Resume & Job Search Help

Resume writing can sometimes seem a little overwhelming, especially for anyone who is just putting together his or her first one. There are some good things to keep in mind while figuring exactly how to write a resume. FIRST, writing a resume is easier than most students think, and SECOND, plan to spend a significant amount of thought and time writing your resume. Revising your resume for each job will get you noticed. After all, you want your resume to demonstrate your best qualifications to your future employer.

A resume is typically a ONE page word document that should highlight your skills and achievements associated to the position and/or company you will be sending it to. It should NOT include all the details of your life! Each word should be chosen carefully in order to make it the most clear, concise, organized, easy to read, document possible. Keep in mind that the typical employer takes no longer than a 20 second visual sweep over a resume. Only the best resumes, not candidates, get longer attention and possibly an interview, so you will want to make sure you communicate efficiently and effectively.

If you don’t have time to stop by the Career Center, check out the links below for hints to creating the perfect resume and cover letter.

List of Job Search Methods

  • Ask relatives, friends, teachers, professors
  • Internet
  • Job postings
  • American Job Centers/State Workforce Agencies
  • Job fairs/hiring events
  • College/University or school placement offices
  • Union hiring hall
  • Contact local organizations

Unpublished Job Market

You may have heard about the hidden job market”. It simply refers to the fact that most jobs are not advertised. You need to become skilled at finding the hidden job market in order to have access to as many jobs as possible. Employers often have an immediate need to fill a position due to any number of scenarios: someone resigns, a contract is awarded, etc. Employers review their database of resumes, interview an internal employee, or a prospective employee before advertising.

It is more important than ever for job seekers to master the art of networking in order to find work. Networking means using personal connections to trade information about job leads and contacts.

A NETWORK is an interconnected group of supporters who serve as resources for your job search and ultimately for your career. Some great network contacts might include people you meet at business or social meetings who provide you with career information and advice.

Students often hesitate to network because they feel awkward asking for help, but it is an integral part of any job search. Networking is a skill that develops with practice. Most people love to talk about them­selves and their jobs and are willing to give realistic, and free, advice. Even after you’re hired, don’t stop adding to your network and nurturing your contacts.

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