3 tips for a ‘hyper-focused’ resume to grab recruiters’ attention at a job fair

Your resume can make or break your chances of getting a new job opportunity. Though some hiring managers and recruiters may spend time thoroughly scanning your resume, at a career fair, you usually only have seconds to make a good impression.

In this current competitive job market, it’s important for candidates, especially new graduates, to have a resume that’s eye-catching and informative. 

Emily Liou, a career happiness coach and founder of job search platform Cultivitae, has reviewed thousands of resumes over her almost 10-year career in recruiting and career coaching, and says your resume is “a marketing tool, not a tell-all of everything you’ve done”

“Crafting a resume can be a bit more challenging for a career fair because you’re not tailoring it to just one organization or one position.”

Based on Liou’s advice, these three tips can help you make sure your resume is career fair ready:

Be clear and concise

Perfect your personal summary

Your professional summary is the first thing a recruiter will see at the top of your resume. Liou says this part of the resume is especially crucial for college students and recent graduates, who may not have established work experience yet.

“The professional summary should be able to tell the employer who you are before they even have to dissect your experience, your education, your internships and so forth.”

After the professional summary, Liou suggests formatting the rest of the resume in this order:

  1. Skills: Snapshot the hard, technical abilities that you’ve learned throughout your career or education
  2. Experience: Relevant to the direction you want to go
  3. Volunteer Work: Extracurricular activities that have contributed to your professional success
  4. Education: Name your institution along with your GPA upon graduation

Keep it simple

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