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Include all community service and volunteer work

[A]dd any volunteer or community service experiences you may have had and add a list of your relevant coursework to the education section of your resume. Also, add any accomplishments or awards that you have earned either at school or at work. Employers are also interested to know if you paid for your education or if you are bilingual and those items can be included on your resume too.

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Build upon your experiences as much as possible, you have more than you think

Try to build out the experience you do have, even if it doesn’t seem substantial at first. Use power verbs to describe what you’ve done (you can find lists of these types of phrases easily online). Particularly, try to show your creativity and innovation skills, your critical thinking and problem solving skills, and your communication and collaboration skills.

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Build upon your experiences, but me mindful of the fluff

[Y]ou do want to mindful of fluff or too much unnecessary information [because] that isn't going to be critical to whether you are considered for the job or not.

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Highlight assignments that relate to your desired career field

[H]ighlight projects/group assignments that you've worked on that relate to your desired career field.

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List some of your hobbies, especially if they relate to the job opportunity

If you decide to include personal information on your resume, I suggest including any hobbies you may have or community groups you are involved in. i.e. hiking, traveling etc. No need to go into great detail, keep it high-level and appropriate.

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Don’t stretch the truth on your resume

While you always want to make sure you "highlight" your skills pertaining to the job you're inquiring about, you want to make sure you don't "cushion" your resume with information that isn't true. You will always have the opportunity to make yourself and your skills shine during an interview.

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If you’re new to the workforce, you really only need a one page resume

I suggest keeping your resume to one page, highlighting your education, extracurricular activities and any jobs you held while attending school.

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