How’s that RESUME Look?

We all want to work at our dream job, right? So not a single day ever feels like work, right? But to get that so-called dream job you’ll need to have a killer interview. And before you can even interview you need the most important tool to sell yourself to employers, recruiters, and HR departments before they ever even meet you. What is it you may ask? It’s having an effective resume! Here’s a few tips and guidelines to improving that resume to get you through the company’s door and landing that interview.resume-interview-620x480

1.) Formatting Your Resume

Generally the first time a resume gets looked at it’s for 10-25 seconds. What’s this mean? This means that your resume better be as clear and concise as possible.

  • Be sure to use a logical format and wide margins, and clean type along with clear headings.
  • Use bullets in order to call attention to important points.
  • Apply bold and italic typeface to help guide the reader’s eye to important content.

2.) Identify Accomplishments, Not Job Descriptions

Hiring managers seek candidates who can assist them with solving a problem or satisfying a need in their company, so you’ll need to make sure your resume states how you’ve solved similar problems at past work experiences.

  • Focus on what you did in the job.
  • Include one or two top line description of the job, then list accomplishments.
  • Accomplishments should be unique, not just a list of day-to-day tasks.
  • For each point/accomplishment you should ask yourself, what was the benefit of having done what you did?

3.) Quantify Accomplishments

When it comes to reviewing resumes, a very common mistake hiring managers face every day is the use of too much industry jargon and confusing general claims. Be sure to use your resume as a marketing tool to sell your skills and strengths effectively.

  • Include specific achievements and accomplishments that will send a comprehensive picture of your marketability.
  • Quantify achievements at any chance you get by generating percentages, dollar amounts, number of employees, results, etc. These are big confidence boosters for hiring managers.tailor_255x255

4.) Tailor Your Resume for the Industry

When designing your resume you need to be aware of the industry you’re going into and what kind of territory comes with that industry. For example, the resume of someone in advertising and design has a lot more leeway when it comes to creativity with the layout compared to someone in chemical engineering.

  • When in doubt stay on the conservative side when it comes to style (not to be confused with boring… more along the lines of less flashy if you’re a chemical engineer.)
  • Essentials: Accomplishments, grammatically-correctness, error-free writing, and a clean crisp type will make the right impression.
  • When revising don’t rely on spell check… Use it, but review it many times yourself, and then get another set of eyes to look it over to get another perspective on things.

5.) Think Career Summary Versus Your Objective

What’s the difference? A Career Summary gives a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Where Objectives all sound the same: seeking a challenging position, interested in position A where I can use my skills A, B, and C in order to contribute to the bottom line. What does that tell us? Not much at all.

  • With a Career Summary you need to grab that hiring manager’s attention right from the get-go, with keeping in mind you have less than 25 seconds to make a good impression.
  • Spend a decent amount of time developing your career summary so you achieve getting their attention by accurately and effectively describing you as a solution to their problems.

6.) Network! Network! Network!

If you’re an unemployed candidate, then handing out resumes should be a full-time job. The majority of positions today are filled through networking, so contacting anyone and everyone you know with the addition of recruiters who are in a position to hire or provide insights is crucial. Networking can include:

  • Personal business contacts, people you’ve worked for or who worked for you.
  • Vendors / sales representatives you’ve dealt with in past 5 years.
  • Friends and family that work in the same or similar industries.
  • People listed in alumni directories of your alma mater.

With a solid resume you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting through the door, landing that interview, and being one step closer to securing your dream job.

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Pat’s Editorial Experience

Hey guys, it’s Pat again.

I’ve always gotten a kick out this picture we use for our inspections articles.

I’ve always gotten a kick out this picture we use for our inspections articles.

As I mentioned before, I wasn’t too sure about taking this job because my background and goals are in creative writing. Over the last few weeks I worked on Safety Compliance Alert, which I didn’t have such high hopes for. I expected safety to be a pretty dry topic.

I actually really liked working on SCA. There was a lot to learn and a lot of area to cover. And as it turns out, some of the most fun I’ve had at PBP has been while writing the “Sharpen Your Judgment” and “What Would You Do?” sections of SCA. Both of these sections incorporate creative writing, so I had a blast writing those, especially in the ones where I was able to create characters.

Working on SCA also gave me some more experience calling customers. The “What Would You Do?” section always presents a scenario to the reader and then we provide different responses to that scenario from three of our readers. This required me to cold call customers, find ones that had a few minutes to spare, summarize the scenario for them and then try to get a response good enough to print. As it turned out, the hardest part for me was getting people to actually answer their phones.

I switched gears again at the start of this week. I’m now focusing on What’s Working in Human Resources. It’s been enjoyable so far, and there isn’t as much to learn this time since I started the summer working with HR Benefits Alert.

Overall, this internship has been pretty great. PBP isn’t a household name like Time or The Washington Post, but it does do business with a lot of movers and shakers. While here, I’ve met some very talented people, made some good connections, gained experience in writing newsletters and online material and have gotten exposure to some industries in which I’d otherwise know nothing about. I’ve also developed what I’d call a pretty decent portfolio, which was one of my goals when I took this job.


Writing for PBP

3Hi, my name is Patrick Schober and I’m from Lancaster Pennsylvania. I’m a senior at Kenyon College where I’m majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. In my free time, I enjoy biking and ultimate frisbee.

I found out about Progressive Business Publication’s editorial internship while poking around online for summer internship opportunities. It was advertised as being paid, which was nice, but I was a little worried about the kind of writing involved.

I’ve never cared for journalism; I hated writing for my high school yearbook and newspaper.

But after an interview with Progressive Business Publications, I became intrigued by the idea of specialized journalism, which is what they focus on here. Instead of going out every day and reporting the news, you research and write while focusing on one area. For some reason, that idea appealed seemed much more exciting than regular journalism.

And I’ve gotta say, working in the editorial department for Progressive Business Publications has been a pretty sweet gig. I’m getting real experience with a major company and I’m getting paid to write–something I’ve wanted for a long time.

Like Kate, I rotate to a different editor every few weeks. I started off writing for two websites: one focusing on customer experience and the other on HR related material. At one point I dipped my feet in The Internet & Marketing Report, a pub that used to be in print, but has since been relocated online.

I’m almost done working on HigherEdMorning, a website geared towards higher learning professionals, and Foundation & Corporate Funding Advantage, a newsletter that helps find available grants.

And soon I’ll be working with a new editor that specializes in workplace safety.

Working here has taught me a lot, both about writing and about different aspects of business. And since PBP’s publications are expert-to-expert, I often need to do some research before writing a new article.

When I took this job, I was hoping to get some real world writing experience. I’m only halfway through the internship, but I’ve already contributed more writing than I thought I would for the entire summer! Coming here was a good choice.