Much to my surprise, a decent amount of visitors actually read my last post. However, I have not received any new Linkedin connection requests from any of my friends yet. Bummer. Guess I’ll have to try to convince them again in the future. And because online resume building/networking isn’t catching on fast in my social circle yet, hopefully at least everyone has a nice, clean, well written and updated resume on hand to use, send or print if they ever need it. You never know when you might come across a job that you are interested in applying for. It is much easier to have a strong resume prepared and ready instead of having to write and compile a new one hours before the job listing is set to close.
I have submitted a number of resumes in my short, post-college career that have earned me interviews. In my current position, I have also read dozens of applications as I was a part of the process of hiring new employees. It was interesting being on the hiring side of the fence this time, because I realized firsthand how terrible a poor resume can affect your chances of getting a call back. I know that a lot of people may stress about their resume because they do not have much relevant work experience. That’s ok. You can still have a solid resume filled with coursework, school projects, volunteer work or anything that can make you and your personal brand look stronger.
I’ll stress this again; I am not even close to being an expert on this subject. But because I have experience reading and writing both strong, and poor resumes, I feel that I could at least help people get on the right track or assist them in constructing a solid resume. So, feel free to send me yours and I can take a look and provide amateur (but free!) critique.
Whether you are a high school student looking for a summer job or a soon to be college grad worried about starting your career, you have no excuse to have no resume prepared besides laziness.