As you know, employers are developing impressions and opinions about you, starting with the first time they get an email from you, read that email and open your resume document. Since first impressions are hard to mend, here are a few simple, yet professional, changes you can make.
Ensure that your email address is professional; avoid anything cute, silly, odd or suggestive – keep those fun email addresses for your friends and family
Bonus tip: select an email address that has your name listed in it so that a potential employer can visualize your name one more time; when selecting an email address, remember that people can confuse the letter “O” with a zero and the lowercase letter “l” with the number one (underscores can also be missed as well)
Use your email signature to provide your name and contact information and avoid using images, quotes and other add-ons that can be interpreted as unprofessional
Bonus tip: inserted images, from a signature-based business card to a cute airplane picture, can send emails to SPAM or junk filters
Select an appropriate name for your resume and cover letter documents; the documents should be labeled with your name, document type (resume, cover letter or references, for example) and job title if applicable
Bonus tip: some employers do not open attachments or prefer not to receive attachments; if this is the case, you will want to save your resume as a text file, which removes most formatting, and insert it into the body of the email
Posted by eraucso on May 26, 2014
Language skills are a valued commodity for many companies and should be included on a resume. With languages, you can create a section dedicated to that function, or you can include it in an overall “Skills” section.
If you include a language on your resume, you need to be proficient in it. If you can speak the language but not read or write it, specify your actual abilities with that language, possibly by listing different comprehension levels.
If your native language is English and live in the United States, please do not include that as a language skill. If you are from the United States but are seeking employment in a global location, you can list English as a language skill. If you are from a location that does not speak English as a native language, please include English as a language skill.
Sample resumes are available on the Career Services website (http://careers.erau.edu/).
Posted by eraucso on May 19, 2014
Dr. Randall Hansen posted a great article on the Quintessential Careers Blog in regards to a new college grad checklist for creating the best resume for the job search.
Here is the article in its entirety.
Review your resume for these best practices:
Not used a resume template to create my resume;
Used standard fonts (no more than 2) in normal size (11-12 pt.);
Placed my name at the top my resume in a bold style;
Listed the best two methods to reach me (typically cell, email);
Used a professional/appropriate email address; no Yahoo or “babydoll;”
A well-formed headline and/or branding statement;
A Summary of Qualifications section with 3-4 targeted bullet points;
An Education section that follows next, containing only my college experience;
An Education section that lists my college degree, honors and awards, and GPA (if above a 3.0);
An Experience section that follows next, listing all relevant entries in reverse chronological order;
Included relevant jobs, internships, and volunteering in my Experience section;
Listed each experience entry by the job title, employer, city, state, and start/end dates;
Written 3-4 bulleted phrases for each experience — highlighting my accomplishments, not duties;
Started each experience bullet point with a strong action verb;
Quantified my accomplishments, where possible;
Included extracurricular activities, only if relevant;
Kept my resume to one (full) page;
Not listed any references or names of supervisors;
Reviewed other samples of good new college graduate resumes;
Spell checked and proofread every single word on my resume;
Made refinements to my resume to help better navigate employer applicant tracking systems;
Received critiques from key people in my network and made appropriate revisions.
To read the full article, please visit the Quintessential Careers Blog: http://blog.quintcareers.com/college-grad-resume-checklist/
Remember that your resume should be tailored for the specific position you are seeking. The above are just suggestions to consider when writing your resume.
Posted by eraucso on May 12, 2014
By Valerie Kielmovitch
You did it! After all of the waiting and applying, you nailed the interview and accepted your first full-time position! Your first day of work has finally arrived. But how do you prepare for this momentous occasion after all the years of schooling?
Below is a list of items to consider:
- Dress Attire – It is always better to be overdressed for your first day of work than be underdressed. Remember, your dress will be making a first impression on all of your new colleagues.
- Personal Documents – Typically, there will be a period of filling out paperwork to ensure you receive all the benefits of the position. Ensure you remember to bring identifying documents with you on your first day, such as driver’s license, social security card, green card, I-20, etc.
- Be Prepared – Before you wake up for your first day, make sure you know actually where you will be going. Being on time and knowing the location for your position are crucial to starting off on the right foot.
- Lunch – It never hurts to pack a few extra items for lunch in case the company doesn’t have a cafeteria or the culture does not permit leaving during the day. However, try to ask a colleague to lunch or ask what people typically do during their lunch hour.
Remember that everyone had a first day on the job once, so do not be afraid to ask questions. Don’t pressure yourself to master your new job in a day or even a week. The learning curve will take some time, so be patient with yourself. Go in with a positive attitude and be a strong professional!
Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.
Posted by eraucso on May 8, 2014
To all Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduates,
Congratulations! We wish you the best as you embark on new adventures. Good luck in everything you do!
Posted by eraucso on May 6, 2014