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How to Write A Recent College Graduate Resume

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Hi everyone thanks so much for joining me today, really excited!

Let me move on to the next slide.

All right, as Elena mentioned my name is Amanda Augustine and I'm a certified

professional career coach and resume writer and I'm the resident career

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moving along and joining me is Jonathan Bulkeley he is the CEO of The

Job Network, this is our partner in crime for today and he is going to be bringing

you a lot of great information, really some data-driven studies on what's going

on in the job market, specifically what does it mean for you as a recent college

grad and what you should be thinking about as you embark on this whole new job search.

All right I do want to start with just a short poll because I want to

get a sense of who's on the line right now and make sure that I'm tailoring

this in a way that's going to be beneficial for everyone. So I'd love to

know okay, when did you graduate from college? Are you still in college? Are you

graduating this month, congrats you know class of 2016. Did you graduate within the

past year, maybe you had a December graduation or was it in

the past five years or was it a long time ago? I'd love to get a sense of how

many of you guys are just starting out now and are really curious or maybe even

out for a year or two and you're feeling a little stuck, maybe you graduated, you

grabbed the job because it paid, it's not really where you want to be, and now

you're looking to pursue a new job search perhaps for something that's more

relevant to the degree that you got. I'm going to leave this open for about 30

more seconds there's about, there's about 20

percent of you that still haven't necessarily given us a vote so let me know.

Have you graduated?

Alright and five, four, three, two, one. Alright and it looks like overwhelming

majority of you it's been within the past year or so let me just share those results so

you can see them for a second. So the majority of you it looks like it's been

December, May graduations, we've got a healthy percentage that are still in

college and then we've got another selection where you guys are it's a

little farther out that's okay, I'm going to cover as much as I can so one thing I

want you to keep in mind is that the resume advice I'm giving is

specifically geared towards those who have graduated in the last year or so.

So if you've recently graduated within the past two years it's probably the most

relevant, but I will try and put some extra information out there to let you

know when maybe that information needs to be a little different if you've been

out of school for more than a few years. All right moving on.

Thank you for participating by the way. A couple of things to keep in mind, I know you can't

see me at the moment, but I've had a cup of coffee there's a little caffeination

going on and as my mother always told me, I don't enunciate very well so if you

need me to slow down, throw that in the comment section, my team will let me know

that I need to back it up. Just keep in mind you will have access to a

copy of this presentation as well after the fact.

This is a slide that I think is really helpful because anybody, and I

don't care if you're fresh out of school or you have 15 years of experience, when

you're trying to embark on a new job search, this is the way that you

typically want to break down the process, this is something that I've worked on for the

past ten years. Think of it as three different phases, you start with your

prep, your search, and your close. It's very similar to a sales process, so

anybody who's accustomed to sales and marketing, this is a very similar way

that they break down how they identify leads, pursue them, and close deals. So we're

going to start with the prep, which is your job goals, understanding what's the

right fit for you, then your resume, the cover letter, your

other personal branding materials, your references. The middle section, "search,"

that's all about the pursuit of job leads. Online applications, leveraging

recruiters, leveraging your professional and personal network. It's a really

important one. And then "closing," the interview, the follow-up, the negotiation,

and then I go as far as to say onboarding. Onboarding is typically those first few

months in a new job. And keep in mind that the first 90 days of any new job is

an extension of the interview process because you're still trying to get a

feel for your new employer to make sure it's the right fit for you and frankly

they're still evaluating you as well and trying to make sure you're the right fit

for them. So I consider that all to be an extended interview.

Today, we're really

talking about what's going on in the prep section and more specifically we're

looking at the resume. And a couple things to keep in mind is that the

resume is just one of the many components that makes up your personal brand.

And by that I mean, I don't care if you are in television or you're in finance,

these days everybody has a brand, everybody is a salesperson and a

marketer, social media has done that. When you think about it it's your

professional reputation, your credibility and for those of you that have just

recently graduated this is your time to establish that. So we're talking about

how are you portraying yourself and how you want to be known in the working

world on paper, online, and face-to-face, and so job applications, online presence,

elevator pitch, these are all components that make up your personal brand. Of

course we're really focusing on the one on the left, but I want you to keep in

mind that as you start editing things on your resume, take into account how are

you talking about yourself during networking events and when you're

interviewing, what that pitch looks like and also, what is your online presence

look like and is that lining up with what's on your resume because they need to be

a consistent message.

So the first thing I want to talk about is that before you

write your resume, you really have to figure out your job goal and I know

that's really challenging for a lot of people. Like I don't know, give me a job I need

a job. Unfortunately it's really hard to write a resume without a job or a goal in

mind. And so first things first, go and run a search, run a search on The Job

Network or another board and look for opportunities that both interest you and

you're qualified for. If you're not really sure what's out there and what

makes sense for you, that's where Jonathan's gonna come in and

show you what's hot right now, what are employers looking for, so that if you're

on the fence between one opportunity or another, maybe this will help you

fine-tune those goals a bit more.

Search for those right opportunities and these

are just some of many resources out there. The Job Networks is obviously a great

place to find opportunities. I've listed some other sites here that also

specialize specifically in entry-level or recently out of school. The Muse is a

little bit more than that so it's not necessarily just entry-level, same thing

with The Job Network, it's not just entry-level so keep that in mind for

those you who've been out of college for more than five years. And I threw

Google on here and I do that for a reason, never underestimate the power of

a good old Google search. If you're really not sure where to go and you're

looking for more niche opportunities, don't be afraid to put in a search for

junior level or entry-level sales associate, junior level financial analyst,

entry-level financial analyst, run a Google search and that will help you

find which job boards make the most sense for you. So test out different search

terms, think of different acronyms you can use, think of different ways you can

say the same thing, but run a bunch of different ones to get a sense of what's

the best resource that I should be using and which ones are available to me. And I

would always say use multiple ones, these are all tools in your toolbox.

