Skip Nav
What to Do If You Can't Answer an Interview Question
Job Search
What You Should Do If You're Stumped During an Interview
Job Search
5 Ways to Polish Up Your LinkedIn Profile
Tips For Entry-Level Job Seekers
Job Search
The Dos and Don'ts For Entry-Level Job Seekers

Resume Remedy 2008-05-28 12:32:54

A More Grown-Up Résumé, Remedied

TeamSugar member cherylrc is hoping to "make her résumé look more adult and less college student," and shared her résumé in my Résumé Remedy group to get some tips on how to make these improvements. She's tailoring her résumé for jobs in event planning and coordination, and she definitely isn't short of experience. From managing events at well-known restaurants to working as a self-employed wedding planner, cherylrc sure seems to know what she's doing!

  1. Be less redundant: I think she could remove the last two positions currently listed. They don't tell me anything new and simply repeat responsibilities she's had in more current positions. Instead, expand on other positions that are lacking in detail and add information to make each experience stand out. The idea is to paint a picture of overall experience that shows some connectedness between positions, while making it clear that she's grown over the years and has made an impact in each job.

Check out my other suggestions and then feel free to share your own! Just


  1. Step it up: For example, she needs to explain what makes her special as a wedding planner and not just list the expected bullet points. Everyone knows that a wedding planner's job is to plan weddings, and in order to impress employers she needs to convince them of your experience — this is where her résumé will get that adult shine she's seeking. Referencing numbers like how many weddings she typically juggles during peak season, and it may be appropriate to mention well-known venues for weddings she's planned if she's applying for local jobs. Apply this mentality to each position.
  2. Share more of yourself: She should include any education after professional experience, and if she's still in school that can be shared with her expected graduation date. Also, any other affiliations like community work are welcome additions to résumés because they suggest a more well-rounded candidate.
  3. Grammar police: Pay attention to grammar and especially tense. I probably sound like a broken record in discussing the tense issue, but there's a reason for it. Your résumé is an employer's first impression of you, and the last thing you want is for them to think you may not be well spoken. So, "planning and executing weddings efficiently" should be "plan and execute weddings efficiently" because it's a current job. And in a job from 2006, "direct contact with kitchen" should instead read "directed contact with kitchen."
From Our Partners
How to Say No in a Nice Way
Reasons to Go Back to School as a Mom
What Is Deep Work?
Why Getting Fired Can Be a Good Thing
Why Having Kids Is Good For Your Career
Interview With Lively CEO Michelle Cordeiro Grant
What It's Like Being Married to Someone Who Does Shift Work
How to Use Emotional Intelligence in a Job Interview
Woman Denied a Second Job Interview After Asking About Pay
Best Interview Tips From Recruiters
What Is Thrive by Arianna Huffington?
How Can I Make My LinkedIn Profile Better?
From Our Partners
Latest Career & Finance
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds