Tips for improving your resumé

Asia Daniel, WSU public relations sophomore (and PRSSA member of course), gives a short recap of the Resumé Writing Workshop, PRSSA hosted on October 20, 2011.

Last Thursday, Wayne State PRSSA offered a resume workshop for our members. Susan Barr, the recruiting coordinator at WSU Career Services, presented us with information and key points for writing a resumé.

According to Susan, “a resumé guides the interviewer to what is important about you.”
The key points of her presentation included: preparing a resumé, writing resumé tips, objective statements and profiling.

Susan explained when preparing a resumé, you must first tell the truth; it is your job to sell yourself. She also mentioned that you list information in order of interest to your reader and when listing your education you must list from your most current or recent degree.

  • When it comes to writing a resume you must use exact figures; focus on accomplishments, not routine duties; and use action verbs (also known as “resume power words”) when starting a sentence.
  • An objective statement must be the first item under your heading. You should have a statement that sets you away from other job seekers; and you must incorporate the company and job you are seeking into your objective statement.
  • Your profile should be a brief synopsis of what you can do for the company; you may also list skills and qualifications under your profile.

Susan Barr explains that if you are at freshman or sophomore standing, it is important that you do research on what kind of career you want to have by the time you graduate. To do this, you should:

  • Pick 5-10 companies you think you might want to work for
  • Research job descriptions
  • Pick a job title

With these helpful resumé writing tips, I can assure you that you will have a prefect well written resume to present to employers!

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