Get your resume EmployUP ready!

Is your resume EmployUP ready? Bring copies of your professional resume to EmployUP, CPCC’s career fair that takes place on March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grady Cole Center. You’ll be submitting them to employers in hopes of receiving an invitation for a job interview!

What makes a resume EmployUP ready? 

  • No typos. Carefully review your resume for grammar errors and typos.
  • Consistent font style and size. Choose a traditional font style (Arial, Calibri, Times New Roman and Verdana are examples). Use a size that is no smaller than 11 point. Keep sizes consistent for each entry. Whichever size you use for one category title, for example, should be used for all category titles.
  • Bullet points. Avoid long paragraph descriptions.  Employers don’t read them. Use bullet points instead.
  • No “I” statements. Complete sentences aren’t necessary. Start with action verbs to describe your job duties.
  • One page length. Keep the resume to one page. Unless you have extensive relevant experience that justifies two pages, resumes should not exceed one page.
  • Targeted to specific industries or companies. Research your companies of interest beforehand, and develop your objective and skills sections to match what the companies are seeking.
  • Easily identified Education section. Make sure employers can easily see the degree/certificate/diploma you are earning (or have earned). Employers attending EmployUP are looking for specific programs – be sure yours is highlighted.
  • Contact information listed at the top of the page. Don’t forget your phone number and email address. If you have a LinkedIn profile, list the url.

How can Career Services help you make your resume EmployUP ready?

Resume reviews. Career Services counselors can review your resume in four ways:

  1. Schedule a resume appointment with your campus career counselor.
  2. Email your resume to career.services@cpcc.edu and receive feedback within 24 hours.
  3. Stop by Central Campus Drop In Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a resume review (no appointment necessary)
  4. Upload your resume to your EmploymeNC account and receive feedback within 24 hours.

Online resume resources. Use the following online resumes to help you develop your resume:

  1. View the Career Services Resume Tips video.
  2. Check out the Resume Info Link on the Career Services webpage.
  3. Review the resume guidelines and samples in the Career Services Career Guide.

EmployUP is just over one month away! Don’t delay in getting your resume ready for this hiring event.

 

11 ways to create a career fair-friendly resume

When you attend the CPCC Career Fair next month, bring enough copies of your resume to give to employers of interest.

Career fairs are busy. Recruiters won’t have time to read your resume. They’ll glance at it – six seconds at the most.

Follow these tips to help you create a resume that will catch employers’ attention in a short timeframe.

Target the resume to the company: Research companies ahead of time to know which ones you’re interested in. Your objective and skills sections should match the positions and skills the company is seeking.

Use an Objective to specify your career interests and qualifications: An objective that includes the position of interest, company name and a quick mention of your background snags the recruiter’s attention.  

Create a skills category: Employers already know the skills they’re looking for. By doing company research you can know which skills they’re seeking. Make sure your skills category reflects this information.  

Avoid fancy fonts: They’re distracting. Standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri work best.

Keep it to one page in length: Unless you are a seasoned worker with years of relevant experience, your resume shouldn’t exceed one page.

Make sure the Education section clearly shows the college’s name, what you’re earning (degree, certificate, etc.), program (Criminal Justice Technology, Cosmetology, etc.) and graduation date:  Employers searching for candidates from specific programs immediately look for this information.

List your contact information at the top; don’t forget your phone number and email address: If you have a LinkedIn profile, this would be a great place to list your LinkedIn url.   

Use bullet points instead of paragraphs: Employers don’t have time to read a paragraph describing your job duties. Use bullet points that quickly summarize the same information.

Ditch the “I” statements and start with action verbs: Employers want to know what you did so don’t waste any time telling them. Use a variety of action verbs to convey duties and responsibilities.

Plug in numbers wherever you can: Numbers visually break up the resume presentation. Additionally, they can market your qualifications. List a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Mention the number of calls you field in your current call center job. Discuss the amount of sales you contribute to the restaurant in your server role.  

Check for typos: They’re still one of the biggest reasons why employers reject candidates.

Use sample resumes as guidelines. Have a CPCC Career Services career counselor professional critique your resume before the Career Fair to make sure you’re clearly and concisely marketing your qualifications.

