I’ve seen over a half-million resumes during my career and have a great trick for college students and recent graduates to ensure their resumes stand out. Below are This One Trick Will Make Your College Resume Stand Out video and podcast highlights!
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This trick helps overcome the most common resume mistake: placing a worthless objective statement at the top of the resume.
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Remember, your resume has one goal: To entice a prospective employer to speak with you. This requires you to show what you offer, not ask for what you want.
Even starting with your education doesn’t buy you much because employers care about so much more than your schooling.
The Trick: At the top of your resume, include a Profile of you. This is a quick snapshot of you as a person and soon-to-be full-time professional. Your goal is to provide a one-paragraph, high-level overview of you as a student and part-time worker. This helps employers develop of picture in their minds regarding who you are and what’s forthcoming in your resume. You want to entice them. Keep in mind; this is your “sales copy” of you to get them interested!
Example: State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Psychology minor. Held various summer jobs and internships focusing on sales support activities. Served on several university and fraternal committees. Built additional sales-related capabilities via school fundraising activities and other volunteering efforts.
You want to include reference to these four items:
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I’ve reviewed more than 500,000 resumes during my career and have developed an optimal resume format that works for 95% of the workforce. Below are the How To Build The Ultimate Professional Resume video and podcast highlights!
Your resume has only one goal: To entice a prospective employer to speak with you!
Your resume does not: serve as a vehicle to ask for what you want or relay what you’ll do if the employer hires you. Use emails, cover letters, and the job interviews to convey those messages.
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In this section, include one or two very short paragraphs, which identify:
Don’t include what you want because you want to get them excited!
In the video and podcast, I provided two dissimilar examples of how to aggregate your careers (including a sales professional and hostess examples for illustrative diversity).
In this section, include three to four significant accomplishments.
You’ll hit home runs if you focus on the three key areas companies care about:
In the video and podcast, I provided additional examples.
In this section, outline the following information. The video and podcast have substantially more insight to the rationale and details.
Employers think in terms of time and chronology. They want to see career progression within and across companies.
List your school(s), city, state, and date of degree or anticipated completion date.
Extracurricular and Volunteer Activities
Identify any relevant participation, activities, and experience.
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There are typically four challenges:
1) How to thank the employer
2) When to thank the employer
3) What to say in the thank-you
4) What medium to use (handwritten, email).
There are two most important aspects of the thanking process.
There are two keys you need to know about thanking somebody to make it effective: speed and thoughtfulness.
Speed is how quickly you respond to them after your interview. I recommend 24 hours.
Thoughtfulness is the level of effort and care you put into the words you place into the thank-you. What messages are you're sending?
You realize three benefits when you thank the employer.
There are three benefits of writing a thank-you.
1) You Get To Thank Them: Whenever you’re preparing your thank-you note, you should open with thank you so much for your time and I really enjoyed meeting you.
2) You Get To Sell Yourself: Right after you thank them, add your own unique identifier. Put in your sales pitch. Reinforce why you're the best candidate for the job and why you’re such a great fit.
3) You Get To Reassure the Employer You’re Interested: The third benefit is to reassure the employer of your enthusiasm and interest in the position.
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