The Resume – Conventionally Subjective

By: Anthony Moreira

I’d like to refer to the resume as something that is “conventionally subjective”.

I’ve had the fortune of working with clients and students who’ve been asked to “apply online” or “send me your resume” in order to be considered for a position.  This is the traditional aspect of the career process that allows you to communicate your brand (See the UB Career Cycle) to prospective viewers.

However, it’s very subjective in the sense that there is not one boilerplate template for your resume; different industries, different experiences and different objectives can be combined in a myriad of ways to create a strong resume.

My Point?

The resume belongs to you! It is a platform to communicate your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs), as well as to create intrigue for viewers to advance you to the next step in the recruiting process.

As such there are a few principles that I encourage students to consider when developing their resumes

  1. Focus on accomplishments- How are/were you measured on the job? What makes/made you successful on the job? Think about that across the number of jobs/volunteer/extracurricular activities you’ve had, as well as the length of time.
  2. Don’t worry about the format of the resume at the beginning stages of development. Simply, type experiences and accomplishments on a separate page – “get it all out and put it on paper”. Let this be a master document for quick and ready access.
  3. Pay attention to repeating action verbs! You can only “assist” or “facilitate” so many times. Include a diversity of action verbs helps paint a more dynamic, yet accurate (and truthful) vision of your work experience.

Please be sure to consider the effort, timeliness, and energy given to your resume as you continue to communicate your brand. However, don’t forget that is a component of the career development process.

Sources: Resume Magic by Susan Whitcomb

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