You know your major, you know what career field you would like to enter, now, it’s time to create a one-page marketing document to sell your experience and education to land your first career job. This one-page marketing document, also known as a resume, serves as an employer’s first impression of you, so you must make it good!
Crafting a full and engaging resume is no easy task, especially when you may not have the most experience in the field you want to enter. Don’t panic, review the advice from various hiring managers and HR professionals to help you create a resume that will land you a job!
Take time to sit down and brainstorm all the things you have done in college career. Things like volunteering, classes you have taken, extracurricular activities, leadership roles you have taken on, and any awards you have received. Having a list of these accomplishments will ensure you don’t forget anything as you begin to write your resume. It will also make it to easy to list the activities and accomplishments that apply directly to the job you are applying for.
2. Highlight your Education
While most experienced workers list their education at the end of their resume, recent graduates should put this information at the top. Your education section of your resume should include; your school name, your degree, GPA (if high), any academic awards, and any course work that specifically relates to the job you are applying for.
3. Take a Close Look at Your Extracurricular Activities
Involved in a sorority or fraternity, or other campus organization, that you coordinated events for? Played sports throughout high school and into college? These activities can all be used to demonstrate your expertise in a variety of areas. Spend time reviewing these activities and putting them into words that would apply to a job you are applying for. For example, if you coordinated a fundraising event for a school group, provide specific data on that event to allow it to sound more professional ‘coordinated 50 volunteers, and secured $500.00 in auction items’. This will help show how your current skills can transfer into the professional world.
4. Organize Your Resume to fit Your Experiences
Basic resumes have sections for Objective, Education, Work History, Accomplishments, etc. If these sections do not fit with the information you have, change them! Maybe you have a large amount of relevant volunteer experience, add a section entitled Volunteer Experience. Have skills that would be desirable to your next employer? Create a Skills section to highlight these talents.
5. Review Sample Resumes from Your Desired Field
Check out what sample resumes on the internet for your specific field. This will help you get a better idea of what employers in that industry are looking for. Do not, however, copy the resumes word for word, but use them as a starting point or a guide to help develop your own.
6. Ask Someone to Review Your Resume
At WAEF, we will review your resume to make sure you have included as much information as possible and have marketed yourself to the best of your abilities. We are not the only people who will do this for though, many of your schools have career centers with professionals that will look over your resume. Know someone in an industry you would like to break into? Ask them to review your resume, and ask for any feedback on areas that may need to be changed.
-2017-2018 Scholarship Renewal is now OPEN and posted on 360Alumni under the Events section. This is not an actual event you need to attend, but 360Alumni is the only place the link is posted so you can easily access the renewal application. Questions about whether or not you qualify? E-mail or call Talia at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509)663-7713
DEADLINE is JANUARY 15th, 2018
What’s going on at WAEF?
Holiday Luncheons will be taking place this month! Wenatchee’s holiday luncheon will be on December 19th, 2017 at Pybus Event Center. Yakima’s holiday luncheon will be on December 20th, 2017 at Le Chateau. Both events are on 360Alumni. Log on, select the location that works best for you, click register and save! This is the only way to confirm your spot.
RSVPs must be received by December 11th.
Career Tours will be held on December 21st for both Yakima and Wenatchee. For those of you who have not attend career tours before, these tours are a time to explore a variety of diverse job opportunities, job environments, and ask questions about an assortment of career paths. Career tours are now posted on 360Alumni, please choose one location that works best for you, click register and save! There are limited spots for the tours to RSVP as soon as possible. If the tours do not fill up the last date to RSVP is December 15th.
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