The other thing is know your parameters and a lot of this may come down to what past

experiences have you had, either an internship or if you've been out of school

for a few years, what company sides do you like? Do you

prefer working in a larger company or do you like a smaller start-up feel? And if

you're fresh out of school you know what, that's something you're gonna learn and

maybe you know it's the first job or two that's going to teach you what you

really like and that's okay. A great mentor of mine always told me, you can't

make a mistake in your career before the age of 30. These first few years out of

school, this is the time to explore. Ideally you've had some internship

that's already helped you do some of this exploration, helped you fine-tune your

job goals, helped you understand what you want to do and what you don't want to do.

If you didn't have that opportunity, take the first year or two out of school to

do that because you need to figure it out you can start figuring out what

what's more the career path for you, what chapter do you want to start now

because you can have a lot of chapters to your career but what's the one you

want to begin with? And keep in mind location, industry, and things of that nature.

When you do find an opportunity that you're very interested in, and again of

course we have to write the resume first, but I do want you to always to think about

these questions because if you find a great opportunity and you answer these

questions and it's not lining up, then it's probably not worth your time to

fill out that job application. So always ask yourself, am I within commutable

distance of this job or am I willing to relocate? Am I truly willing to relocate?

Do I have all the required skills and education they're looking for? So

literally just look down say what are they asking for, do I have it? Same thing

with industry-specific experience. Ideally an entry-level position, they

shouldn't be demanding a lot of industry-specific

experience but you never know, I will say in the last five years the internship

has become the new entry-level job and you'll see a lot of jobs that actually

say entry level in the title and then require anywhere from one to three to

even five years experience. And so don't be turned off by that, also consider maybe

you do need to go for an internship, a paid internship if you're just out of school

if it's going to get you the right experience that's going to make you more

attractive in the job market, consider it as an option.

Do you have the right function specific experience?

And this is sales experience, marketing experience,

finance experience, look for those things. And then also, do you know someone who

works or has worked at that company? And the reason I bring that up is that

studies have shown you are ten times more likely to land a job when your job

application is accompanied by an employee referral. I'm gonna say that one

more time, you are 10 times more likely not just to get an interview, but

actually land that job if you know someone who works with that company and

they referred you. Why? You get to get past some of those gatekeepers, you get

onto a hiring manager sooner. The idea is that you know that will help you get

through some of the application process, you're going to land yourself that job,

but keep in mind when you know somebody works with the company, you're going to

learn a lot more about that culture and it's more likely to be a good fit for

you. If you go through all these questions and you can't say yes to more

than three of them, this job's not worth your time. Why? Because there are plenty

of other applicants out there that do have those skills and can

say yes all these questions. All right make sense? All right we're moving on.

This is the this is the perfect time to now say okay I don't know what I'm

looking for. I think I may know but I'm not too sure, I'm kind of leaning one way

and I'm not positive it's the right direction for me, well this is a great thing we

have Jonathan Bulkeley here and he's going to share some information from The

Job Network that's going to explain where are employers looking and what are

some of the hottest degrees out there right now and what are some the hottest

job titles so that hopefully this will help you shape your job goal. All right.

Hi everybody thanks Amanda I'm Jonathan Bulkeley I'm the CEO of Real

Match and Real Match powers The Job Network. Just a little bit on The Job

Network, last year 85,000 different employers posted jobs on The Job Network.

So the first thing you should do today is go to thejobnetwork.com and sign

up, create a profile and once your profile is created as jobs come in from

these 85,000 employers, we'll email out the ones that match your criteria so

it's a sort of like a dating site, but it's for jobs, which as employers are

looking for specific criteria they enter those into the system, you enter your

profile data into the system, and it's matched up so that we'll send you

things that are appropriate for you. So what I'd like to do over the next couple

minutes is give you a feel for what's going on in the job market. For skilled

labor, it is still a pretty hot market there are a lot of jobs available

depending on where you live and what you're doing. So we thought we'd give you

some perspective today on the categories that are hot and what employers are looking for.

Okay so last year as I said we had 85,000 employers using the system, we

took a look at all the jobs that were posted that required a college education,

obviously a lot of jobs don't, the ones that did fell into the following

categories. So in 2016 number one job that required a college

education was graphic designer. Medical and the healthcare field is very

hot, web design and information technology, hot as well. Marketing, accounting, engineering,

and legal. If you have experience in these categories, as Amanda said, best way in is to

try to find an internship and internships are your entry way into

these categories. But this is what hot is hot, okay? We also looked at, sorry we're

having a few technical difficulties, so we looked at the employers that were

targeting recent college graduates, so this isn't just folks with a college

degree, but these are recent college grads and the list is somewhat different.

So sales representative, entry level sales jobs, we're number one so far in

2016. Again healthcare is big but also

teachers and education is hot. The number one job in America today is actually

truck drivers but that isn't for recent college grads typically. Number two

is healthcare. So again you see information technology, you see digital

marketing, software, and engineering is big for recent college grads. If you have

skills in there, in those categories, get your profile up, you're going to get some

job opportunities pretty quickly.

Ok looking at majors, so we've seen what the

jobs are, what's hot in 2016, what are the majors that our recent grads have?

And again it matches up pretty well with what people are looking

for, which is sales, nursing, data, information technology, and engineering.

