March 18, 2022
When getting ready to enter any specific industry, there are certain things you need to know to land the perfect job. The content and formatting of your resume allow you to stand out to employers and show off your experience. Your resume is your chance to put your best foot forward and showcase your achievements to impress potential employers. At Generation NEXT Energy Pros, we want to help you find your perfect fit in the energy industry in Connecticut. That is why we’re providing our top tips for developing your resume. Keep reading to learn what to include and what to omit to create an exceptional, stand-out resume.
What to Include on Your Resume
When creating a resume, there are must-include sections and content to make sure you stand out among other applicants.
- Graduation status: If you’re a recent grad in CT, congrats! Be sure to include your graduation information on your resume, and you should also include any GPA awards or honors recognition you received upon completion of your program. If you haven’t graduated yet and have an anticipated graduation date, you can put that down instead to give employers an idea of when you’ll be available for full-time work.
- Educational experience and relevant coursework: Include your trade school experience and any relevant coursework that contributes to your career goals. Information about your education is valuable and relevant to energy companies deciding on candidates to interview.
- Awards and achievements: If you have any endorsements from instructors or employers, these are a great way to demonstrate your skills and competence. Even better, consider adding a quote from a trusted mentor or school instructor who can testify for your work.
- Experience (work and volunteer): If you’ve done any work or volunteer work, include it because employers want to see that you’ll be a successful candidate.
What to Leave Out of Your Resume
While there are certain must-have sections on your resume, knowing what to leave off can also help land you the interview:
- Solid walls of text: Unfortunately, employers don’t have tons of time to carefully read through each and every resume they come across. Instead, use bullet points and clearly defined sections that will help employers quickly get all the information they need without becoming overwhelmed or frustrated.
- Unprofessional email addresses: Simply put, use a professional email address based on your name. Email addresses are free and easy to create, and it will make it easy for employers to communicate with you.
- Irrelevant personal information: Resumes are supposed to be short, quick, and easy to read. Save more in-depth discussions for interviews. Hiring managers are looking for information that shows you’ll be a great employee, such as work experience and school awards.
- Fonts or colors that are difficult to read: Use dark and easy-to-read fonts, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma, or Calibri. Use only one or two simple fonts. Experiments with color should be minimal, such as putting your name and headers in a navy color to help them stand out.
Now That You’re Ready to Land an Interview, Take the Next Step
Our job-search website works differently than regular job boards. Rather than applying to dozens of jobs that hundreds of people are competing for, you can reach out to local employers with job openings to make personalized connections and secure a great position. Create your profile for free, or log into your existing account to view local employers and available energy positions!