SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
Students are constantly asking us how to write a high-quality, impactful resume. Therefore, we're providing a how-to series that offers a step-by-step, top-to-bottom approach to writing a resume. As you read each post, complete a review and improvement of your document following our advice. At the end of the series, we'll reveal our improved resumes to you.
Your header is the title of your resume, and the first piece of information a recruiter will see. It provides a quick reference to your contact information and it is the first impression. Therefore, it is important to keep it neat and informative.
We are two students setting out on a journey to polish up our resumes. Here are two samples of what our original headers looked like when we started this project.
My name is Monika and I am the author of this post. When I first wrote my resume, I quickly looked up resume templates online and copied the first one I saw. This was not a good idea. My original is not wrong, it is just not the best design.
The way Maggie and I have our resume headlines laid out is not necessarily wrong. However, after doing more research on headers we realized that a more organized, cleaner look would be better on the eyes and leave a strong first impression! To quote resumelab, one of our sources of information, “If you mess up your resume header, the recruiter will think you’re sloppy."
Our advisor, Dr. Craig Engstrom, who owns his own resume writing and LinkedIn consulting business, recommends including these features in your resume headline:
When reviewing these resources, Maggie said, “I realized my resume isn’t pleasing to look at, it almost looks like a bunch of information in a block; by separating it and editing it, it looks more pleasing and easier to read.” Here is our revised headers:
With these pieces of advice in mind, and using our examples as inspiration, we hope you will be able to touch up your resume and make your header a cherry on top of a delicious document!
Stay tuned for the rest of our resume writing tips!
Monika Fudala is currently studying Communication Studies https://www.siucmst.org/ at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She also holds the position of Human Resource Manager of the Communication Career Council https://www.siucmst.org/siuc3.html in hopes of becoming a HR leader after graduation in Summer 2021.