If you go to The Job Network and register your profile today there's a

bunch of content that you should read through to prepare you for interviewing

with these employers. Interview questions and prep. Mistakes you can make in your

20s, what you should research before job interviews, and job search mistakes. So we

encourage you to log in today and check it out. And I think with that, Amanda we are back to you.

Thanks a mil, Jonathan. All right and we'll be able again we'll

have that data available for you, you'll get a copy of this all the links will be

hyperlinked so you can look at all that information, it's a lot of great advice

out there I highly recommend. So going back, we're talking about all right

you've got a goal now we need to put it on paper so we can get a job that's

that's a moral imperative today. So let's talk about what your brand looks like on

paper and what some of those resume best practices are.

All right this number 6, if

you read anything I've written in the past or been on any of the webinars or

live events I've done in the past, this number you've probably seen it before and

what this six represents, there was an eye tracking study done

that showed recruiters looking at resumes and they found that on average,

the average recruiter spends six seconds reviewing your resume before deciding if

it's a fit or if it's not worth their time. Not minutes, seconds so really when

you think about it, you only have six seconds to make the right impression

with an employer or recruiter and that's a pretty short period of time that's

really scary I'm gonna have to say that's the only glance they're looking

at your resume if they like it but that's the first initial glance that

they're gonna say am I throwing it away or am I going to put it in the pile to

look at more closely later. So that's what we're talking about today

how will you get past that? Because even if you do, you know even before it gets

to a live person who's doing this really quick glance at your resume, you have to

get past the gate keepers, there's a big guard known as an electronic system, an

ATS or an applicant tracking system, that's standing in the way of your

application being seen by a human being. So we're gonna talk about a couple things

today, how do you craft your resume in a way so that not only does it get past

this piece of technology, but that when it does get handed over to a hiring

manager or a recruiter, in those six seconds they decide you're worth their

time and that you should go in the pile that gets a closer look. That's what we want

to focus on today. So a few things to keep in mind, whenever you're looking at a job,

and this is a sample job that we pulled off The Job Network, a couple things to

keep in mind, really look what are the must-haves and this really isn't rocket

science, right? Now when you get a job and yes, if you have, if you get a job that

has three lines as a job description that's a challenging one, so I

don't know if you really want to apply to those, when you get a job like this, you

want to start looking around seeing what are they requiring so I love that on this

one it says required qualifications and then it says preferred, right? The

must-haves are these required qualifications and think about the terms

that are popping up, "mass communication," "public relations," "marketing," they want one

year of experience, they want to make sure that you have this technical skill

set, they want to see web editing, right? So when you're putting your, when

you're putting your resume together, if all of your job descriptions keep

talking about these certain terms and these certain words, it's best that

you make sure those are incorporated into your resume. There's a really great

tool out there, it's called jobscan.co, I have it on the

screen right now in the bottom left hand side, it's free for the first five times

you use it, I'm going to show you how you can kind of game system a little bit, well

what it does is it allows you to copy and paste all the content of your resume

into one field, then you copy the entire job description from a job listing. I

would ignore, so if we were looking at the job that we're looking at right now,

this whole part that's talking about the company itself, we don't care about that

as much. Instead, take the information from here down where it's talking about what

you'll actually be doing, what they expect you to be responsible for. So take

this whole bottom section and you copy and paste that into another field and

then you hit "scan it" and what it's going to do, is it's going to evaluate what are

the key terms that are routinely popping up in this job description and how does

your resume align with that, how's it going to match up? So really great tool

because it's going to give you an indication if your resume is even going

to make it through the electronic gatekeepers in the first place and onto

a human being. What I recommend doing is don't just do this with one job

description, find at least, at least five jobs that you're interested in, ideally

and again the fact that having a clear job goal in mind, they should all be

similar in nature and to be honest if you're having trouble finding a bunch of

jobs, ignore location for a moment, for this exercise it doesn't matter if you

actually ever want to apply to the job, I mean this job,

this job the deadline was two days ago, so this isn't the job you'd be applying for

anyway, you want to look at jobs and regardless of their deadline, regardless

of their location, if the job description is interesting to you, if you feel you're

qualified for it, find at least five of those, copy and paste all of them into one

field on Jobscan, put your resume in the other field and then hit "scan it" because

that's the best way to determine is my resume in general targeted and

positioned well enough for the types of roles that I'm really interested in

applying for and would my resume stand a chance when I submit an application,

should I submit an application for one of these types of roles? Does that make sense?

All right. Going onto the next slide.

I just need to do that there we go, oh okay okay so we're going to look at a few sample

entry level resumes. As you noticed, the one that you see on top right now,

Nicholas Swift, that's the one we're going to focus the most on but I do have another

guy behind that, Shane Fusco, and the reason I'm going to show you parts of

both of them is because they're both entry level resumes, they're both well formatted

for the job application process, however even at glancing at them here you can

tell they have a different look and feel to each of them and to be honest

information is actually moved around in different spots as well because what

you'll find out is that especially when you're entry-level, you have to work

with what you've got. If you've got really great internships, you're going to

play those suckers up. If you don't have that type of information,

maybe it's leadership or volunteer activities or honors you received.

Maybe it's the, if it's none of that, maybe you know the higher level courses

you took in college, but whatever it is you work with what you've got

and the format and the layout of your resume will

change based on what you have to work with.

