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Category: Resumes (page 2 of 2)

Finding a Perfect Match:

Does Your Resume Reflect your Personality & Accomplishments?

When a woman thinks about her most prize possessions, her mother’s gold locket maybe comes to mind, her new car with the zebra print seat covers, and of course, her shoe collection. Years of collecting these precious jewels to accent any outfit, a woman’s shoe collection is definitely something to showcase her personality. Like the beloved shoe assortment that sits at the bottom of every woman’s closet, the adoration they have for these should be echoed in their feelings towards their resume. Let’s take a small adventure into how our resume can take some tips from our shoe collection, from the flats to the stilettos.

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Every lady has that pair of “steppin’ out” high heels that add a good four or five inches onto her height. They’re flashy to show off some of her greatest assets and get her noticed wherever she goes. A resume should show off your greatest assets just like a pair of five inch, silver, peep toe stilettos do.  Now is not the time to be humble– if you have great legs and the ability to lead a group effectively and creatively, then let it be known to the world.

A pair of beat up tennis shoes is an essential element in a complete shoe wardrobe. It shows that you’re not afraid to work hard, be persistent in the tasks you take on, and are always ready to get down and dirty with a volunteer job or leadership opportunity.  A resume should highlight the commitments or services that showcase a dedication and a time commitment to something. This is something that employers look for when selecting a candidate for a job or internship.

Not to go old school on anyone, but a classic pair of black pumps is a staple in a shoe collection just as pizza delivery is to a college student. Because they can be worn with almost any outfit, from your favorite pair of skinny jeans to that little black dress, the pumps show versatility and the ability to adapt to any situation. It shows how you can walk into a brand new company and find a place within the mission that every employee strives for.

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Last essential element to every woman’s shoe collection is a pair of something that is uniquely you—whether that is a pair of Cookie Monster house slippers or your favorite pair of Nike Dunks. Corporations look for people based on their distinctive accomplishments and something unique that they can bring to the company atmosphere. A resume needs to illustrate what makes you who you are because if you eloquently and correctively present yourself and if that’s a right fit for the company, they will hire you.

So, just like your favorite pair of shoes, your resume should be something that you are proud to wear with your cover letter and references as matching accessories. Who doesn’t love a little professional bling bling?

Need help with your resume?  Are you feeling like it doesn’t reflect all of your personality? We are here to help! Here are upcoming resume “polishing” opportunities:

  • Drop In Hours: Every Tuesday & Wednesday from 12-1 pm.
  • Resume/Cover Letter Workshops: October 13th (4:00pm Rd to Bali, Crosby); Oct. 21st (7:30pm Rd to Bali, Crosby); Oct. 28th 93:30pm Road to Bali, Crosby); Nov. 4th 97:30pm Rd to Bali, Crosby).
  • Resumania: Oct. 15th 12-1.  (Free Pizza!)

Written by Courtney Jacobsen, Class of  2011.

Let the Workshops Begin!

resume-writingAre you struggling with polishing your resume after your summer internship? Are you at a loss for how to even begin drafting a cover letter?  Well, you’re in luck!

The Career Center is having our first of the year Resume & Cover Letter Workshop on Tuesday, September 22nd at 3pm. Come to second floor Crosby, Road to Utopia to learn more about how to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the pack.

For the best workshop experience, we ask you bring your current resume and cover letter (no matter how it looks!) with you.  That way, we can assist you throughout the presentation.

If you can’t join us for this workshop consider swinging by for one of Drop-In Hours, every Tuesday from 12-1pm.

Looking for a Free Lunch?

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I thought the idea of a “free” lunch would get your attention.  (Very smart and budget consciou Gonzaga students!)

Today the Career Center is hosting our first Resumania of the school year.  Hmmm, are you wondering what Resumanina is?  Simple.  Swing by our office (2nd Floor of Crosby) from 12-1 today with a resume and we will review it for you…while you snag some slices of the free pizza pie.

No need for an appointment or to RSVP, just come on by.

Q’s?  Give us a call at 313.4234 or carrercenter@gonzaga.edu

Does your Resume Need a Good Polishing?

Does your resume really reflect you and your GU experience? Are you stumped in how to put your latest project or internship on your resume? Or you do need help getting that dreaded cover letter started?If any of these ring true, come to our Resume & Cover Letter Workshop where John will answer all your questions and more!

Does your Resume have the Top 3?

I found an interesting article on TweetMyJobs.com, the job hunting site through Twitter…yes the site with the little bird.  The article has 3 things every resume should have…especially in this tough economy.  According to Claudia Loens  , these three attributes are:

  1. A FOCUSED Objective
  2. Accomplishments
  3. Personal Attributes

Read below for more information from Claudia.  Great tips, consider adding them to your resume today!

An objective with focus – A resume which doesn’t have an objective is like having an airplane ticket with no destination. It’s a huge investment in ambiguity. Tell your employer exactly what you are looking for. Make it sound focused and dynamic. It doesn’t have to be more than one statement and avoid using “I” or “my”. An example is, “a strategic role in Customer Service Management in a fast-paced environment”. Simple and yet direct.

Accomplishments – Employers are no longer looking for WHAT you did, but HOW WELL you did it. Don’t simply list all of your duties and responsibilities. Make at least one or two bullet items illustrate what you achieved. For example, “saved the company $2 million by implementing a new tracking database” OR “achieved 130% of quota for three quarters in a row.” Put these in bold so they catch the readers eye.

Personal Attributes – When I read a resume, I like to know more about the person. It’s difficult to convey this in a document, so add a section titled “personal attributes”. List several power words which describe you and your work style and put them in a phrase. Words that work well include, enthusiastic, high energy, strong work ethic, strategic thinker, innovative, creative, hard working, dedicated, loyal and team player. Just remember to think about what exactly you want your resume reader to know about you and keep it professional. Things like “strong family man” and “active church member” don’t relate to the job and therefore, don’t belong on your resume.

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