Learning how to write a great looking resume or a scholaraship letter is one of the most important things that students need to do. After all, getting a job is the first thing that students need to do after they finish college. We should also mention that mastering the art of writing a great resume is going to help students get more scholarships since it shows their skills, experiences and outstanding personality traits.
What Skills To Use?
The first thing that we want to cover is the skills that you should make sure to implement in your resume. Keep in mind that these skills can also be used when writing a letter to a scholarship provider. Without any further ado, here are the top five hard and soft skills that always need to appear in a resume.
- Conflict Resolution;
- Ability to Work Under Pressure;
- Graphic Design;
- Planning/Event Planning;
- SEO/SEM Marketing;
The biggest mistake that people make when they are writing their first resume is that they don’t include any supplementary materials. This is a common mistake but today we are going to show you exactly what you need to do in order to avoid it. Down below you will find a list with the required supplementary materials for any resume, CV or scholarship letter.
- The cover letter
- Dissertation Abstract
- Scholarly interests & statement of research
- The teaching interests
- Course lists and transcripts
- The References
- Language preferences
The supplementary material that most people have issues with is #2 dissertation abstract. However, this is more complicated than it sounds. The dissertation abstract is used as a summary which shows what kind of contribution you can bring to a specific place in a scholarly or work context. This supplementary material can be basically used as a way to “show off” all the skills that you gained during extracurricular activities. We also want to mention that you can check out a comprehensive guide on how to request a reference letter by clicking here.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Now that we went over the essentials that all young students need to know when they are writing a resume or a scholarship letter, let’s check out which are the three most common mistakes that you should avoid in order to make your resume or scholarship letter stand out the most.
- Grammar is Important
We can’t stress enough the fact that grammar is super important. Your resume/scholarship letter needs to be “bullet proof” when it comes to grammar because if you use poor grammar, then the employer/scholarship provider might not take your request serious. We also want to note that you shouldn’t be too friendly in your writing style and keep things formal.
- Don’t Use Too Much Information
One of the most common mistakes that we see in resumes/scholarship letters is that people fill them up with lots of useless information. You should always make sure to present your most important skills and personality traits because things such as hobbies don’t matter that much.
- Template and Fonts
Our last tip for when writing a resume/scholarship letter is to never go crazy with the templates or fonts. The best thing that you can do is to keep it simple and to use professional-looking fonts such as Times New Roman, Ariel, Calibri and so on.