Check for spelling errors! (and 7 other resume tips for the Career Fair)

A resume. The toughest one-page paper you’ll likely ever write. When done well, this document could be the ticket to your next job. When written poorly, it likely guarantees you won’t be selected for an interview.

No pressure.

With the CPCC Career Fair just three weeks away, it’s time to start polishing your resume to give you a better chance of impressing the employers.

Here are eight tips for creating a resume that employers will look at favorably.

1. Keep it to one page. Studies show you have six seconds at most to make a good impression, since that’s the average amount of time recruiters spend on a resume. A two-page resume doesn’t work with this short attention span.

2. Develop a targeted resume.  Once you know the companies you plan to visit at the Career Fair, target your resume for each of them. Best place to start is with the objective. Yes, it will be time consuming, but yes it will be worth it!

3. Start job descriptions with action verbs. Remember your composition class where you learned the importance of writing complete sentences using subjects and verbs? Put that training on hold for the resume. Start with action verbs when listing your job duties. Avoid personal pronouns. If you can say something in two words instead of five, do it.

4. Use bullet points.

  • Paragraphs are visually long and therefore a turnoff.
  • Not every item needs a bullet point.
  • Using too many bullet points ruins the effect.

5. Check for spelling errors. Grammatical and spelling errors still top the list of reasons employers reject resumes. Don’t rely on spell check. Scrutinize your resume forwards and backwards. Have someone else review for errors, too.

6. Use keywords but avoid rambling. Keywords are words or phrases specific to an industry. Employers use them the same way you use search words on Google. Make sure your resume reflects keywords for your targeted industry.

At the same time, leave out unnecessary details. The interview will be your opportunity to provide more explanation. The resume is a summary of accomplishments and qualifications.

7. Make sure the appearance is consistent and standardized. Avoid fancy fonts. Stick with the standards like Times New Roman, Arial or Calbri. Your name can appear in a slightly larger font, but keep the rest of the text within 10-11 point font size. Don’t change font sizes or styles midway through the resume. If you bold one job title bold all of them. Putting one category title in all caps? Then do so for the other category titles, too.

8. Have your resume reviewed by a Career Services career counselor. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor who can give your resume a professional review and offer tips for improvement. The Central campus office offers Drop In services (Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) with no appointment necessary.

Employers are eager to talk to you about your resume next month. Is your resume ready for them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do job searching and playing darts have in common?

Comparing job searching to playing darts? Yes, it can be done. Both involve strategy, concentration and skill. And neither is particularly successful when attempted while blindfolded.

How often will you hit the bulls eye – or the dart board itself – if you can’t see it? Increasing the amount of darts won’t help. Try playing a game of darts blindfolded with 50 darts in hand. Now remove the blindfold and play a game with only five darts. Which attempt had better results?

Looking for jobs operates in much the same way. More resumes doesn’t mean more job offers if your search isn’t targeted and your resume isn’t tailored to each position. You’ll increase your chances for an interview if you send 10 customized resumes to 10 specific job openings as opposed to sending 100 resumes to 100 random companies.

Target your resume

  • Write an objective tailored to the position. Mention anything in your background that connects your qualifications to the position. Doing so invites the employer to read further.

Good objective: Seeking the customer service position with Bank of America using my three years of call center experience providing excellent service to clients in the credit card industry.

Bad objective: Seeking a position with a company where I can use my experience and education.

  • List relevant skills and accomplishments.
  • Organize your resume categories in order of importance supporting your specified objective.
  • Provide more details for relevant experience. For example, applicants for a human services position might discuss volunteer work more extensively than engineering job seekers.

Target your search

What kind of positions are you applying to? “Anything that pays” isn’t the best answer. Search for jobs matching your skills and qualifications. Look for industries that compliment your interests. The type of positions and industries you’re seeking helps determine what job search resources to use.

Engineering and technology positions are more often found on job search websites like Indeed.com and Monster.com. You can also find these positions posted on company websites. Social service job hunters should utilize networking and social media much more extensively.

When you attend a job fair it doesn’t make sense to stop at every employer’s table, given the variety of industries represented. Take the time to research the companies attending and develop your customized resume and elevator speech. You’ll save time and frustration in the long run.

Speaking of job fair, the countdown is on to CPCC’s 25th Career Fair. Look for upcoming posts highlighting tips for making the most of this fantastic job search opportunity.