With Boston only being a few weeks away the preparing has become more and more critical. This conference is a once in a lifetime networking opportunity and could open up so many doors into my future.
This week in class we were assigned to create business cards and a resume to hand out at the conference. As I was reflecting onto my current resume I realized how much power a resume truly does hold. Resumes will only be looked at for only a few seconds, so you have to be sure to make a good impression and have a top notch resume.
I thought I had a pretty good resume then in class I learned that I was wrong. My teacher Stephen Whyte talked to us all about what makes a good resume and what makes a bad resume and I realized I had a lot of work to do on my resume if I wanted to make an impression at this conference.
One thing that stuck out to me from Stephen’s lecture was having quantifying data onto your resume. This was something new to me. Employers want to see numbers and data of what you accomplished in your job. People can talk about what they did all they want but numbers will back up your claims and impress people.
Stephen also taught us that resumes should be different every time. You shouldn’t just switch up the objective you need to re make and brand yourself for each job you are applying for. One way to do this is by highlighting keywords in the job description and use those words in your resume. This will catch employers attention because that is what they are searching for.
As I went back and tweaked my resume I wanted to make sure it was one of the best drafts I could offer at the conference and so I used some of UVU’s resources. I took my resume into the career lab in the Career Development Center to look over it and critique it. They offered me a lot of constructive advice for my resume. This wasn’t enough though, this conference is a once in a lifetime opportunity and so I also took my resume into a career counselor at UVU. I met with Travis Reynolds and he helped me cater my resume to this specific conference and fix up the little details. This was very insightful and students should take advantage of this free resource, it could help get you that dream job. Here’s a link to the Career Development Center website. Here you can make appointments with your counselor, watch tutorials, and find job fairs.
It was amazing to see how such small things made the biggest differences. My advice to all you guys is to use your resources, have others critique it, and take your time to create it. My resume is now more polished and ready for this conference.
Here’s a before and after picture of my resume
Watch out Boston my resume is coming for ya!
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