In a few weeks, employers will be interviewing on campus. Some will be looking for interns to work in summer 2016; and some will be hiring December 2015 and/or May 2016 graduates for full-time professional positions. Are you ready to put your search into high gear? Is your resume ready? The goal of a resume is to get the job seeker an interview. How does your resume measure up?
Crafting an effective, high quality resume takes time. I wish I could give you secret shortcuts that would make this job quicker and easier. Unfortunately, I can’t. However, taking the time and doing the work to do the job well is worth the effort. Frankly, quickly throwing just anything together usually, doesn’t work at all.
If you already have a resume, take it out and look it over while considering the following:
Can the recruiter or hiring manager tell what you are looking for by reading it?
Is your resume up to date and does it include your most recent experience?
Are your strongest and most relevant skills and experiences easy to see?
Have you written about your skills and experience in a way that matches what is required in the job description?
Do your bullets demonstrate your skills and accomplishments rather than simply listing tasks and job duties?
Use the resume rubric created by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to evaluate and improve your resume.Resume Rubric_Summer 2015
Check these websites to make sure that you have avoided the most common resume errors:
No matter where you are in the resume writing process, starting from the beginning or fine tuning, there are resources on campus to help you.
There are online workshops that are available 24/7. http://engineering.asu.edu/career/students/help-desk/
On Friday. September 11, resume workshops will be presented LIVE with time for Q&A. There is a workshop for underclassmen writing their first technical resume and a separate one for job seeking seniors and graduate students.
If you feel that your resume is a finished document and are looking for some feedback from professionals, there will be “Rapid Resume Reviews” the three Fridays prior to the Fulton Schools Career Fairs: September 18 (graduate students), September 25 (undergraduates) and October 2 (all Fulton students).
Be sure to check out the full schedule of career fair preparation events at the Polytechnic Campus – including a Saturday Super Session (October 19) that includes all of our workshops in one morning!
For the times and locations of all the upcoming “prep events”: http://engineering.asu.edu/career/events-calendar/
I know that the school year is only beginning and you are still getting used to your new classes and schedules. However, all across the country, recruiters are visiting college campuses looking for new talent. Be ready when they come looking for you!
Joyce Donahue is a career counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a nationally certified career counselor and holds “Master Career Counselor” membership status in the National Career Development Association.