Okay a few things to note, whenever you're creating your

resume in a Word document, don't use the actual header and footer

within the Word doc, again your resume is more likely than not to go through an

applicant tracking system, a piece of software, and as a result, the header and

footer can sometimes scramble information and confuse the system. So you notice

both of these resumes, they do have header information, it's just not in the

actual physical header within the Word document. Second, these days you need it,

you need a LinkedIn URL, you need a LinkedIn profile period and you need it

to be fully fleshed out and you need to make sure that it's telling a very

similar story to your experience, your education, and your job goals as your

resume. Number one is that, if that's not on your list the things to do yet, please add

that, it's time to make a LinkedIn profile and you can do it for free, that's the beauty

of it, you don't have to pay for a premium membership in order to you know reap the

benefits. Something else that a lot of people aren't aware of is that you have

the ability to customize your LinkedIn URL and we actually have a great article

on TopResume, you go to topresume.com/career-advice or to go to

going to topresume.com and click on career advice, we have an article about

how to customize the URL, think about it, it's yet another opportunity to show

your personal brand, it makes it easier for people to find you when they're

searching for you online from a professional perspective and also it

looks a lot nicer on your resume than some long ridiculous list of letters and

numbers, which most peoples' LinkedIn profile URLs look like until you customize

them. So keep that in mind. Alright the last bullet on here, this is a really

important one, there's no fluffy or big objective. Objective is a dirty word

in resume writing and I'm sure plenty of people, career services included,

have said put an objective on there and I have to say as somebody who's been in

this business for more than a decade, objectives suck. They're vague, they don't really tell

you anything that the employer wants know, it's all about you and your needs or

wants and you have to remember when you're writing the resume, although it's

about your skills and your experience and your degree, you're writing the resume

for the reader, for the viewer, and that's the hiring manager or the recruiter and

they care less about everything you want and and a lot more about what you have

to offer, what skills, what qualifications, what are you bringing to

the table. You're still gonna tell them exactly

what you want, if you notice at the top of both of these resumes one says

entry-level financial analyst one of those entry level sales and marketing

associate, it's very clear from the get-go what type of role each one of

these guys is targeting and also if you look at this small little paragraph,

which we call a professional summary or career your statement, it's a little different

than an objective because it's all about selling yourself and your

skills to a prospective employer, it's the elevator pitch of your resume. When you look

at this, there's no fluffy terms, I do not have proactive team leader, motivated,

anywhere in these, self-starter, all of those terms are fluffy marketing

nonsense, they know it's that, there's no reason to

put it in there. I understand when you're entry-level sometimes you need a word or

two of those in there to help it flow, that's fine, but this gives a lot, this

gives the reader, what you're seeing in front of you, a much better understanding

of what type of role, why are you qualified for that, and we talk about hey, both these

people happen to come from great Universities

you know, use that if you can. If you have internship experience try and work that

in and what type of experience do you have, what have you helped do, I get that

you know you're not, you know closing a million deals, you don't have these huge

quantifiable results to talk about, but you were exposed to a lot of things

throughout the course of an internship, you were around a specific type of industry, you

were aiding people and doing bigger and better things that you hopefully want to

do in the near future, that's the information you mention. Two things to

note about this if you look at Nicholas' resume,

he has a little section of core competencies, that's what those terms

with the bullets are and this is a great way to help optimize your resume with

keywords so again it's more likely to get through those gate keepers I mentioned,

that ATS system. So all of these terms that you're seeing here are terms that

are relative to the work that he's done, the internships he's held, but also

there are terms that are routinely popping up on the job descriptions that

he wants to apply for and this is yet another way to work those words

into his resume so his resume will rank higher when he applies and it's more

likely to be seen by by a recruiter or a hiring manager. I didn't list if you

notice in his career statement that these are his areas of expertise no I'm

sorry if you're just out of school you probably don't have expertise in

Sarbanes-Oxley Act or expertise in forecasting, you've been exposed to it,

you've tried it, you you have some confidence in it, so you want to be

careful how you word that, I put "developed an understanding of the

following areas," or you could say, "worked close to the following area," it's a

way to share hey I've done all this. Shane doesn't have that information, he

didn't have as big and bulky of internships to work with, but we did talk

about what his experience was and we worked key terms throughout the rest of

his resume. And keep in mind if you notice Shane says education, oh I'm sorry Shane says

education and technical skills, Nicholas' only has education. Why? I

ended up putting his technical skills in a different spot because of their

different roles. So again you have some leeway, you're going to work with what

makes most sense given what do you have to offer. A couple other things to note

at the top of this, they both have professional email addresses. It's time

to get rid of something that's you know hotbuns or kegs4life or fratbrotherforever,

you know things of that nature, anything that would be considered

offensive or a little too cutesy or a little too sexy, it's time to go get a

new Gmail account, try and get your name, or some variation of your name, set that

up and dedicate it just to your job search activities that way it's one

account you know to look for there for anything related to networking, anything

related to your job search. And honestly, you'll notice that neither one of these

resumes has a street address on it. Shane's doesn't have any address and

that probably means he's looking to relocate and he's not necessarily going

to put any location down. Nicholas' has Houston, Texas because he wants to stay in

that area and he's a local candidate, he wants to show them he's a local

candidate. Don't feel that it's necessary to put

your street address on your resume. If the application wants it, they'll ask for

it in the ATS system, but since you're oftentimes uploading your resume to

different job boards, you don't really want to throw your street address out

there, people don't need to know exactly where you live, it's actually an identity

theft concern and you know it's also just a security concern in

general, people don't need to know that you live alone and that's your address

so keep that information off your resume.

Okay I'm going to leave the GPA listed, and the GPA is listed because it's above

a 3.0. If your GPA is lower than 3.0, don't put it on your resume,

employers know exactly why you don't have that on your resume so be prepared

to answer any questions that come up about that when you're in the interview,

maybe the spin on that is that "well I was focused on all these other

activities that while I graduated, and I graduated from a great school that's

very you know, that's known to be a challenging and tough school, I was also a

very well-rounded student, I was involved in a bunch of activities, I was on

the sports teams and so of course I passed, but no I didn't have a higher GPA."

