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What are the best things for your resume?

After college, getting a job can be very competitive. How do you make yourself stand out from the crowd? What are ways to boost your resume? What are employers, especially in business, looking to see? business resume resume-building evaluating-resumes job-search-strategies job-market job-skills employment

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Claire’s Answer

Hi Madeline! From my experience, a strong resume is one that comes from a person that is very well rounded. It is of course important to some employers that your grades are good, but they also want to see diversified extracurriculars, hobbies, etc. Volunteering is a great way to show employers you are well rounded and also help out your community!


You also want to make sure your resume is formatted in an easy to read manner and that it is free of spelling or grammar mistakes. Some samples are provided in the next steps section!

Claire recommends the following next steps:

https://resumegenius.com/resume-templates
https://www.thebalance.com/free-microsoft-resume-templates-for-word-2063143
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Abby’s Answer

For me, what has made my resume get noticed by more recruiters was all the experience I had written down on my resume. whether it was from school or a job. Even if the only experience you may have are from participating in school organizations or any volunteering you may have done, still put it on your resume! It's good to show that you still participated in something. To make it more appealing, phrase your statements in ways that show you actively contributed to the organization that you were a part of. Talk about what you did in that organization and what the positive result was from the actions you did.
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Melanie’s Answer

Hello, there are a few things you can put on your resume that could make you stand out from others and that is
1. If you have worked on any major projects, that would be something they would want to see.
2. Join some organizations and become an officer, shows that not only can you handle school work and a job but you spend your time with a organization that requires responsibility, time, and hard work.
3. Also, start applying to internships before you graduate. Companies want to see you've already experience working at a job that is within your major and some internships will give a trial run while you're working there an give you an offer when its the end of your internship.
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Marianna’s Answer

Great question.  What I look for when reviewing resumes is to make sure it's not more than 2 pages.  Highlight of skills is the first thing I look at, then experience with specific examples. No need to include references.  Always include a personal letter for the job you are looking for.  You can also have multiple resumes based on the job you are applying for.  When I was looking for a new job I had a lot of skills sets in project management, operations and communications.  When I applied for a communication role, I concentrated my resume on all the communication work I had done, and deleted most of the operational stuff.   

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Angela’s Answer

Resumes can be tricky since you do not know exactly what the reader will be looking for. Best practices that have treated me well are including a skills summary, a cover letter, and tailoring the cover letter and resume to the job. Use the job description to highlight relevant and transferrable skills. For example, if you have been successful with leading group projects, highlight your ability to coordinate a team and provide a specific example of an excellent result. Highlighting examples of learning a new skill and implementing it with success is another transferrable skill that will show your aptitude, which I value over any specific industry knowledge. When prepping for your interview, make sure you have these specific examples top of mind to pull from! I keep a list of examples grouped by skill set that I can study before an interview so I have them top of mind. It helps relieve nerves when you are asked the situational questions.

Angela recommends the following next steps:

List skills and specific examples by category (i.e. communications, operations, sales, presenting, project management, team work)
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Hanleigh’s Answer

Hi! First, you do not need to include a summary or an objective. Your experiences should include 3-5 robust descriptions about relevant skills and accomplishments acquired on the job. I think any experience like internships, organizational leadership, jobs, and many other positions can be great experiences to include on your resume. Remember, not all of your experiences have to be a traditional job. You also have an opportunity to include any volunteer, awards, and education.
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