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Guest Author: Jeffrey Metzger Website: http://www.yourresumeconsultant.com I’ll preface by acknowledging that there are as many opinions about this subject as there are resumes in circulation. You will always need to do what’s best for you in your job search. That said, my opinion and that of many career professionals is that an objective on a resume is an outdated and […]
Guest Author: Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters.
Millions of college students throughout the country recently threw their caps up into the air and are now ready to make a fresh start in the workforce. If you’re a recent college grad, you’re probably excited about your prospects—and you should be!
While it’s no secret that you are entering a tough industry—with fresh ideas and a spirited attitude—you are undoubtedly a great candidate. You just have to prove it by writing a quality resume. Here are tips to get started:
As a relatively new candidate seeking employment in the workforce, it’s important that you brand yourself as a top candidate in your field. A good approach is to add a branding statement to your resume that identifies your professional title and offers a few sentences highlighting your accomplishments. It summarizes how valuable you are and entices the hiring manager to learn more about you.
Target Specific Companies
The next step toward creating an amazing resume is tailoring it to the company you are applying with. This requires that you carefully review each job you’re writing a resume for and add skills and accomplishments that tell the employer you are qualified based on your history.
Include All Relevant Experience
As a person who has just graduated, it’s possible that you don’t have a great deal of professional experience. But you still want to list all skills and experiences that are relevant to each job you want, even if it means including clubs, volunteer experience, and coursework.
Whether you’re applying for a summer job, preparing college applications, or just writing one for a class assignment, it’s more and more common for high school students to need a resume. But, have you run into any of these issues as you start writing?
- most of the resume examples available are for experienced professionals or college students
- you probably don’t have much, if any, relevant work experience – yet
- you have skills you could offer different employers, but you’re not sure how to describe them
Understand the Purpose of the Resume
A lot of people think that a resume will get them a job, but in truth, a resume’s purpose is to get you an interview. Most employers only take 15-20 seconds to scan a resume! They are usually looking for some key terms, skills, abilities and experience that suggest to them that you could do the job they want you to do. If you catch their attention in those first 15-20 seconds, they will probably take a much closer look at your resume, then may ask you to come in for an interview. So you need to make sure you catch their attention, and fast! But how? Emphasize the skills and abilities you have by highlighting them close to the top of your resume. After all, we read from top to bottom, and left to right. So anything you want to highlight should appear close to the top of the document; within individual phrases, keep relevant information closest to the left side of the page. Also keep in mind that your resume will be most effective if you tailor it to each position you’re applying for. At the very least, prepare tailored resumes for each type of position, i.e. retail, life guarding, education, summer camp, etc.