The Time I Got My Resume Critiqued…

Filed in From the Staff by on September 7, 2011

Hello again!

It’s already been two full weeks of class and things are starting to get busier. As I said, I’ll be making lots of appointments with the CDC to find a full-time job for after graduation and in this entry, you’ll get a better feeling for some of the things I’m doing.

When I got my resume critiqued, the counselor took me over all aspects of my paper. He helped me chose better words to better represent myself on paper and helped me to find the best format. While the majority of my resume was fine, I did get a lot of helpful advice about how to explain the many projects I’ve done for classes. Afterwards, I was taught about various job search strategies. I learned that there are a few websites I can use in addition to JobFinder. Overall, it was a pretty easy appointment and lasted about an hour. I would highly suggest anyone planning to attend the career fair to stop by and get their resume critiqued.

In addition to having a solid resume, have a cover letter in your back pocket is important. I’ve just begun to write up mine so I have it critiqued by a CDC counselor. This task is actually pretty tough to do. It’s not that I don’t understand the mechanics of how to write it. I’ve seen the samples provided in the handout on JobFinder. It’s more the getting started aspect that I’m finding troubling. I believe that part of the issue is that I know how vital cover letters are because it gives a company a chance to get to know the real you, your personality, skill set, and personal goals. When writing up a mock copy for critiquing, using a real job description is necessary for doing it well. If you aren’t confident with your grammar skills, you can make an additional appointment with the writing center to look over those aspects. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to walk you through a typical cover letter appointment.

About the Author ()

Hello everyone! My name is Ally Bernard and I am from Spencer, Ma. I am a senior Management Engineering major with an Operations Management concentration. In addition to being a Peer Advisor at the CDC, I am involved in my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Student Alumni Society, and the 2012 Class Board. I’ll be sharing my jobs search with you with year, including the many things you need to do in preparation.

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