The Resume Dr. Is In

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Did you realize that the employers that visit our career fairs are not just looking to fill permanent positions? Many also come to recruit interns. If you are just starting or are in the thick of your internship search, the Hawk Career Fair & Expo should be on your “must attend events” list. In case you don’t know, it’s taking place on Wednesday, September 30th from Noon to 4:00pm in the University Center (Hamilton Center & Ballroom).

If you’re going to attend the fair, you will want to bring lots of copies of your resume. This means, of course, that you must have a resume…

If you don’t have a resume (or even if you do), you should avoid the dreaded templates. You will find these in Word, for example. While they can be helpful for identifying the information to put on a resume, they do not look professional. My co-workers and I can spot a template a mile away, as can employers. And that is not a good thing.

So how do you figure out how to format your resume? If you do have a resume prepared and you used a template, open up a new document and, using your template resume as a guide, make it your own. If you are starting from scratch, seek out sample resumes. You can start with a Google search – you’ll find lots of samples online. If you have a friend who has a nice looking resume (preferably one that has been critiqued by a career counselor), you might base your format on his/hers. There are lots of ways to organize a resume, so start with a format that is visually appealing to you – keeping it professional, of course.

While it is important for your resume to look appealing to you, you also need it to be appealing to the employers who will read it. That is where Career & Leadership Development comes in! If you feel like you need a lot of help with your resume, schedule an appointment with one of us. Call 262-472-1471 or stop by the office (UC 146). 

If all you need is a check up, stop by one of our Resume Dr. events this week! The Resume Dr. is a drop-by event – no appointments. A staff member will give you quick feedback on your resume.

You can find the Resume Dr. at the following locations at the following times:

  • Monday, September 21 – 1:00-4:00pm, Hyland Hall Atrium
  • Tuesday, September 22 – 1:00-4:00pm, UC Concourse
  • Wednesday, September 23 – 9:00a-12:00p, Hyland Hall Atrium
  • Thursday, September 24 – 9:00a-12:00p, UC Concourse

I’ll be at the table for the whole time on Thursday.

I want you to feel confident when you’re handing out your resume at the career fair. Stand out from the crowd – in a good way.

And please keep it to one page, or someone might get mad. Wow! Kind of true, but wow!

 

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