Published: April 7, 2015
By: Alyssa Mowrer '16
Parkside's Resume Clinic at the Advising and Career Center was a huge success! Here are some helpful tips for your resume in case you missed it.
1. Start with a Qualifications Summary
Sue Campbell, a professional resume writer and president of 1st-Writer.com, says that a summary of your top qualifications is often more effective than an objective statement. This is particularly true if your career goal is undefined.
2. Give Education top billing.
Typically, education is at the bottom of a resume, but students are often better served by moving their education toward the top.
3. Describe unrelated jobs the right way.
Many students have part-time, seasonal or temporary work experience that is unrelated to future career goals. You don't want to pack your document with irrelevant details. On the other hand, prospective employers value candidates who demonstrate dependability and a strong work ethic, even if the experience is in a different industry.
4. Think like an Employer and like a Job-Seeker.
Look at your experience through two pairs of eyes: yours and the potential employer. Study job ads or internship announcements that interest you. Next, look at your experience through your own eyes.
5. Pick the right resume length and format.
For most college students, a one page resume is plenty. But after gaining more work experience or internships, it is ok to go to two pages.
If you want more job and internship advice, or are looking for work, make sure you don't miss the Career Fair on Weds April 8 from 11am-1pm in the Student Center Ballroom.