Aug 28

Going back to school is such a hectic undertaking, isn’t it?  There’s all the excitement about the new school year, all the classes and learning you’ve been looking forward to, the underlying nervousness that accompanies any new undertaking and the confusion about what to take and what to leave at home.

Generally speaking, take only those items you know you will need: Your clothes, computer, cell phone, personal stereo, whatever reference books you know you’re going to need, and, of course,  your car.

Things to leave at home include all those stuffed animals/college pennants/rock star posters decorating your bedroom, as well as any items of furniture of which you’re especially fond.

Though the last may not make sense, you need to remember that your college dorm room or the off-campus room in a house you share with other students, isn’t home. It’s much better to look forward to seeing your favorites on vacation than it is to take them with you!

Aug 27

It’s perfectly understandable that new job seekers make mistakes in the cover letters they write to go along with their resumes. Understandable, but unacceptable nonetheless.

If you want to put your best foot forward in the cover letter you send along with your resume, be sure NOT to make these mistakes:

Not remembering to enclose your résumé and any other materials to which your cover letter refers.

Making typos. Typographical errors send a message of “I didn’t care enough about this to run my spell checking program” so make certain that you edit your work very carefully.

Forgetting to change the name and address of the company from the last company you sent it to before you print out your cover letter.

Applying for one position but mentioning another position in the body of your cover letter, unless it is already mutually understood that the position for which you are applying is a “jumping off” post for another position later on.

Trying to impress the potential employers with your knowledge of their company when you have only the most basic idea of what it is the company does.

Keep your cover letter short, sweet, accurate and to the point and it will serve you well!

Inappropriate tone. Always use a positive manner. Make sure the letter strengthens your candidacy. It might help if you had someone else read the letter as well.

Unrelated Career Goals. Personalize each letter for the employer. Show a genuine interest in the position. Remember that the employer is interested in what you can do for the company. Every part of the letter should support the purpose for which you are writing. If you are applying for a position as a sales representative, include only the experience you have that pertains to that position.

Emphasizing a lack of experience. Do not call attention to your shortcomings in a letter. You should only emphasize your strengths. Focus on your skills, experience, and ability.

Misrepresentation. Never, ever misrepresent your experience or skills in either your cover letter or résumé. If it is discovered, it is grounds for immediate dismissal. If you have achieved something, say so, but do not exaggerate to the point of misrepresenting the facts.

Aug 21

Writing a resume for your first job in the industry or profession of your choice isn’t easy when you’ve just finished graduate school isn’t easy. First of all,you don’t have much (if any) job experience in your chosen career because you’ve been too busy becoming qualified to perform it. This by itself is enough to make you feel insecure.

But don’t be dismayed! You can include your graduate work on your resume to “flesh out” your experience level and display your abilities and skills in a manner that will get you a call to be interviewed for the position you want.

Your resume should include all of your skills in the most global sense possible so that potential employers can see the strengths you have and the benefits you will bring to their organizations. Even if you haven’t yet some of your skills in the workplace, letting potential employers know that you have them gives you an edge over your competition.

So never hesitate to list and describe the work you did during your graduate studies. After all, doing that work was why you went to graduate school in the first place, wasn’t it?

Aug 17

Have you ever tried to make sense of something written so closely that you had to squint to see where one word left off and the next began? Difficult, isn’t it?

When you’re applying for a job, don’t make the work of potential employers any more difficult than it already is. Be certain that your resume contains carefully placed white space that sets off one section from the next and makes your resume much easier to read. After all, you went to all the work of writing it, you DO want folks to be able to read it without straining, don’t you?

Another reason for leaving enough white space in your resume to make reading it easy is that doing so allows the information in your resume to appear bigger and more extensive than it actually is. White space lends an expansive, comfortable feel that makes readers relax and tune in to the information presented rather than quickly skim it hurriedly and miss something important!

Aug 15

When writing a resume, be certain you include your major college coursework.  Not only will knowing about your course of study be important information for potential employers to have, but now that everyone  uses the Internet to check for absolutely everything, the same words that describe your major course of study are also great SEO terms as well!

Increasingly, employers are conducting Internet searches for new employees. They use words that describe the talents and abilities they want their new employees to have. So by including complete descriptions of your major college courses, you are providing potential employers who use those selfsame words as search engine tools with an additional means for finding (and hiring) you.

You don’t have to go to great lengths to do this, either.  Just think of the most descriptive words and phrases of your majors that are most important to you and be sure that you include these in your resume at least twice, more frequently if possible, but in different combinations.

Your resume will be SEO-optimized, which will automatically get you more interviews than you would otherwise have had!

Aug 15

Ready to go back to school?  Got your books, enough new clothes to get you through the school year and everything else you need? Unless you’ve got a brand new resume to go with your new wardrobe, the answer to that last question has to be “no.”

You need to revamp your resume to make yourself as appealing as possible to potential employers who have the kinds of part time jobs you want. So go back over what you’ve done since the last time you did a resume update, and  take careful notes.  Be sure you make note of any extra-curricular and volunteer activities you engaged or participated in.  Experience is experience however you acquire it, so don’t short yourself by only adding paid work to your current resume.

And while you’re at it, go back over your old resume using a sharp and critical eye. Imagine that you are the potential employer you want to impress. How does your resume impress you? As if it belongs to someone you’d want to hire?

If not, make the changes you know you need to make and print out some new copies!

Aug 13

If you are printing and mailing your resume out to prospective employers, always use high quality bond paper so you stand out from the rest and show your level of professionalism. Using quality bond paper shows that you are serious about landing a great job and willing to do what it takes to get it.  There are many different types of bond in a rainbow of colors.

For professional positions, it is best to use white or ivory bond paper with no distracting background designs.  Bond paper is traditionally uncoated and makes a classic, rich appearance and inspires a corporate feel.  Use a heavy, impressive stock but don’t choose a bond so thick that is does not comfortably fold into an envelope for mailing. Bond weighs more so make sure you put enough postage on your envelopes when mailing resumes.

By printing your resume in bond, you prove you are aware of corporate procedures and appearances, already giving you an edge in a competitive marketplace.  For a truly polished resume that reflects corporate protocol, hire a professional resume writer.  A resume writer know how to maximize your skills on your resume as well as the right way to present it.  Resume writers can give you a great looking document that is sure to impress prospective employers.

Invest in your future by having a resume writer prepare your resume to land the dream job of a lifetime.

Aug 09

You should never include personal information on your resume. Details such as marital status, age and religion are not an employers’ business and they are not allowed to ask you these questions in accordance with United States law.

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Aug 07
Including Major Coursework, Research Projects and Thesis

If you are lacking experience to put into your resume, showcase your education to prove your abilities to prospective employers.

When you have minimal work experience, your educational background is a way to show what you can do and how it relates to the position you want. Consider the qualifications required for the job and highlight portions of your education that give you the required skills for handle the position. For example, certain coursework may be applicable to tasks you will need to do on the job.

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Aug 06

Recent graduates should take a leaf from the books of many CEOs of major industries and keep their resumes short, sweet and to the point.

That’s right, even captains of industry with many projects and top positions under their belts keep their resumes as short as possible.  They let the titles of their past positions speak for them.

Even though, as a recent graduate you won’t have numerous projects and past work experience to include on your resume, make a point of being concise about those work experiences you do have. Probably the best advice, when you are just starting out in the work world, is to make a list of your achievements, accomplishments, educational credentials and work experiences and take it to a professional resume writer. A professional resume writer knows how to present you and your transferable skills in the most positive light, and how to keep your resume concise while still including your best “selling points.”