College Career Fair Resume Advice

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College seniors have an excellent employment seeking tool at their disposal: the college career office. Every school has one, a place where students can turn to for resume writing help, interview tips, job leads and more. These offices also will conduct one or more college career fairs for upcoming graduates, your opportunity to meet with prospective employers. Before you take in a job fair, the following resume writing advice is offered.

1. Plan your resume early. Chances are you have not written a resume before. Or it may not reflect your current information. Many college students work as interns in their junior year, an experience that should be shared on the resume. Consider what other relevant work you have done over the past few years including assisting your professor, volunteer work with your church and your part-time employment.

2. Get yourself organized. Open a Microsoft Word or equivalent document and begin to type in information about yourself. Start with your name, address, contact phone number and your email address. Plan to fill out no more than one full page and use a 12-point type, choosing Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman as your font style. Margins should be set at one inch and use off-white paper for your final copy.

3. Know the proper format. For college students, formatting a resume means placing greater emphasis on education than on work experience. You have the educational background, but your work experience is limited. Following your personal information, list your job objective. Then, provide your work experience followed by your internships. You can follow with your skills and abilities, your volunteer history and conclude with your education.

4. Use action verbs. Resumes read so much better when you use action verbs. Action verbs show authority and convey without ambiguity what you can do. For instance, you might say, “Bolstered company earnings by upselling to customers.” And, “chaired the exploratory committee for student interns.”

5. Ask for help. Don’t expect that you will build your resume alone. In fact, seek help at any step in the process. Your college career office can walk you through the steps until you have completed your resume. Ask for help early and ask for it often!

6. Get it reviewed. Proofread your resume. Then proofread it again. Have someone review it. Update your resume following outside input, then take it to the college career office for another review. Once you are satisfied that the resume reflects who you are and what you want to become, then print out hard copies on resume quality paper. Make a *pdf version of the same and store this on your computer. Update your online resume including your LinkedIn profile.

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When you are ready to go to your college career fair, arrive with 10 to 20 copies of your resume in hand. Dress and look the part of the professional and be prepared to explain your resume to the recruiter. With the right resume in hand, you are in the best position to interview with confidence as the information you present accurately reflects you.

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