By: Aspen Ruane & Meridian Riley | College of Business Students | Career Peers at the University of Wyoming COB
Résumés – Your Golden Ticket to an Interview
As Career Peers in the Johnson Career Center, we have seen it all; from students just beginning a résumé to the high-achievers, overflowing onto a second page with experience. Bottom line — we can work with your education, work experience, and extracurricular involvements to improve your résumé. There is always room for improvement. Résumés are usually unavoidable, they are essential to hand over to a potential employer. So, take a deep breath, open up that dusty old Word Document, and update your résumé. As a general rule employers spend only a few seconds looking at a résumé, so stand out and make those seconds count.
Here are a few tips to improve your confidence in your résumé – Your Golden Ticket to an Interview:
Consistency is Key
Be consistent with everything. As mentioned before, an employer only spends a few seconds on a résumé; do not have them spend that time searching for pertinent information. They will stop before they find it. If you are going to format your experience section by bolding the names of the company you worked for, then make sure you bold all of the company names on your résumé. If you are going to have the dates you held a position tabbed to the right side of the paper, make sure that all of the dates line up. It seems small, but it is a key error made by students.
We will keep this simple for you. DO NOT lie, not even a little bit, about experience or (especially) GPA. It is possible your potential employer will collect your transcript anyways. If you lie and say you have extensive expert experience, they are going to find out when you begin your job. Do not let the pressure of finding a position get to you; you are too awesome to lie.
Many times, we end up submitting our résumés (and other documents) in an email or uploading it to a site. Make it easy on the employer – they will appreciate it. Save the file as a PDF, name your doc “FirstNameLastNameRésumé,” and you will save the employer time having to rename your documents. They can now easily view, save, and print. A PDF file keeps your résumé from changing in different programs.
Always quantify your work
Numbers, percentages, and statistics grab attention. By quantifying your work, you provide the person reviewing your résumé with real evidence of your achievements. Here is an example:
Before: “Managed a large team to implement a rebranding campaign” Strong: “Managed a team of 40 sales agents to implement a rebranding campaign”
Get it looked at, by anyone and everyone
Of course, the JCC is a great place to bring your résumé in and have it looked at (shameless plug), but you should put your résumé in front of as many people you can. The JCC has walk-in hours, no appointment necessary, simply bring a copy in and someone can review it with you. Professors are another great resource; they have an understanding of your preferred industry. Past and potential employers are also another resource; they can tell you exactly what they look for on a résumé. Note: everyone that checks out your résumé is going to have varying opinions – your resume is a representation of you, so take those opinions, but stay true to what makes you feel confident.
JCC Drop-In Hours
MW 12:30—4:00 pm | F 10:00 AM —5:00 PM
If you have any further questions or concerns please comment below. We'd love to hear from you!