Recently, my intern was talking to a classmate who insisted that her resume was a quality resume because she got an “A” on it. My intern snickered and said, “Sure, so did I.” But she wrote it before she met me and spent time studying quality resumes and resume strategies. Now she knows her original resume lacked the value and accomplishments needed for a successful resume.
Selected despite the resume
When I chose my intern, my decision was made despite her resume. I had asked my contacts at a college about their intern program and asked for resumes of possible candidates. What sold me on my intern was the solid recommendation she got from the head of the program. She said, ” As promised here is the resume of a student that I believe would be an asset to you and your business.” and went on to explain why.
In this case, I ignored the resume other than to read the basics because part of the internship plan included working with me to create a compelling resume and job search strategy.
In the month plus we worked together, my choice has been proven right. But most companies don’t get past a bad resume and you will never get the chance to prove you have the value they seek.
What’s wrong with getting an A on your resume?
- Typically, classes in resumes in high school and college are taught by someone who has no training in resume writing and the book they are using as their guide is an old English book (or a new English book with old information.)
- Classes in college tend to push duties over accomplishments. Everyone can list duties, it’s what you have done with those duties that make you the shining star that they want. A professional resume writer spends time probing you to find those hidden gems of information to make you stand out and then phrases them in a way to compel the hiring manager to call you for an interview. Can you do this yourself? Absolutely! But you need to know what questions to ask yourself and you need to know how to write like a professional resume writer.
- More often than not in school, the emphasis is on the one page resume instead of concern over whether you have value and content to fill more than one page.
I know qualified professionals on campus career centers completed training by the professional career industry. Sadly though, most campuses fail to hire someone with that training. So the students are taught by someone reading from an old book.
The “A” grade on your resume may yield no responses from employers
Even more scary, the job seeker who got an “A” on their resume is baffled when they don’t get responses from employers. As I shared the beginnings of this post with my intern, she said, “Now I know exactly why my “A” on my resume wouldn’t have done the job to get me a job. It lacked the essential ingredients of a good resume. But the best part is, when I get ready to look for a new position, I’ll have an “A” quality resume!”
Why? We discuss resume strategy during each of our work sessions and my intern will benefit from a new resume designed and developed using cutting edge career solutions!
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