The final speaker for SDC was Christine Olszewski, who is the Manager of Special Projects and Events at Eisbrenner Public Relations agency. She gave students insight on what to do and what not to do on the single most important papers you’ll ever write–your resume! She broke her demonstration down into sections and the following is a summary of her suggestions.
· Always remember that your resume is YOU…on paper. This is your chance to brag about yourself, to show employers what you have done and what you are capable of doing. You want to jump off the page! However with that being said, Christine suggests not to use images or colors on the resume (unless it pertains to the job you’re applying for) in order to keep it professional.
· Resumes and cover letters are your ways to communicate to a potential employer about yourself. The writing MUST be strong- no grammar or spelling mistakes. It should be revised thoroughly. A resume should also ALWAYS be only one page. Christine pointed out that even people with years and years of experience should keep their resume down to one page. This means being choosy about what you include. Include relevant information that shows what you have done and the outcomes of it.
Show Your Scope
· Differentiate yourself from the competition. In other words- if you’ve seen it, don’t use it! This means templates…aren’t the best idea. Find a format that you like and tweak it until it represents you. Make it easy to read and flow well. White space is a good thing, but at the same time do not waste valuable space.
· Employers assume that if you have a degree, you know how to write. So including on your resume that your wrote many documents does not really tell them very much. Try to show the scope of what you have done and how it translated into results. Results, results, results! Christine could not stress this enough. We want to know what the results of your execution produced. Show action, try to show what you stand for and try to include some of the core values of the company you are applying for. Show why you are right for the position and the company.
· Above all, think critically. Just because you planned something to have a certain outcome and it falls short does NOT mean you should not include it in your resume. Include it, just try to make connections to what you have done, what was accomplished from it and what you learned from it.
· Font should be no smaller than 10 point and try to stick to traditional fonts- nothing crazy. Stick to Times New Roman, Arial, or something along those lines. Remember, format can be almost as important as content. The page must look good and flow nicely.
· Don’t include what Christine calls “Duh! Info”- Save your resume lines for important content. You don’t need to include an objective, because it’s usually obvious without being stated that your objective is to get a job. You also don’t need to include “References furnished upon request” because Duh!- whoever is reading your resume knows that if they ask you for references, they can be provided. Save that space for interesting information about you and your experience.
· Don’t use jargon or slang! This is not a text or even an email. It is a professional document.
· One last tip- Christine suggests printing out your cover letter and signing it with your real signature, then scanning it. Your real signature shows you care and shows you took the time to add that little extra.
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