Archive for the ‘Resume Writing’ Category

Network to Find Your Perfect Job

by Virginia Jones (’06), marketing major

Upon entering college, faculty and staff at the College of Business drill into your head the need to get involved in student organizations on campus. The reason is simple – get involved and it will help you develop in your future career. Peer networking was very important to me during college. I worked full time in offices on campus and I joined every marketing-related student organization that I could. While doing that I got to know the entire marketing faculty as well as many other faculty in the College of Business. Continue reading

Electronic Marketing: Using E-Resumes and E-Cover Letters

By Eileen Davis, Director of Career Counseling

Just as you can’t conduct a thorough job search without using electronic tools such as e-mail, job boards, and company web sites, you won’t be fully prepared for the search without text versions of your resume and cover letter. You’ll still need a nicely formatted “print” version of your resume for career fairs, interviews, and other face-to-face meetings. But the formatting that makes printed resumes eye-appealing can be an obstacle to the 80% of employers who place resumes into searchable databases. In addition, some employers won’t open e-mail attachments because of concerns about computer viruses. To make sure your documents can be “read” electronically in databases, job-boards, and e-mail, create text (or ASCII) versions of both your resume and cover letter.  

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Ulmer Center Workshops You Won’t Want to Miss

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

Resume Rx
Do you know how to ensure that your resume survives a 10-second scan and gets you an interview? Find out what employers are looking for and how you can highlight your best qualities on a single sheet of paper. If you’re looking for a co-op/internship or if you’re just about to graduate and need a job, invest 45 minutes of your time in this informative workshop.

Interviewing Essentials
Most interviewers know who they don’t want to hire within the first 60 seconds of an interview. But what do you do after surviving that first minute? Discover the secret to answering just about any interview question. You’ll still have to prepare for interviews, but you will be amazed at the difference this method will make on the number of offers you get! Find out how to prepare, what to say, and what not to say in this 45-minute session.

Presentations Without Panic
Nearly everyone has heard that public speaking is the number one fear of most adults. There are skills you can learn, however, that can help reduce your panic when you have to address a group. You will not be asked to make a presentation in this workshop, so relax–and come prepared to pick up tips that may help to ease your presentation jitters.

Networking for Introverts
Job-hunting by computer may be appealing if you’re an introvert, but employers agree that the Internet is the least-effective method for finding qualified applicants. Because 75% of jobs are filled through some form of personal referral, networking is an essential skill for all job-hunters. But if even the idea of networking exhausts you, come to this workshop to learn practical, low-stress ways you can build your own group of career champions.

The 21st-Century Job-Hunt
Job-hunting can seem easy, until you’re unemployed and not getting interviews. This workshop describes a variety of ways to approach the job-market – including internet job-boards, search firms and recruiters, networking, and targeted marketing. Explore job-searching activities that will uncover the right jobs for you.

Building a Brand

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

What impression do you want to portray? When it comes to your resume, you have a few seconds to create an image. Be intentional about the image you want to convey.

  • What do you have to sell? Are you well-rounded? You’ll need several categories for things like activities, honors, work experience, and volunteer experience. Do you have a high GPA? Showcase academic achievements with GPA, awards and scholarships, and honor societies. Lots of work experience? Demonstrate accomplishments on the job.

  • Position key “brand” information in the visual center of the page: the 2-inch wide band that starts 2 inches from the top. Education, qualifications, or achievements–pick your best qualities and place them here.

  • Use precise, concise language. Each word should earn a place on your resume.

  • Give other people 10 seconds to read your resume–then ask what they noticed about you. Revise the resume until your brand comes through clearly.

Effective Resumes

by Eileen Davis, Director of Career Development

Consider the following scenario: A hiring manager leans back in her chair, picks up your resume, and takes two minutes to carefully consider your qualifications in relation to all available jobs in the company.

Now that we’ve indulged your vision of the ideal world, let’s look at a more realistic picture: If your resume is selected for review, a human resources representative or hiring manager will scan your resume for fewer than 10 seconds. You’ll be considered for a particular job–not for all open positions. And if your resume doesn’t convey what you want to do and why you’re qualified to do it, you won’t be called in for a personal interview– which is the sole purpose of a resume.

Here are some tips to ensure that your resume is effective in getting you a personal interview by phone or in person. Continue reading