Resume writing can sometimes seem a little overwhelming, especially for anyone who is just putting together their 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 good 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 document that highlights your skills and achievements associated to the position and/or company you will be sending it to. 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 about 15 second to visually sweep over a resume. You will want to make sure you communicate efficiently and effectively to get noticed during the resume review process.
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
Unpublished Job Market
You may have heard about the “hidden job market”. It simply refers to the fact that most jobs are not advertised. It costs money and takes a lot of time to advertise jobs. Many employers will first look within their pre-existing employees to find references or search their existing pool of people they know. So how do you break into this "hidden" market? Start putting yourself out there and meeting people in organizations you're interested in working for! Become skilled at finding the hidden job market in order to have access to as many jobs as possible. Employers often have a revolving need to fill a position due to any number of scenarios: someone resigns, a contract is awarded, etc. Take advantage of the thousands of possible opportunities by connecting with people you're interested in learning more about/from!
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. That's right- your own personal group of cheerleaders! 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 and it is important to realize how much value you have to offer any employer! This is not a one-sided relationship, you are bringing in your own perspective, talents, and values to add to what is already in place! Networking is a skill that develops with practice. Most people enjoy talking 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.
Need some tips on how to network that work for your style and personality? Visit Career Services! Yes, even introverts or people who experience anxiety around new people can become effective networkers by learning the best strategies for their communication styles!