but seriously, instead of vegging out on Facebook for 15 minutes as a “break,” why didn’t I read for fun? I read now during my lunch breaks, and it’s amazing how refreshed I feel after just 25 minutes. Not to mention, during my last semester in school, I discovered that I could read while power walking on the treadmill. It made exercising much more fun. I wish I’d made more time for that in school rather than allotting little pockets of time for social media.
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Okay, so you’ve heard what to do on a résumé: action verbs, buzz words, clear organization, etc. But what if you don’t even know where to start? Like, the last résumé you did was for your high school barista job and you don’t think “hard worker” and “likes coffee” will quite cut it this time?
If you feel like you’re still at the drawing board, then check out these tips:
Functional or Chronological?
When you’re starting out, there isn’t a lot to put on your résumé in the first place, so trying to decide between functional or chronological order can seem rather superfluous. But eventually, you’ll want to have some rhyme and reason to your résumé. Most go with a chronological format, starting with your most recent job or internship. However, if you’re lacking a bit in experience or have significant gaps in your work list, then a functional résumé is going to be a better option because it will tailor itself more to the job description and help the reader focus collectively on what you’ve done.
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