Resumes! Who needs one?

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In a world filled with students searching for their college internship or jobs after they graduate, resumes have become a bigger part of education than ever before. Today, when you apply for a job with a major corporation, you are instantly going up against tens, hundreds, or even thousands of other people and you need to make yourself stand out. An organization I am involved with on campus recently held an interactive resume workshop for its members to get their resumes critiqued by a staff member of the Career Development Center. I wanted to take a chance to share some of the things that I learned from it with you all so that you may be able to sprce your resume up and make it stand out.

1. Length – Keep It To One Page!
Limiting the length of your resume can be a hard thing to do and may even seem impossible if you have been involved in a lot or held a lot o jobs. If your resume is two pages, do whatever you have to do to get it down to one page. Many college students may have involvementor awards from during high school still listed on their resumes, and to a point, this is fine. It was suggested that once you reach your junior year of college, you should start removing your items from your high school career and focus more on your achievments during college. As a senior in college, you should have completely phased out all high school related items unless they are very substantial achievements and may even relate to the position you are applying for.

2.Stay Away From Templates!
When you put together youre resume, it may seem very easy to just take a template from Microsoft Word and plug in your information to fit. Yet many times when using these templates, they make your resume look bulky or unprofessional. In an attempt to stay away from templates, start out a blank document. Change your margins as much as possible while still offering a nice border/amount of white space. Good margins to start out with would be: top/bottom- .5 inch and right/left- .8 inch. Once your margins are set, put together your header including your name, address, and contact infor (phone/email). When you come up with something you like, move on by either going right to enter your information or set up some tables to assist you in keeping everythign neat and organized.

Tomorrow I will get into the different sections to consider for your resume and some other dieas for effective formatting to make yours stand out from the rest.

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3 Responses to Resumes! Who needs one?

  1. Brian Balfour April 11, 2006 at 12:15 pm #

    I’ve reviewed at least 100 resumes and talked to a lot of other business owners about the one page rule.

    For me I have found that it is ok to go to two pages IF you have enough substantial and relevant information to fill that second page 3/4 or more. Otherwise like Chris said, do whatever you have to, to make it fit to 1 page.

  2. Administrator April 11, 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    I completely agree with you Brian. Be sure to check out Part 2 which I will be putting up later tonight/tomorrow.


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