By: Lindsay Kiefer | JCC Employee | Build your Resume
Write more than just a resume:
Developing a resume is more than just listing your previous employment/education, skills and achievements; rather, it is about showing the employer how your previous employment/education has prepared you to work in a professional environment, how your skills would best be utilized by their organization, and how your achievements have developed a hard-working and dedicated person. Remember, your resume is the employer’s first impression of your personality, strengths and weaknesses, and your reliability, so make it a good first impression!
There are three key elements that must be included to turn your resume from unprofessional to professional: you need to capture your reader’s attention, establish your credibility as an applicant, and inspire the reader to want to know more. Think of it this way, when you go to buy a new T.V. you are going to do your homework; you will research each brand, each size, and each kind before making your decision to buy one specific T.V. You will be looking for each company to capture your attention (what’s new and exciting about your brand), you will want to know that the company is credible and reliable (has the company been on the market for a while), and you will want to be inspired to use this brand over the brand sitting right next to it. Employers do the exact same thing, so your resume needs to be professional and incorporate all three of these elements to be effective. Otherwise you and your resume may be forgotten (Kursmark 2012: 23).
There are no rules!
When it comes to resume writing you need to make sure you are including the three elements listed above, but you also need to remember that there are no rules! Your resume is going to be as good (or as bad) as you want depending on how much time you spend on it and whether or not you are tailoring it to the specific application. There are no rules about what you must or cannot include, but you do need to make sure that there are no spelling, grammatical, punctuation, or factual errors (Kursmark 2012: 23). In order to catch these errors, make sure to have at least 3 people read your resume. It is also important to remember that the employer will be fact-checking your resume, so make sure to include all of your skill relevant to the position, but do not embellish your skill set to make yourself more marketable (the employer will find out during the interview). If you follow these simple tricks you will have developed a professional resume that you can be proud of and one that will land you that interview!
Why is all of this important?
You are not going to show up to a formal interview in jeans and a t-shirt, so why would you turn in an unprofessional and undeveloped resume? Turning in your application is more than simply hitting a “submit” button. It is marketing yourself to an employer. The average employer receives 100+ resumes for each applicable position, but they can only hire 10 applicants at most. Use these tips to develop a professional resume and demonstrate your abilities and make your resume stand-out to get one of those ten interviewing spots. A professional resume is an extension of yourself, so capture your reader’s attention, establish your credibility, and inspire the employer to interview you!
If you ever need advice or help on your resume please stop by the Johnson Career Center in the business building! We would be happy to help! Please comment and like for more info!