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Examine the organization’s website and literature for information about its priorities, initiatives, and company culture. Attend company-hosted information sessions to get firsthand tips from recruiters, and be sure to ask the recruiter how you can position yourself. In tailoring your resume, highlight the skills specific to the job at hand, and use the keywords and verbiage you’ve gleaned from the job description and your research. Make matches between your knowledge, skills, and experience apparent.
leadership abilities, written communication skills, problemsolving skills, and more. (See “What Matters?,” right, for a list.) Look at your classroom and relevant work experiences for examples that show you have these key attributes, but also look at your extracurricular and community activities and interests; you may find great examples there as well.
When examining resumes, employers say they look for evidence of:
Ability to work in a team Leadership skills/experience Written communication skills Problem-solving skills Strong work ethic Analytical/quantitative skills Verbal communication skills Initiative Technical skills Detail-orientation Flexibility/adaptability Computer skills Interpersonal skills Organizational abilities
Format for Easy Reading
In general, what matters most to employers are your experience, skills, and education, so make it easy to find and understand these by offering a clean, well-organized, easy-to-read resume. Don’t make the employer hunt for critical information. Don’t clutter your resume with irrelevant, unrelated detail. Although some job seekers can (and should) develop offthe-chart resumes, remember that “form follows function.” Yes, those applying for a graphic design or similar position, for example, should think about how their resume can pull double-duty—serving as a “show and tell” of their skills and abilities. And some job seekers have created clever, webbased resumes filled with interactive visuals in their quest to secure a web development job. But many jobs don’t lend themselves to that level of creativity. In fact, you can hurt your candidacy by providing a resume that doesn’t match the job. A potential employer will look at your resume for a matter of seconds: Make those seconds count.
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Showcase Relevant Work Experience
Relevant work experience—often gained through an internship or co-op experience—gives you a big advantage over candidates who lack such experience. In fact, nearly three-quarters of employers taking part in a recent survey said they prefer to hire a candidate with relevant work experience—experience that relates to the job at hand—over other candidates. Highlight your relevant work experience on your resume. Draw connections between what you did as an intern, for example, and what the job requires.
Showcase Key Skills
In the same survey, employers said they look at a resume for evidence that the job seeker has worked in a team, and has
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013