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Monday, April 24th 2017

How to Develop Your Resume

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Your Resume is What Helps You Get an Interview
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When developing a resume it is important to first think about what type of position you want to apply for. Your resume is meant to help you land your "future" job and not just a historical document of your past. It is important to remember that most hiring managers spend just 20-30 seconds on a resume and scan it for potential skills and experience of what they are looking for, so take your time to make sure key aspects are easily recognized. Additionally, at the top of your resume should be a brief profile description of you. A Profile is a short paragraph (see samples on the left) that indicates where you are today, your skill set and capabilities, relevant work experience and what you are looking for in a way that helps the company. It is laden with keywords that are relevant to the position you are looking for, keep this in mind.

Next, be sure to use past-tense adjectives to demonstrate your accomplishments (e.g. created, developed, designed, implemented, etc.). Make sure your previous job titles are bolded and not the company names (unless you worked at great brands). For each position worked, list the 4-5 most powerful one-line bullets that show some sort of results. Often times these bullet points include numerical and monetary values, and percentages (e.g. increased sales 10%, coordinated 250 person event, implemented cost reductions of 20%, conquested new account sales of $10,000)

Please review the three resume examples posted on the left side of the navigation screen for resume writing ideas. Keep in mind, unique skills are not Microsoft office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.). They are design skills, language skills, social media skills, special certifications, etc.

Think about the resume "brand" you are crafting as if it were your marketing flyer, what do you want people to believe, to feel about you? Also, once your resume is crafted, be sure to have friends and faculty look it over closely to provide input.

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