Friday, August 31, 2012

Career Fair Prep: Resume Development


Your resume is a very important part of your professional development as it directly portrays your skills and abilities to employers. The information that it contains must be organized in such a way that it highlights and presents your unique and individual skill set. Within a minute, an employer may scan your one page resume and look for a characteristic or experience that is going to distinguish you from other candidates. As you prepare for interactions with employers at the Career Fair, you will want to prepare a resume so that they can further survey your skills, abilities, and interests after you talk with them.

Below, you will find the different types of information that you will need to provide in each section of your resume. Our office provides sample resumes for you to view the different ways that you can format your information within a Word Document. Do not use templates; they have the tendency to result in errors of translation and formatting when emailed to an employer or uploaded to Connections.


Heading:

  • Name
  • Contact Information: address, email, and phone number


Objective:

  • Begin with “To obtain…”
  • Position type
  • Reason why you are applying for the specific position or career field


Education:

  • Name of University
  • Location of University
  • Degree Title
  • Graduation Date
  • GPA (if above a 3.0)


Experience:

  • Company
  • Location of Company
  • Job Title
  • Dates of Employment
  • Three to five descriptions of work



Activities and Honors:

  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Volunteer Work/Community Service
  • Intramural Sports
  • Leadership Involvement or Positions
 


If you need to fill out your page, you can include a Reference section at the bottom of the page. Make sure that you list the actual references on a separate page and provide their job title in addition to their contact information: physical address, email address, and phone number. You should have three to five references available for employers to contact.



This blog post provides the information that you can include in the different sections of your resume. For more specific advice related to your degree or to the purpose of your resume, please call our office to set up an appointment with one of our staff members.

We would love to critique your resume so that it represents you in the best way possible. Please come in to meet with one of our Career Center Ambassadors or email it to career@career.msstate.edu. Please let us know if you have any other questions about developing your resume.






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