I attended a webinar on “the resume for the well-rounded student” hosted by well-intended career services veterans.
Unfortunately, at a time when soon-to-be and recent graduates, and current students need all the high-quality counsel they can get, the advice in that webinar likely wouldn’t help anyone find work – ever…
Your job search is full of obstacles to overcome on your way to hearing “You’re hired!” Not least of these is the knowledge recruiters have dozens of other applicants to consider for each resume you send.
Instead of getting lost in the crowd, here are some things you can do to fast-track your resume to the top of that recruiter’s resume pile:
Here’s a plea from all employers out there to all job seekers: If you’re going to send your resume to apply for a job opening, please take the time to tailor your resume to the specific requirements of the job posting. Please!
I’ve posted two jobs recently and have been so dismayed by what I’ve received. I skim through the 2-3 pages searching for a reason why this person would be a good match for the job. In most cases, I can’t figure it out.
Recently I read a comment on a blog post that said something like this: “I’ve been out of work for 7 months. I am applying for jobs that I’m well-qualified for. I’m not having any luck on LinkedIn either. I can’t even get an interview.”
I can’t help but think that a lot of similarities exist between the commenter and many of my fellow recent graduates; this is a position many of us have been in during the last 5 years…
Unfortunately, many career centers have misinformed new graduates regarding what a resume should look and sound like—so entry-level resumes tend to be plagued by bland resume formats and poorly-written, outdated objective statements.
Instead, a young professional’s resume should communicate how you can assist the employer with meeting their needs…
As a current student, recent graduate or entry level job candidate entering the job market for the very first time, you are probably also getting ready to write your very first professional resume.
As you sit at your desk with an empty looking document staring straight at you, I bet you’re thinking the same thing that millions of other entry-level job seekers have all thought at some time:
“Where do I start… and what do I do first?”