- By: Alyssa Hagstrom | Johnson Career Center | College of Business Student
The Résumé World
Have you ever walked into an interview and the interviewer asked a question from your résumé you knew nothing about? Maybe you didn’t have a resume at all....Or maybe you didn’t even get a call for an interview. NOW....There are a million and one questions running through your head, mainly: What DID I do wrong?! RESUMES ARE IMPORTANT! They can be overwhelming, but the Johnson Career Center is here to help.
A Few Key Points:
First, have multiple people review your résumé. You will get a lot of feedback, whether you take the advice or not is up to you. Secondly, use the resources within the College of Business. The Johnson Career Center has drop in hours for resume help. Paige, in the Business Communication Office will be happy to help you with cover letters, resumes, and ideas. Lastly, get to know your professors, they are happy to help students get in contact with employers for prospective jobs. Your professors will also be necessary when you need a recommendation letter.
Here is a list of DO’s & DON’T’s for crafting your Résumé:
Customize (be careful)
- Make your résumé look personalized and professional. List professional qualities, related work experience, education, related classes, computer skills, and achievements.
- You have experience selling leases, selling 401k plans, or working as an accounting intern ect… Well, that is great but make sure to quantify your performances, such as: I sold a total of 190 leases while I worked at Almond Joy, LLC. A number is more impressive than just simply stating your accomplishments.
- Be clear and to the point.
Tailoring your résumé to the job you are applying for
- Be sure to list qualifications on your résumé that are in the job description. For example: “We need a motivated and enthusiastic individual”. Your résumé should contain the words “motivated and enthusiastic”.
DO NOT HAVE:
- This will be the first reason employers will throw your résumé away because you are not paying attention to detail.
Pictures (on cover letter, resume, or references)
- Do not add pictures. It is frowned upon and employers may judge the picture instead of the content.
Research your company | How & Where?
- Glassdoor, this is an insider perspective from former employees
- The website of the company you are applying to (YES, they provide a lot of great information)
- Call the company (HR department, they are actually pretty nice, be sure to talk to them!)
Be creative in the interview and match their culture.
For example: Company: “We don’t walk, we run”
You: “I Sprint”
When you share a common interest with a company, they like that. They want to be able to feel and see your passion for the company. If they hire you, you will be a very valuable asset for their daily operations.
I’ll leave you with a quote.
"NEVER STOP DOING YOUR BEST JUST BECASUE SOMEONE DOESN'T GIVE YOU CREDIT" -QUOTES OF LIFE
Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you soon to review your résumé | Peter M. and Paula Green Johnson Career Center | Phone: (307) 766-4807| Email: firstname.lastname@example.org