Think you have the perfect resume? You can still make it better.

Filed in Career Fair by on February 15, 2011

I’ve had my resume critiqued a number of times so I thought it was in pretty good shape. However, with the Summer Internship & Job Fair coming up this Thursday, I decided to take advantage of the employer resume critiques happening on campus. I figured another set of eyes looking at something couldn’t hurt and it was a great way to hear an employer’s side to see what they’re looking for.

The lady I got matched with was extremely helpful. She explained how to make a few simple word and formatting changes to make my resume significantly better. She pointed out that, even though it does suck, most resumes only get looked at for a minute or two. She explained how to set it up so that all of the important information was easy to find so an employer would see those parts immediately and then would be more likely to read further. Some of the changes were as simple as moving the dates to the right side of the paper so it was easy to see when I did each thing and for how long. She also pointed out that I had written WPI oriented phrases like “Major Qualifying Project”. To the outside world, most people don’t know what that is. She encouraged me to put the title of the project instead and then in the description explain how it was a “7 month long intensive project…” etc.

So no matter what shape your resume is in, I’d definitely encourage you to get it looked at it again. Employer resume critiques are happening again today from 12-5 in the CDC. Its the last chance to get your resume critiqued before Thursday, so definitely try to take advantage of it if you can.

About the Author ()

Hi everyone! My name is Kelly and I'm from Andover, MA. I'm a senior in Mechanical Engineering, and it's my second year as a Peer Advisor for WPI's Career Development Center. I'm also in one of the sororities on campus, Phi Sigma Sigma, and a part of EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service). I'm going to be keeping you updated on my senior year and what I'm doing to figure out my life after college (jobs, grad school, etc). Enjoy!

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