Tailoring your resume to meet industry expectations and best practices can be a daunting task. NetAcad students have a lot of information to share about their qualifications. You want to be able to share details while keeping it concise and clear—not to mention, keeping the length close to one page.
To help you navigate creating an ideal resume, we have provided resume examples of former NetAcad students. Our NetAcad Advantage team members have provided feedback to two NetAcad students, on how to improve their resumes to make them stand apart from other applicants.
You can download the original resume to follow the feedback below; and access the updated resume to see how the feedback was incorporated. Please note: we have removed names and personal details to protect the privacy of the students.
There are many basics that should not be overlooked, such as:
It is crucial that you remember to tailor your resume to each position and include keywords mentioned in the job posting. Most companies use technology to remove resumes that do not match keywords, so do the extra work and give yourself a higher chance of making it past the first screening.
Also, stay consistent with how you word your resume. Use spell check and make sure you proofread your resume and ask someone else to edit it as well.
Also, if you have a LinkedIn profile, it is recommended to include your personal URL within your resume. They can view your LinkedIn resume to see the extra details that weren’t included on your resume. Be sure that your profile is up to date if you include the link in your resume.
Formatting and Design
Your resume should also follow a uniform design; use a template if you are unsure how to format the document. If your resume does not look good at first glance, it might get tossed in the wrong pile.
Feedback for Student One’s Resume
Student One: Resume – Original | Student One: Resume – Updated
Overall: This is a good resume from an individual with many skills; however we need to make it more concise for HR to read.
- Length – Should be summarized to two pages maximum
- Order of Content – Change the order to be: overview, work experience, followed by education. If you are applying where you live, you can leave the visa status off.
- Overview Section – Summarize into a shorter statement; try to keep it at two-three sentences.
- Skills Section – Instead of listing out all skills, pick the top three or four most relevant ones. Explain why you are exceptional at these.
- Communication – Try to provide a concrete example that shows what makes you good at communication.
- Work Experience – It is recommended that you list the top four to five responsibilities in each position, as the list can get too long otherwise. If you have specific achievements (projects, etc.), this would be a good place to highlight them.
- Technical Skills – Need to reduce this and summarize. A change in formatting that is a similarly stylized like the other sections in your resume.
- Qualifications – CCNA is unclear if you earned a certificate or completed the course. It is recommended to add a brief overview about NetRiders, and include the website link.
- Education – This section looks good, but it should be added that you studied at the Cisco Networking Academy, and list specific courses—if space allows.
Feedback for Student Two’s Resume
Student Two: Resume – Original | Student Two: Resume – Updated
Overall: This resume was done thoughtfully and was well structured. Although, there are some parts that can be improved—every resume is a work-in-progress. It is not necessary to include personal details such as birth date and marital status on your resume.
- Length – Need to reduce it to a maximum of two pages. A trick to keep the page length down is to keep references details off of the resume, provide them if the manager asks for it.
- Experience Section –For each position it is helpful to highlight the accomplishments and keep it to the top two to four. List your most recent work experience first, and then go backwards in chronological order. Also, ensure that the resume is specific to the job you are applying to.
- Spell Check – Make sure to check the spelling and tense of your resume. Minimize errors by proofreading.
- Certifications/Qualifications – It is good to break this into a separate category so that you can highlight accomplishments. It is important to include them, especially if you were a NetRider and qualified at a high level. Since not all employers know what it NetRiders is about, provide a link.
- Copies of Certifications – It isn’t necessary to include actual copies of your certifications. Keep them in a separate document under a different title. Provide them to the employer if they request them.
- Interests – Include personal interests and hobbies on your LinkedIn profile, this way it doesn’t take up valuable space on your resume.
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