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Resume Toolkit: August 2019

Job searches can really weigh on you, especially if you've been searching for a while. Similarly, resumes can easily feel bogged down with information, level of detail, and design elements. 

This month's toolkit presents an alternative. The resume employs a light typeface and utilizes an overall simplistic style to achieve a more lightweight, sophisticated look and feel—without looking sparse or uncomprehensive. The text plays off of its surrounding white space, without being overtaken by it, so you can feel confident that recruiters, hiring managers, interviewers, mentors, and other readers will not get lost when trying to learn more about you and your background. You can also use the cover letter and follow up letter, as well as rely on your references, to provide any additional clarifications and anecdotal evidence of your experience.  

instructions: 

  • Click the document you want to use (or 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.

  • Once satisfied with your changes, you should Download as... a PDF document (.pdf) from the File drop-down menu. 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 for specific opportunities.

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