Aug 18

College students and new graduates often feel they have nothing to include on a resume when conducting job search and for using with job applications. College students’ work experience is often seemingly unrelated to their job targets, and aside from that, the only information left to include is education. However, while this may seem like the case, it simply isn’t so!

Transferable Skills

One method of approaching a college student or new graduate resume is to focus on transferable skills. These skills are applicable to different situations. The ability to communicate well, for example, is a skill that is useful in any industry or position. Other transferable skills may include the ability to work well with numbers, sales skills, or an ability to solve problems by looking at the big picture. These are only a few examples.

How do you list transferable skills? There are a number of ways to include transferable skills in your resume, job application, and cover letter. The following are some tips for various sections of the resume.

The Summary or Profile

Objective statements are out. Profiles are in. Open with a brief introductory paragraph describing your most “sellable” points. Briefly list transferable skills here, or present them in a keyword summary list. This is exactly as it sounds: a list of keywords. Use those that show your transferable skills.


Depending on your college major, you likely had to write papers, complete projects, or both. What were the outcomes of these? Did you conduct comprehensive research on a subject? Design an engineering plan? Were these published or put into use in the “real world”? Use as much of your educational experience to your advantage. You can also include a summary of coursework, which often demonstrates transferable skills that are used in the educational setting and in the world of business.

Employment History

Many college students have a work history unrelated to their targeted field. If this is true for you, take heart. You can include many transferable skills on your college or new graduate resume. At the most basic, you likely gained professional skills such as dependability, working with others, collaborating on projects, communicating with clients or customers, and much more. Your work history may not be as unrelated as it first seems.

Additional Information

Any volunteer work or memberships may lead to transferable skills. Just as your employment history helps you learn transferable skills, so too does volunteer work. It also demonstrates a commitment to helping others. If you’ve fulfilled any roles in a professional organization, this too can show transferable (and sometimes directly related) skills.

When you take the time to thoroughly review your experience, education, and other related activities, you will discover a number of transferable skills. Use these to your advantage! Your resume, college application, job application, or cover letter will be much stronger for it.

Aug 04

Remember that commercial you heard on the radio the other day? The one with the catchy jingle that you can’t get out of your head? That’s good marketing! Take notes from that on how to create a resume that will make an impression on employers. Much like commercials or ads…resumes need to grab the attention of the reader! When writers are planning commercials for print, television, or radio, they focus on finding a ‘hook’ that will get inside your head . You should do he same thing When writing your resume.

In fact you have to write a resume that captures the attention of the hiring manager within the first couple of seconds otherwise your resume will be tossed. Resume writing allows you a creative freedom that many people don’t bother using when they create resumes for their job search. You can’t be completely off-the-wall with your resume, you can still e craft a resume that is as catchy as that new commercial and maintain your professional image.

Gather together your information and make sure that you have a copy of the job listing. The copy of the job listing will help you with this. You can read over it for keywords, or to see where the employer places the emphasis in the listing, so that you know what aspects of your skills and training they are interested in hearing about. The resume doesn’t have to give your life story, it simply has to intrigue the hiring manager enough that you get called in for an interview. Now this doesn’t mean to leave them hanging. On the contrary, you need to be sure that you provide all of the requested information, as well as a full list of your employment history and educational background.

There is a delicate balance between providing a professional looking resume and building a creative resume. Keep that professionalism in mind while you write, you can take the creativity to whatever extent possible, while still maintaining integrity in your resume writing. Many people feel like they are simply recording a documented history of their experience, you are really creating history in your resume. Your resume is the one place where you can list your job experiences the way that YOU want, to give you the best chance at landing the job.

Nothing I have written above means or insinuates that you should lie. In Fact…NEVER lie on a resume; it will come back to haunt you. Being creative in language and phrasing etc. is a far cry from telling lies. For example, instead of saying “Assistant Manager”, you could say something along the lines of “Assistant Manager of Human Resources and Employee Relations.”   This gives a much clearer idea of what you actually did at your job than the first example.

Mar 14

It could well happen to you. You are sitting next to someone on a plane, or a train, or on a bus and in the course of conversation, you discover that they are with a company you would really like to work for. You can exchange business cards and tell them you will send your resume when you reach your destination. Or, you can instantly transmit your resume to them via your PDA or hand them a flash memory stick to download all your credentials on the spot. “Whether it is traveling internationally or at a party or even standing in line for a movie, you can never tell when a career opportunity might present itself,” said Robert Graber, founder of online career site,, “and the impact of instantly transmitting a resume is hard to beat.”

