Let's Talk Resumes

The resume, a critical document that presents concise information about who we are as workers, is one page of writing that people spend years building and perfecting. Resumes can vary so much depending on the person, their major, and the position that they are seeking. They can range in design and organization and more obviously in their specific content details.

But they all have the same purpose: to convince employers to hire the candidate by capturing their attention and urging them to continue reading his or her resume when they could be spending their time reading someone else’s. The structural features that are expected and essential to every resume allow those reading it to better understand the person who wrote it. Resumes are broken down into specific sections, given labels, and identified by unique formatting patterns.

As a senior this year, I have spent an absurd time thinking about resumes and obsessing over tweaking my own.  But luckily, I am not alone in this extremely overwhelming endeavor!  I not only have my peers to bounce ideas and formatting questions off of, but I also have the University Center for Writing-based Learning and the Career Center where I can make appointments to talk specifics.

As I have written about before, the University Center for Writing-based Learning ​offers a variety of appointment types, which can be helpful when you are trying to schedule time out of your busy life.  All tutors maintain their own updated resume, are equipped with assisting with specific word choice and basic formatting, and can always help catch those stubborn little grammatical errors.

If you are looking for more specific assistance within your major, the Career Center is a great option!  They have someone on staff who is knowledgeable on each major and they are always happy to help you streamline your resume for the exact job you are looking for.  The Career Center also has really helpful online resources to help you with formatting and using strong action verbs that are sure to get you hired!

Finally, I recommend two things to ease your resume stress:

1.      Drafting early and revising often.  Even if you aren’t ready to enter the workforce yet, keeping your experience updated makes things a lot easier when you are. 

2.      Make the appointments when you have the time and take others’ feedback into consideration.  Responsibilities will sneak up on you faster than you think and your desired employer should not be the first one seeing your resume!

 
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