If they ask that's a good way to spin it. If you have been out of school for a few

years, if you've had a couple jobs already, a few things to note, your education

is now at the bottom of your resume. Education only goes at the top of your

resume when you've graduated in the last year or so. Why? Because it's one of your best

selling point at the moment because you don't have a lot of relevant

experience on your resume to point to. So the education goes to the top. If you

graduated a while ago, you've been in the workforce, and you just went back and got

an MBA, the same rule applies, the education goes to the bottom because

while the MBA is important, it's not necessarily the one and only thing you

have going for you and so that information is going to go to the bottom,

your work experience is more important. I have had people ask well what if my

first job or two out of school had nothing to do with my degree and now I'm

looking for a job that's related to my degree? In that instance, I think you can

keep the education at the top portion of your resume. Always remember that when

a recruiter is glancing at your resume for a whole six seconds, they're only going to

get so much information and they're looking for specific pieces, they're looking for your name,

your contact information, your education, and your most recent job and the dates

associated with your most recent work. They're looking for it in certain spots

that's why we tend to center things, that's why we tend to follow a certain

format on a resume. If for any reason, if your education is considered one of the

most important selling points, even if you've been out of school

for few years, you're going to still keep that up at top, up at the top.

Also notice that, and you'll see it here and you'll also see in other parts of

the resume such as leadership activities, there's no mention of high school. I

don't care if you were the valedictorian of your high school, employers don't

care anymore, they want to know what were you doing for the last four or so years

that you were in college, that's what they care about on your resume. So

you may have great accolades to brag about from high school, but it's time to

take those off and focus on what did you accomplish while you were pursuing your

degree, and that's your internships, that's your school activities, whether that's

leadership or volunteer stuff, that's what's considered most important. If you

didn't have any internships that are relevant to the work you're you're

pursuing in your career, or you just didn't have any internships at all maybe

you know, hey some people have to work and you need to get a paycheck that's

bigger than an internship paycheck because you're going to school and working

full-time, I completely understand that, my husband did that for sure, if that's

the case, what you might do is underneath the education component of your resume,

you may also include the higher level courses you took while you were in school

that demonstrate what type of stuff you've been exposed to. So nothing, so if

you're you know, for Shane Fusco he's a marketing guy, he went to school for

communications, he's not going to put that he took marketing 101. No kidding, if you

graduate with that degree everyone's pretty sure you took marketing 101, but

they will care about what were some of those 400 level courses you took that

are specifically related to the type of work you're trying to pursue. That make

sense? All right moving on.

Okay this is the lower part of Nicholas' resume and I'm going to show you Nicholas'

and Shane's so you get a sense because they are different. So there are a few

things, notice that on this resume, that there's a line underneath

123 Management Consulting Firm, that explains what type of firm Nicholas was

interning at. This is important for any work that's associated with with your

degree or with your target job. Why? it gives people a sense of what was the

industry that you were exposed to, how big of a company was it, what's that

company's purpose, unless every company you worked for is a big brand name, or

everybody, unless they've been living under a rock would know about it, you

need one of these lines. Normally I go to their LinkedIn company page and I rip a

line from their company About Us section or I go to the actual company website

and I go to about us and I rip a sentence from that. So you just need a short

little blurb it shouldn't be more than a line that just explains what type of

company were you working for. Then with Nicholas', we have the title, a

sentence or two that explain the type of work that he was doing, and then bullets

that are explaining some of his major contributions or his major

accomplishments. You're fresh out of school, we are not expecting to see a

bunch of amazing accomplishments. You are an intern, they're not giving you massive

clients to deal with, they're not giving you the biggest largest project out

there, however they may have put you on on a project where you may have been

assisting someone with a bigger project. So one thing you'll notice is that I

stayed away from putting "assisted" or "participated" for every single bullet

because that happens a lot a lot of people say "help," "assisted," "supported," and

that's every word that you see for every one of their bullets. Try and mix

it up, use action verbs, I'm sure on The Job Network blog as well as TopResume's

blog, there are million articles that talk about action verbs. So you can

actually Google that it or search each site and find different articles that

give you lists of different action verbs that you can use

to describe the work that you helped do. Again, sell what you've got. In this case,

Nicholas has some really good internship experience and this was

somebody's real resume I changed the numbers, I changed the name, I changed

some of the locations, but this was somebody whose resume I helped to

rewrite. So if you look at this, Nicholas had some really cool stuff going on but you

know at the end of the day, if you're not sure what to write for these

sections, go back and look at the job description. If you still have the job

description from the internship that you applied to, pull that back out and start

looking at the information in there. If you don't have that, start searching for

jobs with similar titles and find a different job description out there and

say yup, that's part of what I did and go with that and

use that information. Something else, look at the jobs you're applying to today if

they're asking for specific type of experience and you did that, take the

sentence from that job description and put it in on your resume. Again, it has to

be true, but if you've done that, if you've been exposed to that, that's what

you want to show people. A couple other things, we included his tech skills. There

aren't a lot of them, that's okay, you're new that's perfectly fine well we put the stuff

that's most relevant to the type of roles that Nicholas is pursuing. He's pursuing

financial analyst positions, compliance positions, things within the finance realm.

