By Blake Byrd, Taylor Derevyanik, Basit Farrukh and Tiffany Thai
Every so often I run into this one word that I’m often perplexed by, that word is “adulting”. Not to be confused with the infamous word adultery. I see college students everywhere using this word to signify that, although they are not ready to grow up, they are throwing themselves into adult situations and trying to pull through them.
I have seen some college students tweeting about how doing basic tasks such as throwing in a doing a load of laundry, paying mortgage or rent, or filing their taxes is “adulting.” This word “adulting” is being used in an attempt to help us college students everywhere feel a sense of community; that we are all growing up together.
If you think you should be adulting right now, keep reading so you can land that job. You can begin adulting today by making your resume pop so that you can be ready for any upcoming career fair. We know you are terrified. Hey, I was too! This is why I am spreading my wisdom on to you.
No Need to Fear, Resume Help is Here
- Keep it short and sweet.
This is the most important part. Unless you’re a man or woman with years upon years of experience at various jobs and a LinkedIn profile longer than this article, then you need to keep your resume to a one-page maximum. You’re adulting, not an actual adult, so you don’t need to have years and years of experience to land a job.
- Keep it 100% professional.
Professionalism extends to your email address. In 2016, there is no room for that silly email you created while trying to be witty or remain anonymous in the early 2000s. Today, it is essential to create an email address that includes your full name. You also need to format it with a proper font and font size that does not show off your quirky personality. Let your glasses do that instead. And yes, that means none of that Comic Sans font.
- Relevant job, volunteer, and skill experience.
If you are not getting paid a legitimate hourly wage and/or salary for your work, it’s best to keep it off of your resume. Remember, you must keep your resume short and sweet by scaling it to a page maximum. If it’s volunteering, make sure it is with a legitimate charity because helping clean out your old neighbor’s attic does not count. If you do not have any history of employment, but are desperately trying to fill that page, use your skill set. With that being said, do not list skills that you think sound good but in reality do not know a lot about. Do not fluff up your resume just to get people interested in you because, when it comes to the interview, it will backfire.
- Use school experience.
If you lack work experience and are desperately trying to gain an internship, write down the classes that you have taken on your resume. Seriously! I had a friend who played in our college’s band while trying to get a degree in Supply Chain Management. Obviously, playing in the band did not translate well into anything relevant that recruiters were looking for when he would go to various career fairs. To make up for this, he started to not only include various classes he had taken for his degree, but also the competitions that he had participated in. Also, if your GPA has been negatively affected by from a few classes that are not in your major, put a separate GPA for your major. These are points of interests that can obtain a recruiter’s attention much faster than a job at your local fast food chain could ever do.
- Write a mission statement.
Some people also call it the objective section of your resume. It goes at the very top just below your name. This can either make you or break you. To write an effective mission statement, be sure to make it a decently sized sentence that spells out who you are to a T. Be sure it also relates to the job you are applying to or that it is broad enough to be relevant to a variety of positions. It should be not a half page, nor a short, five-word sentence. You are the only person who can make yourself interesting, and while I know it is hard, you have to get to it.
- Utilize proper spelling and grammar.
I know that this is obvious advice, but sometimes in the heat of the moment of, growing up, you need to get back to the basics. Since your resume is so simple and short, it should be easy to double-check your grammar with a word processor. However, if you still feel like your grammar is failing, you can always stop by your school’s writing center. I know this may sound a bit ridiculous due to the fact that the services typically offered at the writing centers are based around checking grammar in essays or helping improve students’ writing skills, but since you are already paying for these services, you might as well take advantage of them. Unlike the Recreation Center that you keep promising yourself you will totally take advantage of next semester.
- Use your university’s career services.
A a resume workshop is put on by the University of Houston’s our career services center every semester. There is always a good number of actual adults, the ones who are done adulting, dedicating their precious time helping students improve their resumes. So, if this article left you just as confused as when you started reading, run to one of these workshops. I went once for extra credit for one of my classes. I sat across from a lady who was incredibly sweet and knowledgeable. She helped me improve my resume by having me delete this, or expand on that. If your school doesn’t offer this kind of help, look into what career services they do provide. You can do it.
Your resume should be as adulting as you are now!
“Resume” is a completely adult word that triggers that instant adult reaction, much like the word taxes does. It is a completely necessary document created to show exactly who you are and what you are about. So, for those of you who do not feel like bothering their parents with this trigger word, we have your back. In this article alone, we have explained how to make your resume impactful.
So, to the students who feel like the word “adulting” completely defines them and are kind of afraid of what this article is trying to help them understand, we will hold your hand and make it okay. We are here for you. Now, go fix that resume and we’ll see you at the career fair!