Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Résumés: Five Great Things To Do
1. Show enthusiasm. It's okay to be excited about a job possibility. In fact, enthusiasm is often contagious, and says, "I'm ready to work!" What employer doesn't want an employee that conveys a can-do attitude?
2. Include Awards and Achievements. Employers want to see more than job history. If you've won awards for your work, schooling, special interests, or have done volunteer work, it tells perspective employers that you're willing to go the extra mile and that you are passionate about something.
3. Computer and media skills. Many companies maintain a high internet presence. Why? Because a lot of it it is free, and if you know how to navigate through twitter, blog spot, wordpress, Facebook, LinkedIn or other networking sites, that tells would-be bosses that they have someone who understands marketing more than most. Be sure to include mainstream software too.
4. Publications. Don't have any? Think again. All those blog posts you've stayed up late writing. Perfect. You're a published author. Employers will appreciate your love of the written word, and the fact that you can navigate successfully through the English language. One caveat here -- if your blog is entitled "All the bosses I hate" you should probably avoid putting that on your resume.
5. Use power verbs. What are power verbs? I was in charge of six employees. No! You supervised six employees. Some other power verbs to include on your résumé: executed, improved, produced, developed, directed, compiled, implemented, evaluated, designed, coordinated, and facilitated. Click here for Boston College's .pdf of action verbs.