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Guest Post: “Looking Good on Paper”

Hello RezScorians!

Here’s a guest post from Laurie Davis,  the Director, Counseling & Programming at Yeshiva University. Laurie’s an expert on getting your resume noticed, and she’s compiled a few handy tips for our readers. Laurie is not affiliated with RezScore, she’s just an awesome friend!

 

There are so many resources about resume writing, both online and in print, that at times it can be overwhelming for those seeking advice. Show your resume to one person, and you may get advice that is totally contrary to the advice received from someone else.Should your education be at the beginning or the end? Should you have a profile or not?How many pages is an acceptable length? Ask different advisers from different fields, and you’ll get different answers.So my advice is to make sure you’re obtaining guidance from someone who is either a hiring manager in your field of interest, or has heard direct feedback from such recruiters.Second, understand that recruiters in general spend literally 10-15 seconds on a resume before determining if they will either a) throw it out, or b) take a closer look. That means that appearance and structure matter a great deal. So take the time and effort to make the resume perfectly polished.

Here are a few additional tips that are universal:

-Don’t have typos on your resume. Period.

-Don’t write a useless objective.“To obtain a position that will allow me to use my skills” is not helpful. If you choose to write an objective, make it very specific. For example, “To leverage my psychology background and managerial experience to transition into the field of human resources.”

-Tailor your resume to the industry, highlighting areas that are most directly relevant. If your most significant experience is buried in the resume, create a new section called “Related Experience” to move it higher up on the page, and then have an “Additional Experience” section with any other positions that are less relevant.

-Be consistent in formatting throughout the document. Commas, dates, hyphens, use of bold, etc. all must be used in the same way.

-The second “P” in the word “PowerPoint” is capitalized. No space in between words.

-Don’t list “reading” or “sports” as interests. Be more specific and unique.

Overall, just organize your experience in a logical and thoughtful way that highlights your experience and skills. At the end of the day, remember that while the resume might get you an interview, it’s the interview that gets you the job – so don’t perfect the resume and ignore interview preparation.Spend just as much time perfecting both, network like crazy, chase something you actually want to do, and be persistent. Is it a lousy job market? Yes. Are there jobs? Yes. Can you get one of them? That’s up to you. Start by marketing yourself properly on your resume and you’re off to a great start.

- Laurie

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Director, Counseling & Programming

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