BLOG: Resume 101

A couple of posts ago, we talked about some ideas to put into practice for diving into the career world and mapped out somewhat of a guidebook to follow throughout your college years. Many of you may be getting ready to apply for summer jobs, internships, or are graduating and applying for legit real world jobs. If so, this is a good post to bookmark.

The resume is key.

The Director of Career Services, Karen Lindsey-Lloyd, answered some basic questions that you probably asked, wanted to ask, or will ask when creating your resume.

Why is a good resume important?

“A  resume is the first impression an employer has of you. It needs to get their attention quickly, be easy to read, and easy to navigate.”

What should I put on it?

” Things like community service, mission work, student government, sorority/fraternity leadership and other non-academic activities indicate that you are a well-rounded person  so they should be included on the resume. Don’t include high school information after your sophomore year of college–it makes you look even more inexperienced.”

How can my resume stand out against the others?

“Keep it short and to the point.  Keep the resume to one page– especially if you have less than 10-15 years of experience.”

What are common mistakes to avoid?

“Avoid using fill-in-the-blank resume templates because they may lose their formatting when emailed and are difficult to edit. Instead create a Microsoft Word document and save it as a PDF. That way, if you email it to employers it retains its formatting. Its also handy to create two or three versions.

No clever or goofy email address! Go create a professional email account.

Where can I find good examples of current resumes?

“On our website, of course!” (click students then there should be a resume booklet out there)

Any final tips?

“Less is more because people trying to fill jobs are busy.

Use action words to describe your experience.

Job and career objectives on a resume are optional. Some graduate schools and government jobs require them, most don’t. Most recruiters and other employment professionals tell me that few people write objective statements well. If they are too specific, a job objective can do more harm than good by shutting you out of potential opportunities.

Have an MC Career Services pro review it before you send it out (call us for an appointment–we are fun folks and not scary at all) or post it on MC Careerlink ( the online job board). We review and approve all resumes posted there. “

Congratulations. You just completed Resume 101. I want to encourage you to go visit the nice folks in Career Services. Set up an appointment, ask some questions, grab some candy (there’s a full candy jar at all times), and leave feeling empowered and confident that you are putting your best career foot forward. You can also follow Career Services on Twitter and Facebook for job updates, tips and more.

You can do this!


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