Recently, I had the opportunity to go and attend a resume workshop. Because I had never written a resume, it was a helpful push in order to get started. As a freshman, one thing I learned was that it is never too late to work on your resume. With the constant search for job interviews in today’s world, having the resume to score that interview can effectively get you the job of your preference. Individuals should know that they are never limited to writing their resumes as there are multiple resources online that can give tips for writing an effective resume.
The first three tips when writing a resume were related to self-reflection. In order to submit a resume to a company, you should first reflect on why you believe your strengths contribute best to this specific company.
- Identify your skills and abilities. For example, what are your 3 greatest strengths? How do you know you have these attributes? Where have you proven this?
- Explore a variety of careers to determine the requirements of the occupations you are seeking. What skills are they looking for? How does this fit with your own skills and abilities?
- Make a list of the experiences you have been involved in: jobs, volunteer work, activities, leadership roles, awards etc.
Guidelines for writing resumes may seem simple, but they often overlooked. In general it is important to keep the reviewer of the resume captivated with who you are and why you would be a great benefit to the company. In order to do that some general guidelines consist of:
- Making the resume concise but thorough.
- Displaying the content so that it is easy to read.
- Using full detail with an organized layout.
- Choosing which information is most important to least important.
- Organizing events/dates in reverse chronological order.
Shortly afterwards, I managed to find some time in order to make a draft of my resume. Here at Villanova the Career Center offers resume check-ups. Without making an appointment, I had my draft reviewed, leaving with a revised copy here below:
JOSEPH J. UN
100 Bogert Rd. #1 River Edge, NJ 07661
Objective: To find employment in order to gain experience in multiple fields of business and to increase experience in different working environments.
Villanova University, Villanova, PA May 2018
Villanova School of Business
River Dell Regional High School 2010-Present
GPA: 92.3 (out of 100)
- Mission Trip, Costa Rica- 2008
- VBS (Vacation Bible School) Teacher 2007-2010
- Praise Team Leader (Church Band) 2008-2014
- Lead Vocalist/ Drum Set/Keyboard 2013
- Agape Ministry Community Outreach 2010
- Outreach/Invitation to homeless Hispanics
- Serving Breakfast
- Teaching English
- Mission Trip, Yucatán, Mexico 2013
- Trumpet Accompanist (Arcola Korean United Methodist Church) 2013-2014
- St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service 2014
- Teacher’s Assistant for Arcola Korean Institute (Korean School) 2010-2014
- Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program 2010-2014
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Brass Ensemble
- National Honors Society 2012-2014
- Tri-M Music National Honors Society 2010-2014
- 2nd Place-PWC Accounting Challenge at Villanova 2014
- President’s Education Award -Outstanding Academic Excellence 2008, 2014
- Hansoree Scholarship Award (Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program 2012
- Primoris Academy-Secretary/Office Worker/Teacher’s Assistant 2014
- Trumpet Teacher 2012-2014
Even if you have a finished resume, it’s never a bad time to review, revise, and edit it. Don’t wait, use your time to make that small tweak! For more information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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