Graber notes that with today’s competitive employment market, you should always be prepared to initiate a job search. “Having an up to date resume and some supporting documents such as articles you may have published or periodicals in which you were quoted, will make a profound impression.”

Graber suggests that you prepare a few “iResumes” that can be downloaded via a USB flash drive or transmitted via your PDA. “Ideally you should have both Word and PDF formats,” he said. “You might have more than one iResume at the ready . . . one that is more industry-focused in addition to a more skill-centered version to choose from depending on the circumstance.”

Graber advises using only a PDF format for sending articles, awards or trade papers you are featured in to preserve their visual format which will maximize their impact when opened.

“You may have to email yourself these files from another source to have them in the email history of your portable device,” Graber notes, “so be sure to highlight which iResume or article is which in the subject line so you can find it quickly. And take care that these emails don’t get archived off the device as new mail comes in.”

“These career moments can happen quickly,” Graber noted, “but don’t forget to follow up with your new contact. Be certain you get a business card or have that individual give you their information via their electronic device and check to see that it comes through accurately.”

About the company:, the premier recruiting source exclusively for financial service professionals, is a member of the Jobosaurus family of uniquely specialized recruiting sites.

Feb 27

Courting your Career is a unique, easy-to-read book that draws parallels between the job search and dating rituals. By using real-life examples and anecdotes, you can relate to the perils of finding the right career position to dating situations to gain incredible insight.

With a touch of humor and a quite a bit of knowledge, author Shawn Graham imparts wisdom from his experience as an Associate Directors of the MBA Career Management Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. In Courting Your Career, Graham addresses everyday questions he fields everyday from job-seeking clients. His amusing anecdotes seek to help readers avoid similar mistakes to his clients by making familiar comparisons between searching for a job and finding the right partner in life. By using these provocative parallels, Graham offers valuable strategies for landing your dream job. By exposing the interpersonal nuances of the job search and how to develop these connections, Graham helps you achieve greater success in your job search. For example, Graham compares the close of an interview with the end of a date. While you don’t actually kiss the interviewer at the end, you should reaffirm your interest in the position (in the dating world “call me”) and inquire about the next steps in the interviewing process (in the dating world “when will I see you again”).

Courting Your Career is a lighthearted approach to a serious subject that can help shed light on subtle communications that can help you land the job of your dreams.

Feb 07

You did everything you needed to do to make a great impression at your job interview.  From an impressive resume to a suitable suit to impeccable manners, you feel that the job interviewer viewed you in a positive light.  Is there anything else you can do to ensure top consideration for your dream job?

Sending a follow-up letter after your interview is an important tool in your career search arsenal.  By sending a follow-up letter, you are reminding the job interviewer of your existence.  After all, the interviewer may be reviewing dozens or hundreds of resumes and people.  Your follow-up letter may be the simple reminder the interviewer needs to keep your name and face in the forefront of their thoughts.  Also, sending a follow-up letter after your interview gives you an opportunity to thank the interviewer for their time.  This shows your ability to appreciate the time constraints of your prospective employers as well as your sense of savvy with regard to proper business protocol and communication.  Sending a well-written, polite follow-up letter only takes a few minutes and can mean the difference between landing the job you want or being forgotten after you leave the job interview.

Jan 20

Here’s a great post suggesting what not to include on your resume.

Applying for a new job comes with its fair share of rejections, setbacks, frustrations and perhaps even lonely periods of unemployment. If you’ve been turned down for position after position, you could be getting desperate and may want to shake things up a bit so that your résumé will stand out from the piles of others stacked quietly in HR. Before you decide to get too creative, there are some rules to résumé etiquette that you should follow. Read below for the 25 things that you should never include on a professional résumé.

Read the full post here.

Nov 27

TalentDrive offers jobseekers important considerations for effective online resumes.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 27, 2007 — With more than 35 million resumes posted online how can you get your resume to the top of the virtual pile? TalentDrive, an innovative online resume sourcing company, has compiled tips for jobseekers in creating truly effective online resumes. Since TalentDrive launched in June of this year, it has provided resume sourcing services to more than 25 global companies, helping to fill more than 300 different job openings.

With today’s employment world made up of online automated searches, keywords and resume scanning, job seekers have an opportunity and a challenge. The competition is overwhelming, but working smart to impress employers and meet them where they’re searching is critical, advises TalentDrive.

Following are ten tips for getting your resumes noticed online:

1. Achieve maximum and targeted exposure. Don’t ignore niche job boards, social networking sites, university Web sites or local community sites. Employers are increasingly expanding their reach to such online locations.

