By Matt Goldman, Epsilon Rho ’12 (Salisbury University)
March 13, 2012 - As the economy is starting to recover, one thing that you should never let slide is your resume. Many college career fairs are quickly approaching so keeping your resume updated is vital towards getting that job. Graduating seniors should especially keep theirs updated since employers are currently looking to hire new college graduates and someone during the summertime months.
Don’t know where to begin or don’t have one created? It’s not that hard to brainstorm one. Some resumes are fancy and others are simplistic. It depends on your preference and what field for which you are applying. Personally, I have two different resumes for three different areas of expertise, already updated to hand out to an employer. Here are some of my ideas for what you can start doing:
First, I find it easy to list everything you want and could include, and then go back to eliminate the unnecessary details. Try to think of what your employers and student involvement was for the past five years, beginning with most recent. Be sure to include dates of the time periods served. Only place worthy experiences of high school if they are relevant to the position you are applying for and if you are lacking content from your collegiate days. Using bullet points makes for easy reading.
Place your college education, including the institution’s name, graduation date, concentrations and GPA at the top of your resume. However, only include your GPA if it is helpful to your resume. Low GPAs can do more harm and should be skipped. As you graduate college and gain more experience, you may want to place education lower on your resume.
Always highlight your areas of expertise and paid positions, however, volunteer experiences should also be listed. This can include events such as Relay for Life, an organization you served on a regular basis such as a local food bank, or any service your chapter completed. Employers like to see the commitment and that extra mile you took for a non-paid experience.
Include major student organizations, such as Sigma Tau Gamma, any honorary societies, sports or clubs you participated in as a college student. Do not just list these organizations, but also include what you did in them.
Do not be afraid to expand your vocabulary a bit and use action verbs in the description of each working position and experience. Check out this website
for examples of action words to use in your resume.
I hope this brief discussion helps get you brainstorming for your resume or update your existing ones. This information might differ from what others have told you but the points are simple enough to understand without going overboard. If you do have any questions, feel free to contact me at:
Also, check out the most recent Winter SAGA
for additional tips and ideas for writing resumes and cover letters.
Picture from: blog.resumebear.com.