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Take Your Resume from Good to Great

May 16, 2013

One of the benefits of our partnership with GEICO is an exchange of resources and career advice. This blog is written by Shannon Smedstad, GEICO Careers Blogger, and she wants you to write a resume that will make you stand out. 

On a scale of one to 10, how would you rate your resume on the “awesomeness” scale? While not bad, chances are you could improve your resume even more … after all, it’s one of the most important marketing tool for landing interviews.

Tips For Taking Your Resume From Good To Great:

  1. One resume does not fit all. If you want a specific job at a specific company, tailor your resume to that opportunity.
  2. Think about what makes you different from all other students, grads and job seekers. Why should someone hire you over them? What makes you the best candidate? Include that information on your resume.
  3. Highlight accomplishments, not menial tasks. Think about everything you’ve done throughout your academic career, on campus and in the community, and at your internship or part-time job. What are you most proud of?
  4. Structure the bullets on your resume using a formula: situation, action, result or problem, action, result. Focus the attention on the results.
  5. Quantify results when possible. How much money did you raise? How many people do you manage as committee chairperson? How many hours a week do you work while attending school on a full-time basis?
  6. If you have information about your successes online, link to them. You can link to your blog, portfolio or LinkedIn profile; this allows recruiters to see your work and recommendations.

A Few Things Not To Do When It Comes To Resumes:

  1. Do not write References Available upon Request at the bottom. It’s archaic and wastes space.
  2. Do not have a resume that’s more than two pages long; entry-level candidates should be able to keep it one page without decreasing the font below 11 point.
  3. Do  not include hobbies … unless they directly relate to the type of position you desire.

Most recruiters scan any given resume for about 30 seconds! You have to sell your skills and abilities in a way that’s quick and easy to read. If you need help with your resume, there’s a lot of free information online and your campus career center is there to assist too.

Ready to apply to a GEICO leadership program? Visit Deltasigs can also connect directly with Debra Mienke-Pence, GEICO’s dedicated DSP recruiter, on either Facebook or LinkedIn.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Recruiter/District Director permalink
    May 16, 2013 3:52 pm

    While I agree with a lot of this, I think the best advice is to get your resume critiqued by actual company recruiters as many times as possible. Many schools invite recruiters to sit down with students in a one-on-one setting and share their thoughts on everything from formatting to individual bullet points. What articles like this usually fail to mention is that there is no “perfect” resume, but rather one that resonates with an individual recruiter. Therefore, it’s important to participate in as many critiques like this as possible to learn “how” they read through it and what their eye is drawn toward. That information is just as important as what they tell you to correct, because many times, another recruiter will offer the opposite advice.

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