Written by: Gillian Lopez, Management Career Consultant
Edited by: Dalton Rogers, Student Assistant
Posted by: Serena Nguyen, Media Assistant
March is resume madness month. If you haven’t updated or edited your resume yet, now is the time to do so before our annual Career and Internship Fair at UC Merced. According to a Ladder’s Research Study, it only takes six seconds for a hiring manager to asses a resume. As shocking as this may seem, hiring managers do not have all day to go through a stack of resumes. They want to find gold as quickly as possible and good first impressions from your resume are the key to moving on to the call-back pile rather than the recycling bin.
Within the first six seconds, hiring managers glance at formatting, education, companies, position titles, locations, and dates. If they like what they see, your resume will move on to the next round, which includes further interpretation of your skills and experiences. At this stage it is critical to make your resume stand out amongst your competitors. So how do you accomplish this? Apply these five resume tips and see if your resume will advance to the interview round.
1. DITCH THE OBJECTIVE
An objective is a statement that expresses your interest or goal of securing a future position. Employers already know that you want this job because your resume is in their hands. If you choose to include a personal introduction in your resume, utilize a personal branding statement instead. Keep in mind that a resume for undergraduates should only be one page. Space is valuable in a resume, so let your experiences and skills demonstrate the value you offer to the employer.
2. CUT THE FLUFF
Are you thinking about including a skills or expertise section that includes “fuzzy concepts” like team player, hard worker, excellent communicator, etc.? Think again! It is better to incorporate your skills into your actual experiences rather than to simply state that you have them. Employers want to see what you can potentially do for them, and your skills become more credible just by integrating them into your experience section.
3. HIGHLIGHT ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARDS THE TOP
Take a look at the job description and identify some of the company or position goals.
Do you have any proud accomplishments from previous work experiences that correlate with the position responsibilities? If so, you want to place that important information towards the top of your resume or as the first bullet point in your experiences. Market your achievements and sell to employers why they need you to fulfill this position.
4. USE C-A-R TO BE IMPACTFUL
Bullet points that only share basic job responsibilities don’t stand out to an employer. Instead, use achievement-oriented language in your resume by using the CAR method– Challenge, Action, Result. Share with employers a challenge you had to work with, what you did to address it, and what the results of your efforts were. This makes your resume more impactful and memorable with an employer.
5. QUANTIFY AND BE FACTUAL
Anyone can say, “worked with customers and improved sales,” but putting a tangible number to that statement will give an employer something to remember you by. Don’t just say you improved sales; state a percentage or dollar amount. Define your successes with metrics and show employers the accomplishments you have to offer them.
A resume is a quick snapshot of who you are as a professional. Take your resume to the next level by implementing these five steps. Finding a job can be competitive, exhausting, and a full-time job on its own, but taking the time to compose a stand-out resume will increase your chances of getting a call back for an interview. Come share your resume and network with employers at our Career and Internship Fair on March 20thfrom 11am to 2pm in the Gym. Bring a few copies of your resume, dress in business professional attire, and see what opportunities lay ahead!