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Whether you’re still in college and applying for a part-time job on campus, or you’re a college graduate stepping into your career, it’s important to consider how others will view your resume, and what it might look like compared to countless of other resumes. Between the standard rules for resume writing and the need to stand out amongst dozens, or even hundreds of other applicants, designing a job-winning resume can be a difficult task.
An article entitled “Why I Tossed Your Resume,” by Brent Miller published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on April 17, 2012, discusses the reasons an Academic Program Specialist at Florida State University is able to narrow down nearly one-hundred applications to five in a matter of a few hours. He doesn’t read through the entire stack of applications cover-to-cover, and most of the people who read your application won’t either. Instead, he glances through in search for the top mistakes he says most resumes have. Amongst not being qualified for the position and using poor grammar, he mentions a lack of tailoring your application to the job you’re applying for to be one of the reasons he is likely to toss your resume. Instead of handing our copies of your resume like flyers, you need to take the time to cater each resume to the job you’re applying for. Simply substituting the company name in the cover letter is not going to cut it.
Brent Miller also recommends that you should never lie or exaggerate on your resume. Besides insisting that the truth will eventually come out, he mentions that your employer is going to be well-versed in their field–more well-versed than you. The likelihood that your employer knows the people, the companies, and the programs you’ve mentioned in your resume is pretty high. Lying about your achievements and experience is usually obvious to the employer.
The article also suggests that you take notice of the language utilized in the job posting, and that you use that same language in your application. If there are two words that describe what you know how to do, use whatever word they’ve used. By using the same language as what’s in the posting, you’re doing a better job at aligning yourself with that position. Don’t risk an employer skipping over your application because you were trying to fancy up your lingo. If they want a “Facebook Expert,” be the “Facebook Expert,” as opposed to a social media expert.
In addition to the suggestions supplied in the article, you may also want to consider your email address as well as what you’re naming your attachments. Create a professional email account with your first and last name. Save your attachments with a professional name that indicates you’ve tailored it for the job you’re applying for. Lastly, guard your online presence. Your employer will look up your Facebook account, Twitter account, blogs, and anything else you may have posted online. Keep your online presence professional.
Use these tips when you’re applying for summer jobs and internships to better your chances of being hired!
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As you near the end of your time in college, you’ll likely become more interested in spending your summers gaining experience for your future career and less interested in returning to smocks, name tags, and uniforms. But you probably haven’t touched your resume since you applied to this college. Let’s be honest, it might even still be on the family computer you’re not even sure still exists.
If you want to score an awesome summer job in your field, you’re going to need to jazz up your resume with the latest and greatest information about all you’ve done in the past few years. Here’s a list of ideas on how you can turn your high school list of clubs into a professional and career-worthy document.
Eliminate Fluff: When you were applying to college or to your first part-time job, the fact that you were on the soccer team and held the treasurer position for your 8th grade class was all really cool; however, now that you’re a college student, these facts aren’t as relevant. Clear away your middle school and high school activities to make way for your college accomplishments.
Get Classy: You may be concerned that without having yet completed college, you’ll be limited to mentioning the degree you’ll be obtaining and when, without being able to give more information on your current academics. The way around this is to discuss the classes you’ve taken. Pick a few courses relevant to the job you’re applying for, provide a brief description, and mention papers you’ve written or research you’ve done on given topics. Your ability to narrow in and discuss your relevant interests will be far more attractive than listing your graduation date.
Update Your References: You don’t want to apply for a summer job in your field with a resume that continues to list your soccer coach and your 10th grade math teacher (who now goes by her married name), as your references. Pick people who can speak about your academic accomplishments.
Work on Aesthetics: A three page resume in Comic Sans font looked pretty nifty in 11th grade, but when you’re trying to get a job in your field, you’ll need something more professional. Keep it tight by only including the most relevant information, with the most important and powerful words. Keep the font simple and readable. Print it out on nice paper, but nothing too ridiculous.
Provide Proof: For every piece of experience on your resume, provide the “so what?” or evidence of your accomplishments. For example, if you write that you were president of the jazz band, the reader of your resume might say “Ok, so what?” In a concise matter, tell them the “so what?”! Something like, “President of College Jazz Band: Organized rehearsals of 115 musicians, developed successful solution to keep track of uniforms that future presidents will utilize, etc.”
Be Relevant: You don’t have to rewrite a resume for each different job you apply to, but you can tweak it to include or highlight the essential skills each job is looking for. Make a list of the skills or qualifications the job position requires, and make sure your resume covers those points.
Include a Portfolio: While portfolios have stereotypically been used for those in art fields, they are being used more and more with many other majors as well. Teachers use them to show lesson plans, public relations reps use them to show press releases, and writers use them to show clippings. They can hold copies of certifications, news paper articles, photographs, drawings, essays, and more. Having something visual to show an employer not only looks good, but it also gives you a limitless amount of room to expand on what’s already in your resume.
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