Your resume is your introduction to a prospective employer of who you are, why you are qualified for the job, and what you bring to the company. A sloppy resume with typos, grammatical errors, or which is poorly formatted will likely be disregarded. Similarly, a resume which does not include any substance will not explain what you bring to the company, and will, ultimately, not get you that interview. Instead, you want to create a compelling resume which will impress prospective employers.

To do this, you will first want to find a template that works for you. Many recent graduates find templates that are over-the-top or which are very “creative.” The reason is to show how creative the recent graduate is. And while I give these graduates an A for effort, it simply gives a hiring manager a reason to disregard the resume. Instead, find a format that emphasizes your skills, education, and relevant experience in a slightly more traditional way. A properly formatted resume will do far more for your career that any “unique” resume. And if you are submitting a paper resume, avoid colored papers, adding scents, or any other gimmicks to “stand out.” This will, usually, lead to your resume simply going in the trash.

Next, be sure to add a powerful objective line. This is your opportunity to explain: “why you.” …