We can thank Lori Staggs from the Career Services Center for the AMAzing resume advice from last weeks meeting. This week we are going to emphasize on the “what not to do” on a resume. With the Career Fair fast approaching it is important that we focus just as much on good things to put on a resume as we do the bad. According to Monster.com ten things to avoid are as followed: 1. Typos and Grammatical Errors, for a one page resume it should be literately flawless, however if we are the ones proofing our own resumes sometimes it’s easy to over look mistakes. Make sure you have it proof read by a second set of eyes. 2. Lack of specifics, although a resume is a page of all of your experience’s make sure you explain them and don’t leave details out. Something as simple as waitressing can be better described as “great customer service skills”; use your creativity to specify a position 3. The one size fits all resume, do not do it. Resumes should be tailored to the position in which you are applying. Employer’s want to see how and why you are best for the job not a generic resume you send to every other employer. 4. Highlight duties instead of accomplishments, this gives employers a better idea of what you did every day, this is more applicable than position accomplishments that did not occur as frequently. 5. Going on too long or cutting things too short, similar to number 4 Resumes are hard; they expect you to put all of your work experiences, accomplishments, and volunteer hours so on and so forth on one sheet of paper. When it comes to resumes put as much as you need to in order to successfully describe a position. Don’t take out stuff just to fit on one page but on the opposite hand don’t right a novel either. 6. Bad objectives, if you choose to put an objective on your resume, do so because you know you are going to stand out. Stray away from statements like “Seeking entry level employment” Because if your objective is anything like that, save the space for something that will make you shine. 7. No action words, too often people use phrases like “responsible for” look to action verbs to describe more specifically a position. 8. Leaving off information, this is a hard one for me. Don’t be afraid to put on all of your job experiences on your resume even if some may not seem relevant, because in one way or another those experiences have and will help you for new positions. 9. Visually too busy, it’s okay to cheat the margins in order to keep your resumes from being two pages if it could be one with a little page layout adjustment, however if your resume is more filled with text than actual paper that is not going to look good. And last but not least, 10. Incorrect contact information, whether you put references on a cover letter, through and email or on your resume make sure the people you have as references are still in there same position and still have there same contact information. These are my tips for the week; I wish you all the best of luck on your resume building and your career fair experience!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.