What is the most important aspect of Professional Resume Writing?

One of the biggest mistakes which candidates make with their resume writing or CV writing is preparing the document from their point of view. I recently sat down with a young lady who had graduated university top of her class and was seeking a role with one of the large law firms. She had written her professional resume and cover letter and was now ready to begin the application process. The resume was perfectly formatted and presented. As a graduate with no prior work experience she focused her professional resume on her academic achievements and also the extra curricular activities and community work she had been involved with over the years. From a readers perspective I was able to gain a very good first impression or insight into this candidate. Everything was perfect besides one major element. At the top of her resume was her name which she had bolded to make it stand out but had also changed the font colour to pink!

Does a Professional Resume have pink colour?

I couldn’t believe my eyes that she had decided to use a pink font on her resume. When I asked her why she had done this she said that she liked the colour and it also made her name stand out.

The most important aspect of writing a professional resume is targeting it towards the person who will be reading the resume. In this situation the hiring manager may be a partner in a law firm. Imagine how seriously a partner will take a resume application which has a potential candidates name in pink.

Another mistake many candidates make is trying to make their resume stand out from their competition by using fancy fonts or borders. A well formatted and presented resume and most importantly targeted resume, will stand out because of its professionalism. A hiring manager can easily identify the difference between a “fraud” resume with “bells and whistles” and a “legitimate” resume.

Ensuring that your resume stands out from the crowd is not about making the document a piece of art. How many times have you seen a resume being framed and hung up on the wall? The aim of the resume is to portray to the reader the value you can offer the business or organisation.

Remember that your resume is the first impression a hiring manager will make. Make sure that your first impression portrays the right professional image.

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25 College Blogs for the College Student!

Here is a list of my favourite top 25 blogs for the college student. These great blogs are fun, informative and provide great tips and advice for the college student or recent graduate


Life After College

There’s no manual for the real world. Find resources for life, work, money, happiness, personal growth, productivity and more:  http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/

Graduated And Clueless

Graduated And Clueless is Your Source for Conquering Life After College! http://graduatedandclueless.com/

Life is like a box of chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” http://www.lifeschocolates.com/

Hooking Up Smart

HookingUpSmart.com aims to support women and men in their search for meaningful relationships http://www.hookingupsmart.com/

The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is a blog for those of us who need both cents and sense http://www.thesimpledollar.com/

Google Student Blog

Google news and updates especially for students http://googleforstudents.blogspot.com/

My Very Worst Date

War zone reporting from the dating trenches: yellers, criers, freeloaders, psychos, the depraved, etc http://www.myveryworstdate.com/

The “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks

A moderated blog with user-submitted pictures of quotation marks used improperly, with humorous commentary. http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

Green Smoothie Girl

Helping you achieve extraordinary health eating whole foods. http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/

Student Branding Blog

Navigating Students to Future Success! http://studentbranding.com/


We started this site, because after College we found ourselves, as well as many of our friends, going through the “After- college crisis.” http://themadgrad.com/

Courting Your Career

Match yourself with the perfect job http://courtingyourcareer.wordpress.com/


Gearfire is a student productivity and organization blog, bringing you tips for academic success. http://www.gearfire.net/


We decided to start making T-shirts because we want people to have fun, laugh, look good, feel comfortable http://blog.bustedtees.com/


Relax grab a beer and read what HoboStudent.com has to offer. http://hobostudent.com/

Surviving College Life

Surviving College Life is every student’s guide to the ins and outs of college. http://www.survivingcollegelife.com/

Every College Girl

The concept is simple: “things every college girl should know” http://everycollegegirl.com/

Lazy Man and Money

Lazy Man and Money is my personal journal where I explore how I can save money and make more money. http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/

Man vs. Debt

Sell your crap. Pay off your debt. Do what you love http://manvsdebt.com/

Overheard at College.com

Overheard something funny or interesting on campus? Post it Here! http://www.overheardatcollege.com/

Ivy Gate

News, gossip and commentary blog that covers the Ivy League http://www.ivygateblog.com/

College Candy

Read, frollick, comment, catfight: Have it out at CollegeCandy http://collegecandy.com/


Photographs of vaguely threatening signs, notes and messages http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/

The Prereq

The Prereq: Required reading for your college world http://theprereq.com/

Poorer Than You

Money issues for college students and 20-somethings, without being boring http://poorerthanyou.com/

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Ways to boost your resume while you’re still in college

The job market is tough out there, especially for graduates who are competing against thousands of others for the same jobs. The way you construct your resume and cover letter will definitely give you a leg up on the competition, but there are also other ways to improve the content that you include on your resume.

One problem that graduates are typically faced with is the fact that they have little to no work experience. Employers obviously understand this, so they won’t hold this against you, but they also understand that opportunities to gain real-world experiences are available to students all the time. The students who take advantage of these opportunities are usually the ones who will stand out to hiring managers.

Students have access to a variety of resources. They can apply for a number of internships or volunteer positions, most of which are unpaid, and these types of positions are usually easy to find within your school. Internships are designed to not interfere with your school work; they typically occupy only a few hours a week and they do not impact your ability to study or complete your course work. While working for free may not be at the top of your list, you need to realize that it will give you an advantage over your competition and it’s in your best interest to jump at the opportunity.

Just think about it from a hiring manager’s point of view. He or she is deciding between 2 candidates for a position. Both received excellent marks in school and both have beautifully written resumes and cover letters. One, however, used one of his summers to intern for 12 weeks. Looking at these applications strictly from a qualifications point of view, which one do you think has a slight edge over the other?

Sure there are tons of factors that can influence one candidate’s qualifications over another, but your best chance is to always stay ahead of the competition. Experience is never frowned upon.

Good luck!

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