Resume Toolkit: Simple + Customizable
One of the reasons the part two was started is to give a voice to young people, including up-and-coming professionals. "Voice" encompasses a lot of different things, and is connotative of visibility, opportunity, individuality, and community. As a recent high school or college graduate, being able to use your voice to effectively "brand" your own identity, as well as your skills and accomplishments, becomes exponentially more important when seeking employment. With time and practice, your voice will get louder, your brand stronger, and, overall, you will gain more confidence!
One of the best ways to market yourself against other job candidates is to make sure that the documents you submit with applications are not only consistent, clean-cut, and informative, but also reflective of your personality and capabilities. Hence why black-and-white, Times New Roman resumes and supplementary materials are becoming less and less favorable.
The Internet is overflowing with advice and even templates you can use, but it is important to not just fill in your info and send them off to companies. Rather, these should be used as an outline to build upon and time should be taken to really make your own.
To help young professionals looking to hone your messaging and make creating and updating documents as easy as can be, we're kicking off our monthly Resume Toolkit series with a straightforward, yet universally attractive set, made accessible to all on Google Docs. The matching letterhead on these resume, cover letter, reference list, and follow up letter templates are sure to impress recruiters and hiring managers across industries. They also allow you to make them your own, with simple changes to colors, fonts, and order of elements.
Click the document above that you want to use (or the link to the full set) to open in Google Docs.
Go to File > Make a copy...
In the dialog box that pops up, change the name of the document as you please and select the folder in My Drive that you would like to save it to. Do not check any boxes before clicking "OK."
Now that the document is saved to your personal drive, you can insert your name, contact information, and other details into the template. Make it your own!
Once satisfied with your changes, you should Download as... a PDF document (.pdf) from the File drop-down menu and save to your device. This ensures that the document is displayed as intended when uploaded to job applications, when printed, and when emailed to recruiters.
Also make sure to keep your documents in your Google Drive so you can easily come back and update details or tailor/save for specific opportunities!