2. Go beyond standard resume forms. Make sure to upload your complete resume. Don’t just fill in the standard resumes forms at the big job boards provide. While most recruiters rely on searchable databases like they still search the Internet for Web based resumes not to mention you might miss out on getting in front of those who don’t subscribe to the big job boards.

3. Jump the virtual queue. Remember that a resume is your sales paper to get in the door. Candidates need their “best stuff”, the most impressive and pertinent information at the top to grab employers’ or recruiters’ interest.

4. Optimize your keywords Provide industry keywords and your top skills at the top of your resume and repeat them often so they’ll be sure to be picked up by the recruiter’s search logic.

5. Spell out acronyms. Not every recruiter will know the industry lingo.

6. Be a parrot. Rely on and reflect the job description – if it indicates “3-5 years experience”, include that in your resume.

7. Devil is in the details. Make sure your formatting is consistent and spell check!

8. Show them the money. Senior-level applicants in particular should include a bullet list of accomplishments at the top, things that make them stand out over others, i.e. “awarded #1 salesperson for enterprise software team” or “managed a $1 million budget for marketing.”

9. Be professional. List multiple means of contact, including home numbers and cell phone numbers. Make sure to use appropriate email addresses for job hunting – “mysexymama@hotmail” or mybabysdaddy@yahoo” don’t scream professionalism.

10. Manage your Google presence. You can help present your best face online by providing links to examples of your work. For example if you are a graphic design artist you might want to include past projects on a personal Website future employers can check out.

About TalentDrive:
TalentDrive provides growing and established companies with a new way to source and screen quality talent through innovative technology combined with eyes-on review by experienced industry experts. With millions of resumes dispersed over tens of thousands of web-based locations, TalentDrive provides a resume sourcing solution that enables companies to better leverage the Internet to find talent within Sales, Manufacturing and Distribution, Information Technology, Finance/Accounting, and R&D/Engineering. TalentDrive enables companies to spend less time sifting through unqualified resumes, helping to increase a hiring managers’ productivity by 90%.

Additional information on TalentDrive services is available at, or by calling 866.916.2249

Nov 01

Never send an electronic job application without a cover letter. Your potential employer may not read it in its entirety immediately, but most employers definitely do expect you to take the time to write a cover letter and to do a good job of it.

The cover letter is your potential employer’s “first look” at you.  Just as you would not go to an interview poorly groomed and dressed, so should you not allow the slightest hint of sloppiness in your cover letter.

Make it businesslike: Address it to the person using his or her title and the name and address of the firm.  You don’t have to sound stilted, but don’t be too informal, either—this is not, after all, an email update to a friend about the party you both attended last Saturday night!

Before hitting the “send” button, be sure to double check your cover letter minutely; correct any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors you might have made. If your email signature includes emoticons, remove them.

Taking the time to write a professional-sounding, correctly formatted and appropriate cover letter will go a long way toward getting you the interview you want.

Oct 11

When you want to do an effective graduate job search, search first on; with an extensive network of more than 90,000 Web sites, 173 newspapers and 45 TV stations, it’s  one of the largest online recruitment and career-advancement sources for employers, recruiters and job seekers.

More than 21 million job seekers access monthly, and nearly 90% of users are college educated.

The site offers resume writing tips for new graduates, plus scores of “how to” articles on virtually every topic imaginable that relates to job-seeking. Representative article  titles include 25 Companies That Are Good for The World and Your Wallet, How to be a Winning Job Candidate, 5 High-Tech Tricks to Use in Your Job Search, Five Secrets to Working With a Recruiter, Hiring Outlook for Freelancers and What You Need to Know About Job Scams.

There’s more information on career than any job seeker will ever need, so if you need advice on how to get the graduate job of your dreams, go there now!

Oct 03

If you’re a recent or just about to be grad, it’s very tempting to write a long resume in hopes of impressing the marketplace you want to enter. However, assuming that you have the basic qualifications to perform the job for which you are applying, remember that it’s work history that hiring managers look at most closely when making their hiring decisions. While a lengthy resume may give an initial appearance that you’ve got a long work history, the truth is that you haven’t simply because you’ve been in school getting ready to work!

No hiring manager is going to be fooled for long by a resume that’s long on form and short on work history content, so do everything you can to keep your resume size down to one page.

The fact is that the important information about you will fit neatly into one page. You need to list your degrees, your career objective or job goal, a few of the jobs you’ve held outside of your college work, and that’s about it.

So keep your resume short and sweet, and don’t try to impress by sheer length alone.