I am a college graduate and I’m desperate to find a job, but I can’t seem to write a decent resume. What should I do?
You are absolutely right to be concerned. A good resume may be instrumental in determining the rest of your career. You have three choices. You can go to the library or a bookstore and get a book; have a resume professionally prepared; or go online to get information. (I have a new download available at www.getajobkeepajob.com.)
There are many different resume styles. When you are picking a style, remember one thing: a resume is not intended to be a sheet of facts about you. It is intended to be a marketing tool, a brochure, and an opportunity to tell the world how good you are.
Writing your resume is tricky though. Write it in the third person and omit the pronouns. For example: “supervised four data entry clerks,” or “introduced a new purchasing program which saved the company 25 percent.” This will keep your resume from sounding like: “I did this. I did that. Look at me. I’m so great.”
If you choose to have your resume professionally designed, picking out a good resume service is almost as important as picking out a good dentist – a wrong decision in either area could result in discomfort. Some resume services are not creative. They won’t dig into your past experience or education to help you find things to highlight in your career. The goal here is to make you look as good as possible while still telling the truth. If a resume service suggests that you lie about your background, shop around. A good service will be able to do a good and creative job without lying.
You want the employer to literally be captured and swept away by your talents. The response you want to elicit is, “WOW, I want to interview this person”!