It’s July and you’re all set to graduate this summer and enter the working world. But, although your resume may show you’ve been a star performer academically, when it comes to work experience, it’s looking decidedly thin on the ground. Before you start your job search, here are five ways to make an “experience-lite” resume feel more heavyweight.
I was listening to a radio station segment with a hiring manager and blogger Russell B on how to handle resume gaps. A fairly recent college graduate’s question caught my ear. Basically, he hadn’t found a job in a field even closely related to his major. He wondered how to handle work experience that isn’t directly relevant (as well as no experience at all) during an interview.
I thought it might be useful to offer a few thoughts on the subject related to both job interviews and resumes.
Are you super frustrated with your job search, but you’re not sure why it’s not taking you anywhere?
I might have some insight. One of my primer questions is, “What’s your job search strategy?”
Many grads might think, mistakenly, that the Job Search is boiled down to resumes + interviews. Those are important components. But they are not the ONLY components. Ergo, our job search math: Resume + Interview ≠ Job Search
Once you leave campus, you need the skills for getting out there and doing the heavy lifting necessary for your job search. Here are the three questions I start with. Can you answer them for your job search?
There’s no doubt that writing a resume requires a lot of introspection. But often, the challenge comes with a lack of true insight into your own career.
We spend a lot of time working on our jobs, but rarely give thought to the specific contributions we make to our employers in our roles. And these contributions are central to a great resume. Create a better resume by asking yourself three specific questions about your career.
For the most part, a hiring manager reading a resume can forgive a couple of typos that anyone could fail to see. But there are some grammar mistakes that are simply deemed unforgivable.
This is one of the most common questions I’m asked by my clients. I write resumes designed to appeal to a specific target audience, and this means I often omit facts and information that I know won’t impress that target audience. And that can sometimes be hard to swallow.
After all, if you see a first draft of your resume that omits key facts, it’s natural to ask “but shouldn’t X be included?” You worked hard for that achievement. You studied for that certification. You put two years of your life into that part-time business. And now as far as your resume is concerned, it never even happened.