Anywhere from five to 15 seconds. The interview then determines how you will do the job by assessing your performance. Basically, the resume gets you the interview, and the interview gets you the job.
Explain the difference between a “profile” and an “objective.”
A great way to get ideas for your resume is by looking at job posting/descriptions. Let’s look at several job posting examples. Find a bunch of organizations that you would like to intern at. Check out their websites—looking especially at the different departments or issues/topics/causes they cover. You might also want to look at the job opportunities on the site to get a sense of the organization’s style, etc.
Example: political science major with knowledge of Eastern European issues. If you apply to intern at a think tank, then that will gain the HR person’s attention.
I would only list projects and/or course work if its relevant or interesting. And, if it’s on your resume, be sure that you know your project well enough to talk about it.
The keep word to remember as you write your bullet is “how.” HOW did you accomplish your task and part of that will be—what were the results.
Responsible for supervising software engineers.” “ Transcribed research data.” “ Excellent written communication skills.” “ Helped develop a brand identity for NPR’s jazz programs.” What do these four sentences have in common? All can easily be mistaken for information in a job description or duties that you would be required to perform on the job. These things read, “Here are the tasks/responsibilities required in this job.” It doesn’t say, “Here are all my achievements.” So, all the correct resume bullets had one thing in common: they demonstrated tangible and measurable achievements. Another way to think about it is try to distinguish your duties from your skills. Duties are the activities you perform on the job: generating reports, helping coordinate an industry conference, providing desk support. Skill are the tools and techniques you use to accomplish these tasks: knowledge of certain software, comm. abilities, leadership skills. Before compiling your resume, write down all of your previous duties. Then list the skills and abilities that were necessary to accomplish each task.
- doesn’t give the reader an idea of exactly what you’re referring to.
Think of this section of your resume as the courses, opportunities, etc., that you’ve completed on your own time to either enhance your work skills or things that interest you. To me, I look at this and think to myself that the person is motivated to do stuff outside of work to educate/improve him/herself.
Coursework—if you worked on a group project, etc., that’s relevant to a particular field, put it on your resume. Part-time jobs—working at the Gap or at The Olive Garden may not seem like the kind of experience employers are looking for but your part-time gig taught you some important skills that can translate to any workplace. You learned how to diplomatically handle all sorts of people—even difficult ones. Plus working through school shows dedication and impressive time-management ability. Campus leadership positions—it’s impressive to be a dorm president or RA. Show how this position made an impact on the organization/school. Clubs, etc.—If you are a varsity athlete, then you probably have leadership skills, teamwork and some serious time-management—all things employers consider to be important. Volunteer work—this really counts as relevant experience.
Address the letter using an honorific (Mr., Ms., etc.) and a specific individual. Don’t do the typical – To Whom This May Concern; Dear Sir or Madam, but try Dear Human Resources Director. Specify the position you’re applying for or state the reason you’re contacting that organization. If you don’t know the person’s name, call the organization and ask the receptionist for the HR Director’s name.
Hit a positive balance between features and benefits. Features are the specifics you bring to the job: experience, education, training, awards, skills, abilities, etc. Benefits allows you to emphasize what your features mean to the employer. For example: “ I have the five years of hands-on experience you’ve identified as critical, which means I’ll be productive from the moment I begin working with you.” The first half of this statement presents features (experience, education), while the second half emphasizes the payoff for the employer (productive from the start). The point is close the gap between the skills and abilities you offer and what that means for the employer. Hit a positive balance between features and benefits. Features are the specifics you bring to the job: experience, education, training, awards, skills, abilities, etc. Benefits allows you to emphasize what your features mean to the employer. For example: “ I have the five years of hands-on experience you’ve identified as critical, which means I’ll be productive from the moment I begin working with you.” The first half of this statement presents features (experience, education), while the second half emphasizes the payoff for the employer (productive from the start). The point is close the gap between the skills and abilities you offer and what that means for the employer.
Construct a strong, positive closing paragraph that includes a summary remark, follow up information and some statement of appreciation. Example:
Also, remember to clearly label the “subject” line in your e-mail.
Sidebar: I recently read a very interesting article on what employers want in their employees. Research shows that half of hiring managers take a certain qualification into account when making hiring and promotion decisions. What is it? A person’s writing ability. No matter what your field or position, your ability to communicate using the written word plays a major role in career success. Many hiring managers cite typos and grammatical mistakes as the most common resume errors. There’s an organization called the National Commission on Writing that says that two-third of salaried employees in American companies have some writing responsibility. It doesn’t matter what level in the company.
So, that means, no: denim shorts, short skirts, halter, strapless or tank tops, flip flops, workout attire, beachwear, midriff-bearing clothes, or concerts t-shirts or shirts with offensive slogans or logos.
I would say that you should just be comfortable with the following to have a successful first “interview”: yourself; the industry; and the employers. Be sure to send a thank you note ASAP. That will differentiate you from others. Make it simple and brief and indicate that you are interested in the position.
Career Action: Establishing Your Professional Foundation Tips to help you write an eye catching resume and cover letter and prepare for the interview process Developed by Sarita Venkat
Be sure your name stands out; include nickname in parentheses
Include one or two phone numbers where you can be easily reached (home and cell are best) and be 100 percent sure the contact information is correct; ensure the voicemail messages on those numbers are professional and simple (i.e., no humor, music or children’s voices)
Use an e-mail address that is professional; SurferGirl@domain.com or CoolDude@email.com is not acceptable
Experienced writer and editor with over five years of researching the strategic needs and challenges confronting Fortune 500 companies. Possess solid written, communication, analytical and organizational skills. Consistently recognized by management and peers for producing high quality work and demonstrating a results-oriented work ethic.
Distinguish duties (activities you performed on the job) vs. skills (tools and techniques you used to accomplish the tasks)
List out your duties
List out skills/abilities necessary to accomplish each task
Focus on your accomplishments NOT your job responsibilities.
DEMONSTRATE your achievements. Use metrics whenever possible. (e.g., Include the amount of the budget you managed, number of people you supervised, percentage increase in sales, number of client accounts you managed, etc.)
Eliminate vague words--“some” or “various” or “many”
Use descriptive words. Should lead with a past-tense action word . (examples: directed, led, managed, achieved, delivered, generated, increased, initiated, launched, created, established, implemented, saved, etc.)
Don’t include everything you did at every job—select relevant bullets based on your audience.
Address your cover letter to a specific individual.
Answer logical questions, such as why you’re interested in this particular opportunity and why you’re the best choice.
Ask for an interview and tell the recipient that you will contact him/her.
Cite real examples: concrete outcomes; notable accomplishments.
Mirror the words the employer used to describe the position.
Limit your cover letter to one page.
Refer to yourself in the first person “I” instead of “one” or by name.
Spell and human check your cover letter. Your cover letter should illustrate your very best writing and communication skills. If your best work contains errors, what is the quality of your everyday work like?