Professionals in Training: Building your Resume

This is your junior year of college and everyone is buzzing in your ear about being a professional and starting to look for jobs and internships in your career. However, you need one little thing to help you cross the bridge to success. What is that you might ask? A resume!!!

Throughout the years you’ve had many jobs, from the bagger at Winn-Dixie all the way to flipping burgers at Burger King. While you may think that your superb fry cook skills aren’t that important to your “career” you’ll be surprised that that is not the case. Many people feel as if their work experience isn’t applicable to a good paying job. Some may ask the questions, why would they care if I worked serving over cooked chicken nuggets and asking customers, do you want fries with that? Who cares about paper or plastic? Well guess what they do care. A resume is a summary of your work experience. So be honest and let your future employer know about your past work experiences. However, it is very important about how you sell your qualifications or dress up your interactions in the job force. You may ask yourself, how do I do this? Well here’s how.

First, when writing your resume you should make sure that your format is correct. On the top of the page you need to identify yourself. Make sure you state your name in the center. From there you include your complete address with your city, state, and ZIP code. If you are in between states you should use both a current and permanent address if you will be moving during your job search. From there you should include a reliable phone number and email in which you can be reached.

Secondly, you should discuss your education. If you are a freshman in college you can state your high school education but if you are a sophomore and above in college only stating your university is fine. To do this you should address what university you attend, your major, GPA (optional), and related coursework that are related to the job you are applying for.

Thirdly, is your experience section. This is one of the most important sections on your resume. In this section you will pinpoint your previous jobs in chronological order. In the title lines you should state the position title, organization, city, state, and date range in which you worked for that employer. This section is not solely for jobs, it can also state any volunteer and leadership positions you held on or off campus. Remember to always use action verb statements when describing your experiences.  This goes along with selling and dressing up your qualifications.Make sure you highlight specific and vital information with action verbs to show that you are qualified for the position.For example, words such as administered, authorized, designed, directed, fulfilled, prioritized, transmitted,questioned, etc.

Next, you should tell the employers about awards or honors, activities you are involved in, leadership, and any other skills you possess. Even though this section is optional you should still enhance your resume with letting them know about your achievements and what you have accomplished.

Finally to put the icing on the cake you should PROOFREAD PROOFREAD PROOFREAD!  You can get a friend to look over it, a professor, or a worker at your University’s career center. Looking over your resume is very important to make sure that you don’t have any careless mistakes because the first step in being a professional is staying away from spelling, grammar, and any other technical errors that could be avoided.

At the end of the day when you submit your resume you’ll have a better grasp on what employers are looking for and you’ll feel accomplished looking back on all your hard work through the years.