Starting to get your Resume/Linked In profile/About Me together
Hopefully by this point you have started to amass some job skills, whether it’s specific software skills or more loosey goosey type skills such as “good with people.” Depending on what you want to do, you’ll likely need a combo of both. If you are IT or Analytical and can’t have a conversation with someone and can’t present to a group in a cohesive way, a management position in that area is not going to be for you. You’ll be considered a back-room player—which is fine, but your progression will stop at a certain point. (that doesn’t mean that the money will stop—think about how much back room actuaries earn…) And if you are a good manager and people person, you’ll need a skill set behind you to be able to move to the next step.
What I want to do now is to help you formulate your skill set into something that is easy to read, looks good and will help explain who are you are to people who will be looking at a sheet of paper.
- The top of your resume. The only reason I bring this up is because many of you will be applying for jobs while you are in college and may not apply in the area that your family lives (ie you want to work in NYC for the summer or permanently—your family lives in Ohio—you are in school in Florida). In this case, you need to put only your name, phone number and email address (and a professional blog address if you have one).
If you’re trying for that NYC job, the company will want to know that you’ve figured out where to live so if you have a local address put it as part of the top. Putting one in Ohio will be turn-off some people (“I don’t want to deal with an intern/new hire who now has to figure out where to live….”). You want people to think that working with you is easy, not difficult—that you’ve figured out how to get where you want to work and how to live. If you don’t have an address, then talk about your situation in a cover letter. Even if it’s a full-time job, you want the company to know that you’ve figured out your living situation or can figure it before you start. You can do that by saying I can start with two week’s notice—and then figure out how to sleep on someone’s couch or get a quick temporary apartment share.
The next part of your resume should basically be a short summary preceded by a title. Your resume will be looked at quickly so you want to make the most impact as fast as possible. Generally HR people and recruiters look at the top of a resume first to see where you live, then go to the end to see where and when you went to college, and then will go back again to the beginning to see if it says anything related to what they are looking for.
So if you give yourself a title, you are capturing a moment where you are best able to position yourself in the readers mind. Your level and experience will define the title. My title is Senior Level Executive Recruiter and Talent Acquisition Specialist. When I worked in advertising it would have been Seasoned Advertising Account Executive, if I was in IT I would say Senior IT Professional with Financial services Experience. You can say something like Junior Copywriter or Social Media Strategist—as long as you have something to back it up and you’re not lying, it’s okay.
So look at this:
Brandon H. Quillian
Social Media Strategist
The next part of your resume can be a short summary and then some bullet pointed skills that highlight what you can do. The one thing that you don’t want to put on your resume is an objective. A “I’m looking to work….” Portion is not going to help you get a job. Companies don’t really want to know what you want to do, they want to know how you are going to help them achieve their goals. At some point in your career they will pay more attention to what you want, but not until you become a valued employee and a company wants to make you happy and not leave.
My next post will be the skill section and the rest of the resume.