On Monday Career Services hosted a resumé workshop for students, emphasizing the importance of resumés as the first point of contact between job applicants plus the fact that 40.5 percent of the United States’ unemployed are college students.
“The easier you make it for the employer to find what they are looking for, the more likely you’ll be to get an interview” said Assistant Director of Career Services Laura Igram.
On average an employer takes less than one minute reading an applicant’s resume.
In the workshop participants were handed out mock resumes with recommended formats.
The second part of the workshop was a discussion about transferrable skills – skills one gets from a job.
Participants then chose a skill they felt they acquired from present or past positions and explained it as if writing it on their resumé.
Sometimes students are vague, often times putting minimal information in the bullet points of their resumé, said graduate assistant Christine Kourinian.
For example, if they have worked as a secretary, they may list “made copies” under job duties.
The speakers urged students to be more thorough with their descriptions and transferrable skills.
“Talk about the action you took and what came out of it. Show what you did and what the result was, because being able to prove it to people is important,” Kourinian said.
The third part of the workshop consisted of participants looking at a job listing and a resumé side by side and indicating if the resume provided the information the listing required.
The biggest mistakes students make on resumes are spelling, grammar and punctuation.
“It’s almost unforgiveable to send a resumé with an error,” Igram said.
The speakers offered additional tips, opened the workshop up for questions and invited participants to bring their resumes to career services for review.
“Try to avoid words like ‘help,’ ‘assist’ and ‘responsible for,’ because it makes it seem like you helped other people carry out an action, you want to show you carried out the action,” Kourinian said.
Igram advised students to write their resumés in the language of the employer or company and to know the industry and their expectations and needs.
“Make sure if you put it on your resumé you can back it up in your interview,” Kourinian said.
“The workshop was helpful, it got questions I had cleared up,” said Rogelio Serrano, an international business major.
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