So as a result, we want to make sure that he shows that yes, he does have advanced

Excel skills, he knows SAP and Oracle, he's been exposed to those systems I'm not

saying he's an expert at them, but he's been exposed to them, he had to work on

them, I will say if you find that every job description you come across for the

job you want demands some knowledge of a certain system start Googling and see if

there's a free course online, or a tutorial, or a YouTube video that goes

through how to use them so you can grasp an understanding of them and so

that you can put under your technical skills that you have a working knowledge

of one of these programs. That will also help get your application through. Something else

you'll notice is that he doesn't have references on his resume and it doesn't

say "references available upon request." Put it this way, recruiters and

employers know you're going to give them your

you're going to give them your credentials sure, I'm sorry your

references, if they ask for them so don't dwell on that.

Also keep in mind, we talked about selling what you've got, he had a great

internship experience so his additional experience just shows hey, I was working

every summer even if it wasn't relevant to the role, it's on the resume and it's

at the bottom and take a look at how those bullets are worded so those are

actually really helpful for anybody who has server or bartending experience see

this is really great language to rip and use or your resume or to adapt for your resume.

Okay this was Shane again same deal I'm not going to dwell on this one, the one

thing to keep in mind, he just has bullets underneath his title, and the reason he

just has bullets is he didn't have a really great description to supply he only had

a couple things to mention, if you're further along in your career and you

have 17 bullets under each job title, that's a problem. When you're fresh out

of school you're expected to have only a few bullets to explain the work

that you did. So keep that in mind and also know if you look at this resume,

look underneath his number of projects lead, his second thing under his

relevant sales and marketing experience right here,

this is from a frat, he was part of a fraternity and he was part of a

fundraiser he helped sell t-shirts and designed them, I mean you don't have to

be paid for something in order to put it on your resume so whether it was an unpaid

internship or you were part of a group project in school that allowed you to

select whatever skill sets are most important for the job you want, keep that

in mind, that can all be added in.

Okay other things to consider, these are great fonts to keep in mind, why? These

are all serif and sans-serif fonts that tend to look good and also render well when

it goes through an Applicant Tracking System, so keep all of these in mind and also the look and

feel of your resume should match the type of industry or company you're going

for so if you look on the left here it says Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, Franklin

Gothic, those are all considered sans-serif fonts. Cambria, Book Antiqua,

those are called serif fonts, they have little extra things to them, they're

fancier fonts so to speak. If you're working more in the startup environment, a tech

environment, go with something that's sans-serif, something that has a cleaner look to it, that's

more likely to be viewed in the digital format. The Cambria, the Book Antiqua, I

tend to keep those for people who are looking for financial institutions, law

firms, education, things that are more bricks-and-mortar, been around forever

kind of thing so play with the look and feel, but I do recommend sticking with

one, maybe two fonts max and being very cognizant of how you do that. Only

include one email address, one phone number, preferably your mobile phone

number, and one LinkedIn URL but those should always be on there. There's no I in the

resume. If you notice, if you look back at that resume it never says "me," "I," "our,"

you remove those terms all together. When you're writing your resume it's considered silent

first-person. Size matters when you're fresh out of school, you get a page. You

get one page of resume real estate and that's why you really want to be

disciplined about what do you include and what don't you include. So think

about your leadership activities, your volunteer activities, any work you did

over the summers or during breaks or even while you are in school, I think

that's important to tell actually in your professional summary if you if you were a full-time

student and you held a full-time job, that's worth bragging about,

that's a selling point because hey you know how to organize yourself, you know

how to get stuff done, you know how to multitask.

Your resume experiences typically in reverse chronicle, chronological order

start with the most recent role and work your way back.

And then above all, make sure things are consistent, this is your look and feel,

make sure if you abbreviate all your dates,

make sure they're all abbreviated the same way, that the companies are all

formatted the same way, job titles are formatted the same way, bullets and symbols whatever

you decide to use because there is no rule that says you must write out the month

or you should use numbers instead to represent them, it's really open to

interpretation, you just want to be consistent.

This resume that I'm

showing you right now has a whole group of stuff and tips for it, this is going to

be available both on TopResume's site as well as The Job Network's site, both are

available on our blog as of tomorrow so be on the lookout, check out these sites

tomorrow because you can get a copy of this resume, you can blow it up and look

at it much more closely and also I go through and explain what are the things

you want to keep in mind when you're looking at your resume. Okay so I want to

do a quick poll and then we're going to jump into questions. So I would like to

know when was the last time you had your resume reviewed by a professional writer?

And we're going to do this very quickly.

In about 15 and I'm not saying a professor or even you know the English

professor at your school or Career Services, I'm talking about somebody

who's a certified professional resume writer or they are a professional writer,

they are in the resume writing field, how many of you, when was the last time

you've had somebody who does this for a living actually look at your resume? And I'm

going to give it ten more seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, all right.

When I look at this, you all see these results? A large percentage of you have

never had it done, I'm really impressed to see those who have done it in the

past three months, that's great, that's actually tied with someone who has never had it

done. Well this is your chance, if you've never had your resume critiqued or you

haven't had your resume critiqued in the last six months by TopResume,

here's your chance, you can get a free resume critique, we bit.ly-ed it for you

so it's easy to get to bit.ly/MyFirstResume definitely as soon as your

resume's in a spot where you want to get feedback on it, go to

this link, it's going to be live for a long long time it's not like you have to

have it tomorrow but I would recommend get it done sooner rather than later,

get that feedback so you can start working on that resume and get it into shape

that that makes sense for you. One other thing I want to throw out there, the

stat 93% of employers are going to Google your name and look at your social

media profiles before they invite you in for a face-to-face interview. 93% of

them are going to search online for you, they're going to Google your name, so

make sure you Google your name as it appears on your resume and keep in mind

however your name appears on your resume, that's how it should appear on your

LinkedIn profile and any other professional personal branding materials

out there because again it's all about having a consistent brand. Google and see

what's out there, if the first thing that pops up is your Facebook account

or your Instagram account and those are things that are not related to your

job search and you do not want employers seeing what you're posting, then you've

got to figure out how you're going to change things up, whether that's creating

your LinkedIn profile, whether that's changing the security settings on your

social media accounts, or even changing the first and last name, use first and

middle name or use a nickname, use something other than what you're going

to put on your resume. And this is the other thing, make a list, every single

social media account that you have out there, LinkedIn, Google+, and by the way if

