Life After Ombudsman | The Power of the Resume

Date: November 25, 2011

In addition to having character, you will need to have an informative and interesting resume. Your resume is usually the first impression you give an employer. It is like your way to sell yourself before a potential interview.

The key things you want to express in a resume are:

1) who you are (name, contact info, etc)
2) what you can do (skills/experience/responsibilities)
3) prove it (achievements /contributions)

Click here for more on the parts of a resume.

At your age there might not be a great deal of work history that your resume provides, but that’s ok. We will work on creating what is called a combination resume. It will allow you to focus more on your skills than your experience. However, if you have some valuable work experience, this type of resume will still give you an opportunity to highlight those.

Download the Combination Resume Template

Employers usually only spend 30 seconds or so reviewing each resume. So let’s make sure we leave an impression in those 30 seconds.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

    1. Tell the truth: Make sure that the information that you provide paints you in a good light, but more   importantly that it is true.
    2. Proofread it. Proofread it again! We can’t stress enough the impact of poor grammar and spelling.
    3. Include Volunteer Work: Often times volunteer efforts show more character than holding a paying job. Don’t forget to include those.
    4. Use Action Verbs: Powerful words and action verbs help give clear descriptions and are more noticecable. A list of some words by skill category can be found HERE.
    5. Limit to one page: Since employers see so many resumes, help them out and keep it brief. If you have a 2nd page, put your name on top of page two.

 


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