By Kristy Amburgey
I am willing to bet, like many other job seekers, that you want to make a great first impression to the employers you meet at the Industry/Career Expo. One of the best ways to create a positive impression is to have a solid and strong resume. Your professional attire matters and how you present yourself matters, but your resume is also part of an employer’s evaluation process.
Please review the below list of resume tips as you develop and refine your document for the Expo. A resume for career fairs and events should be visually enticing as recruiters take only a few seconds to glance at the resume and determine the next steps in interacting with you.
Keep it clean and easy to read. Important information should be quickly identified in less than 10 seconds. There should be some empty space but not too much blank page. Organize the document with the most important information towards the top of the resume.
Without a clean format, you may lose out to a candidate who has a well-organized and easy to read document. Format is also typically the first impression you make on the reader, so that impression needs to be a strong one.
A resume needs to showcase your accomplishments. List outcomes and results of your experiences, quantifying them as often as possible.
Employers want to see that you can produce results in whatever role you have done.
A resume for the Industry/Career Expo should be one to two pages in length, depending on your experience levels. Current students would ideally have a one page document while experienced alumni can use a second full page.
A recruiter is only going to spend a few seconds glancing at the resume before making a judgment call about continuing a conversation with you, considering you for an interview or moving on to the next candidate.
It is a good idea to customize the resume for the companies that you plan to meet and/or the different job types you want to pursue.
It shows the employer that you spent the time researching and understanding their needs and that you are truly interested in their organization.
Even though the resume is a succinct document, you still need to follow basic grammar rules like correct punctuation and proper capitalization. Spelling and proper word usage are also important. Don’t rely solely on spellcheck, though, for it does not pick up on all mistakes.
Grammar and spelling errors are top reasons that employers eliminate resumes from consideration. Attention to detail is exemplified in a resume.
Writing clearly is imperative to getting your point across. Make sure that all your wording throughout the resume is written in precise statements that do not cause confusion.
If you can’t communicate via the resume, how will you be expected to communicate in the work place?
The content of the resume must be, without doubt, accurate. Ensure that things like the degree, GPA, locations and dates worked can be verified by a potential employer.
Providing incorrect information on the resume is relatively easy for an employer to catch these days, and they do not want an employee who provides incorrect data or is prone to stretching the truth.
- Don’t staple your resume together if it is more than one page; don’t print front and back; a paperclip can keep the pages organized
- You do not need to present your cover letter to the recruiters at the Expo; cover letters can be shared as you apply online or via email
Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.