you have a gmail account, you do have a Google+ account out there it's just

probably not set up so that's always an area to consider. Instagram,

Twitter, all those accounts out there, make a list

and decide is it going to be for personal use or is it going to be part

of your professional brand, your job search. If it's going to be for personal

use and you don't want employers seeing it, you have to change the settings and

maybe change your account name so it's not going to be associated with your

professional brand. If it is going to be associated with your professional brand,

make sure that it's up to date, that it's aligned with your resume, that it's giving the

same type of information, it's telling same story about your job goal. This also

goes for any job boards you've used in the past. Make a list of every job board

you've ever uploaded your resume to and decide if you still want to use that job

board. If you do, update the information, put the most recent version of your resume.

If you don't, make sure you take down that information because you will get

calls years later from people still trying to you know put you in that

entry-level job or that, you know summer jobs that you have no desire to

be applying for anymore.

Okay I really want to get questions because I know that's one

of the most important things for all of you out there and I know we don't have a

lot of time so we'll try and answer as many as you can and we'll have more of

these of course and don't forget we're on social media so you can always grab

us there. So I'm going to turn it out now so I can look and see, my team's going to

be sending me some of your questions so I can look at them and again if your

question is directed at Jonathan versus myself please feel free to specify if

you want Jonathan to answer your question or if you want me to answer your

question, I'm going to start looking now and look at some of these questions. OK,

first question I have is for an entry-level position must your resume

fit on one page even though most times they are uploaded into the system?

The answer is yes, you're entry-level you get a page and and frankly if you've had

15 years of experience you only get two pages

so actually you have kind of an advantage only having one page, it's a

little easier you really want to think about what's most important and what are

your best selling points. If you've had a lot of great internships and that's why you're

struggling to fit all your information on try and combo

some of the information, if you did the same type of internship at three

different companies, don't copy and paste the same description three times, change

up the language or shorten it in earlier roles so that you can show it in some

of the jobs they're going to see. Even if it's uploaded into a system, and it's gonna be

parsed, which everyone hates when you upload your resume and then they make you answer every question

that's already answered on your resume, I know it's the most annoying thing in the

world, that's an ATS by the way, that's the robot you're

trying to fight. What you want to do is keep in mind that even though that

information is parsed, the recruiter is going to get to look at the resume, the actual

document or a screenshot of the document and so again they're still just glancing

at it for six seconds, if they're only spending six seconds, they're definitely

not going to take time to look through multiple pages and if you're entry-level,

a lot of people ask hey, I went back and got my degrees later in life so I have

15 years of experience but a recent degree, how much of your previous

experience is very relevant to the job at hand? If you're going in a completely

different career direction, then you need to follow this one-page guideline with your

education of the top. If you've had a long career or even you know the last

five, seven years you've had a career and then you went and got your degree and

you're still continuing in a similar direction, you're actually going to

consider your resume to be more of a mid-level resume, you're beyond that

entry-level college grad, your education is going to go on the bottom, the education is

almost an afterthought it was, hey I have all this great experience but every job

required a degree and I have a degree now so hey it's part of my resume. So keep

that in mind. But good question. Okay another one, should I put the company

description on the resume, doesn't it take up space when employers can just

Google the company? Here's the deal, they're sending six seconds looking at

your resume, they're not going to take the time to Google the employer so if

they don't recognize it and they don't understand if it's a small company or a

little family-run company in your town or in your college town, they're not going

to know what that company does unless you provide that information for them.

One thing I do recommend is when you're short on space,

you can take the font size of that description and decrease it by at least

point five font size and also put it in italics it's just a smaller line, it

shrinks it up a little bit. Also when you're really hard up for space, consider

shrinking the spaces in between paragraphs when we're looking at font

size, your headers can go anywhere from 14 to 18 and then the general

information is anywhere from nine and a half size font, up to about eleven size

font depending on which font styles you go with, so keep those things in mind and

you're going to have to play with it. You can also play with your margins, you

don't have to keep that one inch all the way around, you can go as little as a

half an inch all the way around and still be okay but just keep in mind, if you shrink

the font down too much, if you try and cram too much information in there, it's

an eye sore, it's an eye chart, it's challenging for people to read and again

if they can't easily pick out the information they're looking for in six seconds, they're

not going to take the time to try and read your resume. So keep those things in mind.

Okay another question, what can one do if they share the exact same name

with someone else and their social media profiles come up before yours? That's a

great question. I've also seen it where either not only do they come up before

you but they have some really awful stuff about them on there, and I've seen that a lot also with a father and

son where they have the exact same names and they were having issues. Here's

what I'd recommend, start including your middle initial. On your resume make sure

you're including your middle initial in your name, on your LinkedIn profile, on

your Twitter account, whatever the profiles you're using, include the middle

initial that tends to help. Also keep in mind, you're going to put the URL to your

LinkedIn profile on your resume and you're going to hyperlink it so that

they can just click on it from there. That's a great way to make sure that

they find the right person. Also if you're a part of any professional

associations, which is a great way to network and meet new people in an industry or

a field that you're really interested in, if they have a directory that's a

public directory and they allow you to create a profile, use that as another

opportunity where you can get your brand out there.

