By Pete Corrigan, Eller Career Coach and Employer Relations Coordinator
Applying for Professional Admissions this semester? A strong resume is key to a good initial impression. Career coach Pete Corrigan points out some important aspects to be aware of when developing your resume.
1. Formatting: Your resume must be easily readable and your most relevant experiences highlighted. Be clear, concise and relevant.
Consider these experiences:
- Have you studied abroad?
- Interned with a well-known company?
- Lived or worked in a notable major city?
- Are you involved on campus?
Whatever it is that makes you different highlight it in a way that it is easily located within a few seconds.
2. Use action verbs to emphasize the skills you have learned or strengthened through your experiences: Instead of telling the reader what you did, also include the skills you used to do it.
- Before: Organized weekly meetings for my fraternity where they networked with invited guests
- After: Collaborated with campus faculty and local business leaders to organize weekly meetings for networking and professional development purposes
3. Quantifying your experiences: What quantifiable results are because of actions you took?
- Lead and motivate fellow employees in my role as “head server” resulting in a ten percent increase in monthly sales
- Implemented various creative marketing techniques resulting in being recognized “Salesperson of the Month”