Disclaimer: This title does not by any means indicate that following these instructions will get you a job. There is much, much more involved to the hiring process than the resume.
Hello again everybody! I hope that you’re all ready for a real treat as I plan to discuss EVERYTHING there is to know about resumes. Sike! I am obviously kidding. I’m sure no one has the time to spare for that. Instead I am going to give you some basic information about resumes, like where to begin and so on.
I am really excited to briefly explain the basics of resumes and I hope no one is reading this thinking, “here we go again, another speech about resumes.” I’m sure some of you are up-to-date and already know enough about resumes. If that’s the case then I tip my hat to you, but others may not feel as confident. Plus, there is always room for improvement. How often have you heard 2 people in a row tell you that your resume is perfect as it is? As students and potential job seekers it is crucial that we have a resume. I say this because (just sometimes) I feel as though resumes are not as rightfully taken into consideration as they should be. Yes, writing a resume can be a timely and an excruciating process because you aim to craft a truly impressive document that will win over any employer. I promise that, even though resumes are not the only part of obtaining employment, they are extremely important. I like to consider a working resume as a big sign that one lugs around across your entire career path (which is a large portion of you lifespan) but the sign is limited in size so be sure that you’ve highlighted what counts.
By the way, if you ever get the chance to talk to Kristy, a Career Consultant at the Calumet campus, ask her about her 5-page resume experience as a job seeker.
It’s okay if you know literally nothing about resumes. A resume is something that takes time, effort, thought, and assessment. This being said, The Career Centers offers guidance for those in need through their drop-in career advising hours:
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
A person’s resume is really never finished until they reach their retirement. A resume is a basic outline of ones skills, training, development, and experiences that are compiled all throughout their work history.
Okay, I hope that lit a fire under all you job seekers and that you all understand the importance of resumes.
Now that I’m done with my sales pitch, allow me to begin discussing some resume tips and the basic outline. In addition to the content of the resume, the visual appeal is important. Try to use sans-serif friendly fonts (no script or wingdings), 10-12 point font, and check for spelling errors.
Image from “Funny Things People Put on Their Resume”, Buzzle.com
To start, every resume may not begin with a summary or an objective statement. To be honest, it only makes sense to have one so that you can summarize who you are (skills, abilities, intellect needed for job). It also address what position or field you’re interested in. It’s great to use if your academic degree doesn’t match the field you’re applying for directly, because it introduces what exactly makes that match, especially if your degree, or the field you’re applying into, is liberal.
Avoid personal pronouns. A resume is a formal document and it’s already implied that it’s about you. Your statement may be a fragment, but that’s okay (and it’s one of the rare cases that it’s going to be okay).
Commonly the education section is listed after the summary because resumes are written in reverse chronological order. Why, you ask? Well, it’s because when you think about it, employers and recruiters want to see your most recent and relevant information (you’ll see these words used lots going forward!) towards the top. It draws their attention, so things like education, relevant internship information, or course projects, need to be highlighted.
Avoid putting high school education, since college accomplishments and learning points are the main focus.
This section is where resumes will vary. Let’s say you did an internship in your desired field. Since it’s considered recent and relevant you’ll want ti highlight it, right? Yep, there are those words, again! How do you do that? Well, you could create a section labeled RELEVANT EXPERIENCE if you’d like, and separate this experience, and any others that are related, from anything that wouldn’t be related, such as the grill cook job you had at your local Applebee’s.
Avoid describing non-relevant work tasks if you have other accomplishments to highlight. For example, if you don’t yet have an internship experience to talk about, or if you don’t have any relevant projects or course work, that’s okay. You’re welcome to include bullets with task descriptions for those jobs. Just keep in mind these may leave when you other, higher bragging points..
Okay, so, when you hear skills, what do you think of? What are you skilled in? What can you do? One of the common types of skills sections we (The Career Center) sees are technical skill sets. Can I let you in on a little secret? I’m sure you have more skills than operating Microsoft Office. This is where you, as the job seeker, have to apply your critical thinking skills (get it?) to compile a nice balanced list of skills that you know how to perform.
Avoid opinionated statements such as “hardworking, responsible, ethical, reliable, a good communicator, fast learner,” etc. Here’s the thing- you may perceive yourself as some of these, however, can you prove it? If you can, then your skills section may need to be morphed into a qualifications section, where you back these points up with qualitative and quantitative information. For example, you received the employee of the month award at your current job for showing great customer service, ethical boundaries, and by being responsible and making sure your job, as well as others’ jobs, are done. That’s something to talk about.
With this portion of a resume you can really flaunt off any club or activities you were or are involved in throughout school (don’t forget that volunteer work is important, too!). Also you may display any high awards you received which implies diligence, such as Dean’s List or Semester Honors.
Avoid narrating this section as a story. Keep it short and formatted as you would your work experience, entering your role in the organization and how long you’ve been doing it for. If it’s an honors award, list the award and the date(s) you’ve received it.
As you can see, the resume is truly set up to catch employer’s attention and keep them reading. People, I am not joking when I say you should put a lot of thought into resumes, remembering that you want the employer to be interested in you.
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Nevertheless, I say this not to discourage you about resumes but instead to encourage everyone. Never fear, because The Career Center is here! If you feel uneasy about your resume or need some help to bring things to mind check out the drop in advising hours offered from The Career Centers and drop in with at least a rough draft.
Also if you are just interested in a self access guide to follow while writing a resume you can find check our our Online Career Center, or stop in to one of the campus offices to obtain a Resume Sample.
I hope this blog has helped everyone that may be in need of resume advice. Other than that I hope you all comprehend the importance of having a good resume as new comers in the job market. I bid you all good luck in future job hunts and in writing resumes.