Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Perfect Resume

 Writing a resume, or letter of intent, can be scary a prospect. You want it to be perfect; to stand out in the right way; to give the correct information without being overly wordy...

Fortunately, help is available to create the perfect resume, or letter of intent. Lamar Audiology Instructor, Mrs. Ashley Dockens, presented "Writing the Perfect Resume", to the LEAD mentor and mentee group. 

"A resume is a short, concise document that states relevant 
information regarding your education, skills, experiences, 
accomplishments, and job-related interests."

The presentation included helpful hints about social media, tips for job hunting, and preparation for job interviews. 

Presentation Highlights:

Resume Essentials

  • Include facts about yourself that are relevant to the job to which you are applying.
  • Limit to one page (2 is acceptable).
  • Use spell check, check grammar, and have someone else proof read to catch mistakes.
  • Use clear, legible font; Serif and Sans Serif fonts are recommended.
  • Avoid fancy resume paper, and excessive decoration.
  • Keep a portrait format.
  • Consider creating a professional email address for work/professional correspondence.
  • Choose a clean-looking style for your resume format; these can be found on Microsoft, or on sites such as Etsy.
  • Use key words in your resume that are gleaned from researching the company; make each company feel as though you are applying only with them.

Preparation for Job Hunting
  • Tips for Job Hunting: Network and let everyone know you are looking for a job. Research your area for salary and opportunities.
  • Social Media: Create a LinkedIn Profile for professional representation; Clean up your social media sites so that the image presented is appropriate for potential employers to view.
  • Professional References: Always gain permission before using someone as a reference. Choose references that can speak to your work ethic, and experience. Prep your references by giving them a copy of your resume.
  • Interviews: Practice answering common interview questions; assemble interview appropriate wardrobe; educate yourself about the company and prepare questions for the interviewer.
  • Research job information: Checking out the company website, people and their philosophy, values, can give you valuable information.

Mrs. Dockens suggested that being yourself is best. Create a resume that reflects how your skills are a good fit for the job, by being honest and thoughtful.

Additional assistance with resume writing can be found on campus:

Career and Testing Services:
Lamar Career and Testing Services

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