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5 resume writing tips for new grads

college grads3It’s that time of year when college grads start contemplating writing their first resume. They know the competition for jobs is fierce, so how do they go about presenting themselves in the best possible light?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Create a professional email address. One of the biggest complaints from employers is when a new college graduate uses a cutesy or unprofessional email address. For example, something like icarryagun@gmail.com  is not going to help your job search. Be sure to create a professional email address that you will continue to use for business purposes.
  2. Be relevant. For a new college graduate, a one page resume is usually a good length. Be sure to include experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. Although it’s great that you maintained a paper route from age 14 to 17, it isn’t really relevant to an employer considering you for a civil engineering position. Employers are interested in the academic credentials and experience you obtained while in school.
  3. Be honest. Avoid the temptation to pepper your resume with buzzwords and skills you don’t actually possess. It annoys employers when they interview an applicant and find they can’t explain what’s on their resume. It can cost you dearly when a hiring manager finds out you lied – and they always do.
  4. Proofread. Submitting a poorly written resume plagued with spelling and grammatical errors, passive language and other easily correctable mistakes is a surefire way to catapult your resume right into the trash bin. Be sure to proofread your resume and have one or two trustworthy individuals reproof it for you to make sure it’s perfect!
  5. Work full-time at finding a job. Don’t make the mistake of thinking employers will find you just because you posted your resume to a few job sites. This is only a starting point. Whether you are a recent grad or an experienced professional searching for a job, never sit back and wait for the next job to find you. There are jobs out there – work hard and you’ll find the one for you!

Wishing you much success in the adventures life has to offer!

Need help designing a resume, cover letter, follow-up thank you letter, or LinkedIn profile? Contact Michelle at MCK Resume Service

I am offering a 15% discount to new grads on entry level resumes during the month of April!

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Take your resume from ugly duckling to swan status

beautiful swanWhile there is no doubt the content of your résumé is what is most important, the ability to craft an attractive résumé is also vital. On average, a potential employer spends 10 – 30 seconds scanning a résumé, trying to get a quick grasp on what you have to offer. Using visuals can set your résumé apart from the rest and draw the reader’s eyes to what you want them to see.

A visually attractive résumé can make it easier for the reader to find and evaluate essential information. But this isn’t just about being pretty. Creating a professional image for yourself indicates you understand what you have to offer, and that you have the ability to organize and present it well.

Do not underestimate the power of a visually appealing résumé. At MCK Resume Service, we are in the business of making our clients look good and get noticed. Let us know if we can assist you in creating a job-winning resume.

Contact information:  http://www.mckresumeservice.com / mckresumeservice@gmail.com / (727) 278-4367

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Looking for a job?

job search tip yellowGet your family and friends involved!

Make your job search a team effort by telling your family and friends that you are searching for a job.

It is important to have a strong support system. They can be there to cheer you on in victory, or pick you up if you’re feeling down. Furthermore, your support team can keep an eye out for any job opportunities they come across.

Keep in mind, every person you know is a potential contact. Following are some ideas of who you can involve in your job search:

  • Family members
  • Friends
  • People in your address books (hard copy, e-mail, and social media)
  • Your Christmas card list (or comparable)
  • Co-workers from past jobs
  • People you know at the gym, physical trainer, or sports teams
  • Neighbors
  • People who come to do work at your home
  • Clerks you know at stores
  • Barber, hairdresser, manicurist, etc.
  • Waiters, waitresses, restaurant managers
  • Your doctors and their staff
  • Religious associations
  • Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, or any other group you belong to

I’m sure you’ve got the picture!

Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you in creating or updating your job-winning resume. ~ Michelle Cook Kaufmann, Resume Writer

Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.  ~Author Unknown