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Our View: The resume paradox, duality versus quantity

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 17:02

For most students the goal after school is to obtain their dream career.

However, while in college, the focus seems to be more on completing this semester rather than completing an application.

As a result, resume building can be put on the back burner until the last minute, causing future alumni to scramble to find things to promote themselves.

It seems many people who apply for jobs have the wrong idea of the purpose a resume serves.

And regardless of whether resumes are correct, students seem to go alone in their quest for a career, without using connections that could be valuable to them.

When writing a resume, most people like to promote themselves as much as possible. However, some can do this by blowing their achievements out of proportion.

For example, it is commonly known that helping with charities is likely to boost an applicant’s chances of getting the job. Donating $10 to a charity, on the other hand, is not resume worthy.

Still, many an applicant will boast about “tutoring” their friend, or “volunteering” to play with the dogs at the animal shelter.

The point of a resume is to showcase times where an applicant went above and beyond in achieving a goal.

If the task at hand was something anybody can do, it is not worthy of making the cut.

This doesn’t stop many students from adding pages of length to their resumes in the hopes it will make them look better on paper. But adding too much length can have the opposite effect.

Employers do not always have time to look through pages of accomplishments. Instead, they want to know the applicant’s greatest ones.

These can be hidden, however, in between all the “fluff” the applicant uses to add pages, causing employers to miss them.

Another problem students have with writing resumes is which achievements are showcased.

Even if a resume only shows the bare-minimum, what is a great showcase of a skillset to one employer may be useless to another.

In addition to changing a resume to fit each specific employment opportunity, applicants, especially students, should never be afraid to seek help.

Teachers provide some of the best advice for what employers are really looking for. They can also provide valuable connections to potential employers, as well as serve as references.

It is never too early for students to start thinking about their careers after they leave A-State.

For that to happen, it is essential to look past the joys of college, even for just a moment, and think of life after graduation.

“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of ASU.

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