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04/01/12
Resume Reviews in San Diego. Observations about BA, BS Candidates
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 1:17 pm

During the career fair program organized by ACS
Careers I met several undergraduates who sought
advice on their public relations documents and
practice on interviewing.  This is an ideal setting
for members to do this.

While most of the resumes that I reviewed are kept
by the member, several that were used in mock
interviews lead me to reflect on some areas for
improvement.

APPEARANCE:  SPACE AND FONT
Half of the resumes for industrial or government
positions try to squeeze as much on the page as
they can.  This means there is less than one-inch
boarder on the page and font size is usually small,
9-10.  Please consider having a wider margin and
using font size 11 or greater.

CRITICAL
CONTENT:  RESUME “RED ZONE
All resumes typically are reviewed in three stages.
The first stage seeks to look on page 1 for key
skills, experiences or representations that relate
to the position they seek to fill.  Is this a person
whose skills match our needs?  This should be in
the middle third of the first page in an easy to
read format.  Things should be stated clearly,
concisely and specifically.

While half of resumes have some of this information
in the vicinity, it is often not clearly organized.  It
is observe in sections below Education or below
Experience or parts of those sections.

Consider listing the areas of strength and experience
in either a Qualifications or Highlights section before
the Education section, as:

- Experienced in ….
- Proficient in …
- Skilled in …
- Track record in …
- Expertise in …

Match the keywords used in the job description.  It
is the job seekers responsibility to find the terms and
keywords.  If you don’t your competition will.

LISTING GRADES IN EDUCATION SECTION
Grades in Undergraduate school can be a measure
of a person’s competence and proficiency.  From
place to place the meaning of grades differs.

When a resume reviewer sees grades for undergraduate
courses less than 3.5 (out of 4.0), it is often viewed
less favorable for attaining an interview.
Consider not including GPAs less than 3.5.

INCLUDING YOUR INTERNET PRESENCE:
LINKEDIN.COM PROFILE
Just as nearly everyone has a cellphone, the
same holds for email addresses and some kind
of Internet Presence.

Most recruiters and resume reviewers will “google”
you to learn a bit about you and confirm information
on your resume.  It is a good practice to help the
reviewer out and avoid any confusion with similar
names by listing either your LinkedIn.com profile
link or your web-page in the heading of your
resume. 

Make sure your Linkedin.com profile is up to
snuff.

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