My niece is a junior at Salve Regina and she recently asked me for some resume advice, so I had her email me her resume so I could take a look. I’m so glad she did. She was still using the template she’d used back in high school and it didn’t do her any favors. It didn’t highlight the clinical rotations she’d done as a nursing student, nor the various jobs she’d held during and since high school. Sure it listed them, but it didn’t highlight the skills she’d gained from them. There is a big difference. If she had sent this version out to potential employers, I wonder what kind of response she would have gotten from them, if any. I re-formatted it, edited the statements, asked her questions and sent an improved version back to her, which she is currently working on.
But it made me stop and think.
How many seniors do I have out there in Friartown that are still using resume templates from high school, and like my niece, may not realize these templates aren’t doing them any favors? It pains me to think that they won’t have Jen’s instinct to reach out to someone for help. There’s no shame in not knowing how to do a resume. The shame is not asking for help and sending out a terrible resume that you don’t even know is terrible, and then wondering why you aren’t being considered for jobs. No one is born knowing how to write a great resume. Almost every professional you ask, will tell you they received some type of resume advice they incorporated along the way in order to improve their resume. And while you may not have an Aunt who reviews resumes for a living like Jen does, you do have 8 Career Advisors in Slavin 108 wanting, willing and able to help you. All you need to do is ask.
Come in during daily Quick Question hours with a resume or call 401-865-1290 to make an appointment with a Career Advisor today!
P.S. There is a resume guide in the Resource Library found on the home page of eFriars. And there is still plenty of time to get help before graduation!