Also if you really are looking for other ways, you can create a personal website.

You can do one on Wix.com, you can do About.me, branded.me, Visualize, if

you're in a creative field you may have a site for your portfolio, actually if

you are in a creative field, at the top of your resume next to your LinkedIn

profile in that contact information section, you have a link to your online

portfolio that's a given. If you're a writer by trade you probably have a blog

or you're contributing to somebody's blog, that hyperlink would go up there. So

again that will help make sure that your information's at the top.

Is it necessary to have a summary at the top of your resume? This is a good

question and it is debatable, if it's one of those awful objectives, then that's

garbage, take it off, that's not going to help you

anyway. I like to have a professional summary but keep in mind your

professional summary can be one or two lines. I'm not saying that you have to

have to have to have it when you're entry-level, if your, if your

internships are all very specific, you worked for really reputable companies, and

your degree, if everything is in line and it's very clear you're getting a finance

job, you're definitely getting a marketing job, because your internship

titles, the company that you worked for, the information you can provide there is

better and more compelling than what you can, than what you're going to get out of

one or two lines of space taken up by a professional summary then okay you can

take it out, I would say if anybody can look at your resume, and this is a great

way to show your resume without that summary to a bunch of your friends, give

them no more than 60 seconds to look at your resume and say what type of role am

I targeting and why am I qualified for it? Do the friend test or the family test and if

they look at your resume they're like I'm not sure, and they kind of hem and haw

over it, you didn't pass the test, you need that summary, you need that 1 to 2

lines. I would say you only remove those couple lines if you're running out of space,

otherwise you want to keep that in there.

Ok I'm going to go up and look at a couple more of these questions and then

Elena you let me know if I need to be cut off, I'm happy to stay on for a little

bit more and answer some questions because I know I talked for a while, but let me

know if we need to get off, I'm happy to do that as well.

I'm scrolling up to see if I have any more questions.

Amanda, you wanna just answer one more, one or two more? Yeah yeah yeah if you

guys can, Elena do you want to feed me a few? I'm looking at, I'm going for these

I'm trying to find the thoughts you see them I only see the ones that we're

being shared with me from Jenna.

Oh here we go, if a job you've had isn't relevant to the job you're

applying to, is it fine to leave it off your resume? If you're fresh out of

school and we're talking about it you know an internship or a job you had like a

summer job or something like that and it has absolutely no use on your resume,

yeah you can get rid of it, you really can it's not it's not the end of the

world. If you are further along in your career and you're saying no I want

to remove a job entirely, I just don't want to mention it couple things to keep

in mind. If you've already started your career and there's a big hole because

you take out a job and it shows it, and it looks like you've been unemployed for a certain

amount of time, you probably want to leave that job in just to show that

you've been consistently working. If you're fresh out of school and we're

talking about jobs you held over the summer, during breaks, or even while you

were working, you don't necessarily need to have it on, it's really about working

with what you've got. If you don't have any internships that are relevant to

what you're pursuing, then you want to show that you have at least been working, that

you're accustomed to working in a professional setting or in the working

world, this isn't your first job out of school. That's what I'd keep in mind. All

right let me see if I can get some more of these questions to look at. If the

company you've worked at for years ago went out of business and you were there for a

long time, what should be the reason you left? Well if the company went out of

business and they're asking you why you're no longer working there you say

unfortunately the company no longer exists and so when it comes to when the

company dissolved, then I also searched for new work and I'm assuming the person who

asks that question wasn't isn't necessarily fresh out of school that

seems like a question for someone who's been in their career for quite a while. Oh

should, okay someone asked, are certifications included on the resume?

Yes yes yes. If you have a certification that is relevant to your job that

you're pursuing now, 100% that belongs on your resume and it goes in the education

section and that section I might call education and professional development.

So if you took a course somewhere else or you've gotten a

certification that's important for your career that's outside of your college

experience, put that in your education section and change that title to

education and professional development. If you have a certification such as a

PMP, you know, a six sigma black belt, if you look at my name up on the screen right

now it says CPCC and CPRW that stands for I'm a certified professional career

coach and certified professional resume writer. I recommend if you have an MBA or

a PMP or an RN, some sort of certification or credential that's

considered valuable to the job that you're looking at now, not only should it go in

that professional development and education section, but it should, the

acronyms should also go after your name just as you see it on the screen right

now at the top of your resume and the same thing on your LinkedIn profile because

if you're further and especially if you're further along in your career and

your education is now at the bottom of your resume, you don't want a recruiter

to accidentally miss that information when they're quickly glancing at your

resume, so include those certs at the top of your resume next to your name so that

they're less likely to forget, to miss them.

Okay someone said should you

include education such as websites like Udemy, Coursera,

yes 100%. If you took courses online, free courses, fee courses, if you took any

courses that support the job that you're pursuing today, again those go under

education and professional development.

Amanda I think we need to wrap up. Okay so for

anybody who still has a question that they want answered, it's 1:08 right now, I

will be on Twitter until 1:30 Eastern Standard Time, so for another 22 minutes.

If you ask your question on Twitter and you use the hashtag, #MyFirstResume, I

will try to respond to as many as I can until 1:30 p.m. and keep in mind that

you'll be receiving an email from The Job Network as a follow up sometime

tomorrow and we're going include links to both the presentation,

sample resume that I mentioned, and some other information as well. So thank you

so much for everyone who tuned in, thank you very much to The Job Network for

helping TopResume put on a great presentation and allow us to present this webinar to all of you.