We are pleased to present this series of 6 blog posts and podcasts to help college graduates make the transition from college to career.
Number 4: Your Calling Card
Create the perfect cover letter & resume.
- Keep in mind that you’ll want to create these documents for the printed page in various digital formats too.
7 tips to help you create your perfect cover letter and resume:
1. Create a digital document which will contain ALL of your experience to date.
- Meet with your career guidance office or professor to learn what is the best format for your field of interest.
- Do not underestimate the amount of time and care that you must invest in these documents.
- Remember, people are looking for ‘perfect’ here.
- Most employers will not look past the top one-third of your resume page. If they see something promising, in the top-third, they continue to read.
- Customize the information on your resume so that it is only applicable to the specific job you are applying for.
- The documents you send out need to be proofed by someone who an excellent proof-reader. These documents need to be perfect in every way.
2. Do not include any experience that is not directly related to the job you applying for.
- Do include your applicable coursework. Tell them what you’ve learned.
- Do include on or off campus work, paid or unpaid that applies to the job you are applying for.
3. Identify 3 trusted person who know your work and will speak honestly and highly of you and your work.
- Be sure to include their title, place of business, telephone number, and email address.
- The more they can say about you, the better.
- Let your professional references know ahead of time. Request that they be a reference for you.
4. Do not lie on your resume.
- Once you cross the line into ‘making stuff up’ then you cross the line into trouble.
- Lying on your resume can get you fired and blacken your name in that industry.
5. Create online versions of your resume on your professional website.
- Version No. One: HTML. This is searchable and you can insert links to relevant references.
- Version No. Two: Microsoft Word – Read only document. This remains the standard in word processing documents.
- Version No. Three: PDF – This is commonly free and available on all computers.
6. Register your website with these search engines:
7. Insert something unique about you in your resume.
- You need to STAND OUT! Remember, you are one of many.
More on this in our next Blogpost / Podcast, “College to Career – Your Job Search
Help people and they will help you.”
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