The resume is a professional summary of you. It allows employers to gain an understanding of your skills, abilities, and achievements. The fundamental purpose of a resume is to secure an interview and move to the next step of the process.
An employer may only look at a resume for 30-45 seconds. This means that your resume should be strategically written to briefly yet effectively communicate your message. The position type and industry may dictate the final length of your resume, but you should be able to summarize your most relevant experiences on one page.
Confirm acceptable length ranges within your organization or industry or ask a CRC staff member. You can tailor your resume (skills and experiences) for the specific position(s) you are applying for. To make this process easier, you may want to write a “Master Resume” that describes all of your experiences, achievements, accomplishments, etc. in detail. Then, you can pull from the master resume to create a shorter, tailored document.
This is only the start for pulling off a polished resume. For details on building your resume, visit our Prepare Your Tools page.
Your communication skills are going to be key when networking with employers at Career Showcase, during info sessions, or other events. Ensure you are communicating your skills and qualities in an effective way for employers. Practice the following with friends or family:
– Elevator speech – a 30 second pitch that tells a recruiter what your career goals are.
– Handshake – a firm handshake can go a long way. Stop by the CRC to practice yours.
– Eye Contact – make sure you maintain comfortable friendly eye contact.
If you have questions about how you can enhance your communication skills, stop by the CRC and see us.
It’s important to research what organizations you want to talk to at Career Showcase. We highly recommend you go in with a plan and have knowledge about the organizations you want to visit with.
To get started, here are some questions you may want to find the answers to:
Researching an employer:
– What is the organization’s size and structure?
– What are the organization’s mission and vision statements and values?
– What is the organization’s history?
– Who are the organization’s stakeholders?
– Has the organization received any awards or public recognition for specific works?
– Is the organization involved in any legal cases: past, present, or pending?
– What is the organization’s culture?
– What is the financial health of the organization?
Researching a position::
– What are the required skills and qualifications?
– What position responsibilities are explicitly mentioned in the job description? What specific elements will be responsible for, such as programs, events or accounts?
– Where does this position sit in the organizational chart?
– Will this position work independently or as part of a team?
– What opportunities are there for advancement?
– What is the travel requirement?
– What transferable experiences may you acquire from this role?
– What are the goals (short and long-term) of the position?
For information on where to search visit our Do Your Research page.