Resume workshop poised to help stint-seeking students
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 17:10
No matter what classification, college students have a common thing in mind when preparing to enter the working world: have a fantastic resume.
The A-State Continuing Education and Community Outreach program is offering a chance for the Jonesboro community to create and perfect resumes, with no cost to students.
The resume workshop will be held 5:30-7:00 p.m. Oct. 10 at 2004 E. Nettleton. Perry Jackson will instruct the course and focus on how to build a resume, what to include and what not to include.
“You want the resume to get you an interview, which will hopefully lead to a job,” Jackson said. “It is important you make sure it is free of errors and mistakes.”
Jackson has been teaching the class for five years, and said one of the common mistakes students make with resumes is making it about the individual and not the company for which they are applying.
“For example, in the Objective Statement, most people, especially recent graduates, may put something like, ‘To obtain a position with a company so I can gain experience,’” Jackson said.
He added that people need to understand if they apply for five different jobs, they will need five different resumes based on what the qualifications are for each job.
Jazmin Martin, a senior chemistry and pre-med major of Little Rock, said she has a Curriculum Vitae and an everyday job resume.
“The CV resume is more academia based. As a science major, you must have a CV if you have done research or wish to go to graduate school,” Martin said. “It’s similar to a regular resume but lists all of your research conferences you have attended and your presentations.”
Martin said she has made plenty of mistakes when creating her resumes because she had trouble organizing it properly.
USA Today writer Jillian Sandler created a list of five outdated job-hunting tips students are following, and “put everything you’ve ever done on your resume to highlight every accomplishment” was number two.
“Cutting down your resume is important in helping you get to the next round of the application process,” Sandler said.
“One page resumes are usually the rule of thumb, but it depends on the person’s experience,” Jackson said. “If they are older and have more work experience, one page resumes do not apply.”
Jackson said for a college graduate who graduated high school, less than five to seven years earlier, one page should suffice.
In fact, according to the Huffington Post, the average time employers spend looking at a resume is 30 seconds, meaning it is even more important to have your work history summarized onto one page.
With technology slowly taking over printed versions of cover letters and resumes, Joshua Waldman also said in his Huffington Post article that Google has replaced resumes, and recruiters use LinkedIn profiles and Google searches in order to find talent.
Daniel Holt, an A-State graduate and graphic designer at BigEye Creative in Orlando, said his design jobs are very reliant on his resume.
“It’s all about experience and presentation,” Holt said. “I have lost jobs in which my work is on the same level, but the other candidates are older or designing longer.”
Holt said the key is to get as much work experience relevant to the job being applied for on the resume.
“People don’t care about your retail or fast food experience at this point. It’s all about your career area,” he said.
To sign up for the resume workshop contact Leah Walters at 972-3052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.