On Wednesday, Feb 26, Career Services sent in the specialists decked out in lab coats and stethoscopes. They weren’t helping your average patient, but actually resumes.
The Resume Doctor workshop brought resume experts who worked with students to improve their resumes for the upcoming Wright State Career Fair on March 17.
Healing the resume
The resume doctors worked with students to make changes to their already existing resumes that would strengthen them and make them stand out among other resumes.
“Students were able to improve their formatting and the content that their resumes highlight. Students often struggle with writing bullet points and focus more on the tasks and not necessarily their accomplishments. A good bullet point should start with a strong action verb, including the task, and highlight the results of that task,” said Mariann Weiss Career Advisor.
The biggest mistake students make on their resumes
When employers look at multiple resumes a day, only the strongest ones will stand out and land the applicant an interview.
What should students avoid on their resumes? The answer, templates.
“Most templates are really hard to edit and change; some are not scannable by applicant tracking systems and do not always showcase a student in a professional manner. They can really impact a first impression if they even make it to a person,” said Weiss.
Why is it important for students to have a strong resume?
“Strong resumes have an easier job search,” said Weiss. “The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. If your resume is not strong, chances are you’re not getting the call for that interview.”
Without the interview, no job Weiss said.
“The issue with resumes is that most people are not actually taught how to make a resume and they seek advice from people that don’t have that expertise. It’s important to have a Career Advisor or Career Consultant review it,” said Weiss.
How often does Career Services host resume workshops?
“This was the pilot for doing the Resume Doctor,”said Weiss.
There will be another Resume Doctor session on Thursday, March 12, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Union Market.
Students should take full advantage of resume workshops to ensure that when they begin applying for jobs and internships they stand out and really show all their strengths and accomplishments.
Career Services holds several workshops each semester.
Resume Workshops are also offered throughout the school year to help students understand the formatting and what they should include, in addition to other topics.
All of the events can be found on the university calendar and on Handshake.
There will be another Resume Workshop on Wednesday, March 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in 005 Library Annex.
“Students are always welcome to schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor or their Career Consultant,” said Weiss.