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Recent College Graduate Résumé, Remedied

TeamSugar member htric is a recent college graduate in need of a job, so she posted her résumé in my Résumé Remedy group for some advice on how it could be improved. Htric is hoping to get an IT job, which is smart thinking because it's thought to be one of the few recession-proof fields out there.

  1. Remove unnecessary details: You want employers to get a clear picture of why you might be qualified by skimming though your résumé, and if they only catch the unnecessary stuff your candidacy loses strength. At minimum, consider taking out the objective (it's stating the obvious), your University's address, and your lifeguarding experience.
  2. Focus on what is important: It makes sense that you've had several different experiences during college, but you've only listed one responsibility next to a few of them. Either elaborate on these jobs, indicating the skills you learned that will help you in another job you might get, or delete them.

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  1. Consider including a summary of qualifications: I don't typically recommend this, but for an IT job it may be a good idea to introduce your résumé (after personal details) with the systems you're familiar with, especially since you're applying for an entry-level job. Potential employers will know from the start what type of training you've had.
  2. Clean up tenses and edit your action words: If your job ended in 2007, you're not "assisting students," you assisted them. While you're at it, review the other action words that you've used and make sure they are compelling. One of the sentences begins with "duties included" — swap this out for an action word.
soulight soulight 8 years
I've also heard conflicting issues about objectives. The one I hear the most about is how redundant they are, especially with a cover letter. If anything I would like to know what to write that would make me stand out in a good way. With this job I have, all I could think of was "To seek in employment in your company." Which begs the response "duh!"
Meike Meike 8 years
Sorry, but objectives are necessary. If ever the resume gets separated from the cover letter, then company X might forget which position the applicant is applying for. If you take out the objective off this resume, I'd be inclined to think more than one thing. An objective takes out all of that ambiguity. It's better to state the obvious than to assume an HR rep knows what you're talking about especially when it comes to technical fields.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 8 years
itsme3683- There's a lot of confusion surrounding objectives, so I'll dedicate a post to hashing out what's good and bad about them. Stay tuned!
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
excellent! so I'm allowed to get rid of the objective?? I hate that thing...
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