The Perfect Resume

Learn how to create The Perfect Resume:

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Title: The Perfect Resume

Section 1: Use These Power Keywords

Experience, Management, Project, Development, Business, Skill, Professional, Knowledge, Year, Team, Leadership

Using these keywords makes it 70% more likely you’ll get a 5 star rating.

Avoid These Keywords

Me, Need, Chance, Develop, Hard, First, Time, Learning, Myself

Using these keywords makes it 79% less likely you’ll get a 5 star rating.

Include These Sections

Objective, Summary, Work History, Training, References

You’re 1.7x more likely to get a 5 star rating by including these sections.

Avoid These Sections

Languages, Personal Interest, Accomplishments, Hobbies

You’re 24% less likely to get a 5 star rating when including these sections.

600-700 Words

Resumes between 600-700 words in length are rated higher than shorter or longer resumes.

The right length results in a 30% increase in your odds of getting a 5 star rating.

Say “Thank You”

We have found that 10% of 5 star resumes that included a cover letter use the phrase “Thank you for your consideration”.

Increase your chance of receiving a 5 star rating by 29%.

Remember This

Politeness Matters
Make It Clear You’re a Team Player
Present Yourself as “The Solution”
Display Confidence That You Will Get the Job Done

Lastly, Keep it Relevant!

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Extra-curriculars and resume: Best practices for putting extra-curriculars on your resume

 Extra-curriculars and Resume:

Best practices for putting extra-curriculars on your resume

Extra-curriculars and resume: Make sure you put extra-curriculars on your resume. Spring is here therefore students are searching and applying for internships and jobs. This is also the time that many students realize they need a resume! Drafting a resume for the first time can be frustrating but you can find ways to add to it.  Do not despair! Here is a little known fact: you can add the skills you gain outside of class to your resume.

Extra-curriculars and resume: Skills from extra-curriculars to put on your resume

When you’re thinking about what you have to offer a company, keep in mind what you have done in your extracurricular activities. Here are some skills that you may not have realized you have or didn’t think were worth mentioning:


Extra-curriculars and resume:Leadership

  • One quality that employers are always looking for is leadership potential.
  • Clubs and student organizations on campus are great opportunities to gain leadership experience before you graduate.
  • Include your positions. If you have held an officer or manager position in student government, Greek life, sports teams, or any organization on campus, you have experience leading a group of your peers and should be reflected on your resume.
  • You can offer them not just leadership potential but leadership experience.

Extra-curriculars and resume:Teamwork

  •  Being a part of a sports team or other student group requires that you learn to work with the people around you.
  • Whether you are planning a fundraising event, working on a community service event or practicing before the next big game you have to be able to communicate effectively and know when to compromise with others around you.
  • Being able to successfully work as part of a team is invaluable in the work place and shows the employer your ability to work in a team environment.

Extra-curriculars and resume:Organization

  • Helping to plan an event for a club or sports team requires a healthy dose of organization.
  • Planning events often means simultaneously recruiting volunteers, communicating with the necessary campus offices, and working with the other members in your group.
  • The organization that this requires is a useful skill for interns and employees.

Extra-curriculars and resume: Time management

  • It takes forethought and discipline to manage and stick to a schedule so you can make all your meetings, rehearsals and finish your homework.
  • Set priorities and make personal deadlines to ensure everything gets done.
  • This is exactly what employers need their employees and interns to do.

The take-away from this article is that you should not immediately discount yourself from a position just because you do not have any directly related experience. Think about the skills you have gained from pursuing your other interests.  Consider how those skills might apply. People like to see what you do outside of your major.

5 ways to get people to remember you (in a good way) while networking

5 ways to get people to remember you (in a good way) while networking

Quick. Say something memorable about yourself, on the spot, in less than 15 seconds. Now come up with another – and then smile professionally, right in front of a bunch of strangers.

Oh, and if you’re feeling bold, drop in a phrase that indicates you’re looking for your next job or another client. That’s your mandate at the next professional association, MeetUp or chamber mixer.

Don’t just introduce yourself. Stand out and be memorable; be the person they recall the next time a project manager job opens up or a colleague needs a first-rate translator. After all, networking is one of the best ways to land a new job.

Your introduction ought to build on your personal brand, and it might be light-hearted or heart-felt. But it definitely must be short and memorable. Here are five easy ways to network more effectively in person:

1. Create a clever one liner about you

“Spend some time before your next networking event coming up with at least one humorous, self-deprecating or intriguing way to introduce yourself and what you do,” a blog post for the National Association of Entrepreneurs recommends. Use “short pithy snippets of information … keep it light and snappy and you will be memorable.”

2. Jot it down and try it out

Consider what it conveys about you and how it could be misconstrued. Refine your pitch and “try different things to see what works,” said Gail Tolstoi-Miller, who runs a recruiting and speed networking company in New Jersey.

3. Consider your value.

Often the best pitch shows how you benefit other people, what problems you can solve, said Tolstoi-Miller. This pushes you way past your job title into thoughts on how you could help the person you are about to meet. Sometimes you cannot know that, so Miller suggests you may want to end your introduction with a question such as ‘How can I help you out?’ or ‘How can we help one another be more successful?’

4. Add a twist

Most people use their job title to introduce themselves. That works better if you jazz it up or add a surprise or a mention of some interest that jazzes you. Think of the twist as the squirt of fresh lemon juice in a big glass of water or the olive in the martini. Try saying: “I’m Julie Jobseeker, and I’m an HR manager who loves to shop. I want to land a job at a mid-sized or regional retailer with a great employee discount!” Or “I’m Jeff Jobhunter. I believe in second chances – for people and furniture.” He sells used office furniture and is striving to create a second career in sales training. Or use your nametag to highlight your hobby or some fun fact about you to be more approachable, Tolstoi-Miller suggests.

5. Practice your pitch, but be perky too

It doesn’t matter that this is your fourth networking event or career mixer this week. You still need to sound enthusiastic and passionate, said Tolstoi-Miller. Smile. If you feel discouraged or tired, “be an actress and pretend you’re happy,” she said. “Leave your problems at home” and remember you have only now to make a memorable first impression.

Who Makes What: Minimum Wage up in 13 states

“The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman –responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?

“The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.

“Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.”

Read the full article at: 3 Out of 4 Americans Agree: It’s Time to Raise the Wage

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