Yesterday, I had the pleasure of getting reacquainted with my fellow journalism colleague Alma for a nice run around the campus. The weather was beautiful – sunny but with a nice breeze – and we connected over job-searching woes as recent (or in my case, almost recent) grads. I’m happy to say I now have a weekend running buddy! New routines may be hard to start, but motivation comes much easier with a friend in tow. Plus when do you ever get the chance to gallivant across campus without hordes of zombie-like students getting in the way? Our late morning run left me feeling great all day, and I can’t wait to do it again.
While Sunday was full of activity (followed by several errands, which are really major activities in themselves), the majority of today consisted of me stuck at the computer, typing, searching, retyping and searching some more. AKA reformatting my resume and sending out job applications.
Resume’s are my one-page nightmare. How does one market themselves effectively and successfully? How can I fit everything on that darn page? How do I portray my lack of experience as an attractive skill set that demonstrates my potential? Thankfully, I had the guidance of some key peeps, namely my dad (a director of finance who has recently hired several employees to fill in gaps made from the mass-lay offs of 2009), a career center counselor and a close friend who works for the HR department of Northrop Grumman. All are people who know what they are looking for when going through a stack of potential candidates. Below are some key points that I took away from them to improve my resume:
- Use active verbs when detailing your job responsibilities.
- List specific accomplishments, especially if you don’t have much experience. It not only shows that you were an asset to the company, but that you meet or exceed goals. Read the full article…