Resume Tip: Remove Clichés and Fluff from the Resume

deletebuttonpicRecently there has been press about an overabundance of overly used words on resumes “Experience” and “LinkedIn,” like detail-oriented, driven and team player, to name a few.  While some of these words can be useful, you need to eliminate as much as possible the clichés or fluff words from your resume, job search documentation or online profiles to ensure that readers see your value.

As you build or evaluate your resume, you should keep wording that establishes your expertise and accomplishments, enhances the document or further clarifies information.  Otherwise, remove the words or phrases that do not further your candidacy for employment (aka fluff) or that seem to be on everyone else’s resume (clichés).

Now, having common wording or a few fluffy words on the resume is not typically a deal breaker, but it probably leaves less-than-desirable impressions on the reader.  First, a list of overly common words may lead to assumptions that you can’t think outside of the box or be creative and that you may not really know how you can help the company’s bottom line.  Second, filler words make it harder for a reader to understand what you want to communication and forces them to weed through the extras to get to the point.  Third, an inability to deliver on the resume may signal to the reader that you have poor communication, persuasion or other skills that a company may expect from a candidate.

Companies expect candidates to communicate clearly and effectively, so avoid using empty filler on your resume.  Instead, use clear, concise, powerful wording that conveys your value to a potential employer.

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Co-op Assistance Award Winners

The Co-op Assistance Award Program provides financial awards to a few deserving students each summer who participate in the University’s Co-op/Internship Program.  The Program helps students minimize their financial concern by helping them defray some additional expenses that would be incurred during the work term and allowing the students to get the maximum benefit from a great co-op or internship opportunity.  The Award Program which has been in existence since summer 2003 with $16,500 awarded to 60 students is funded by employers, alumni and the Career Services team .  Congratulations to the 13 Daytona Beach students who received a Co-op Award for the summer 2014.money

Jeremy Asomaning – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Boeing Company, Everett, WA; Structures Airframe Intern

 

Jacob Clinard – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, IN; Design Engineer Summer Intern

 

Samantha DeMarco – Master of Science in Engineering Physics/Space Physics

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM; Research Scientist Intern

 

Davin Fonseka – Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management Science

Cape Air, Hyannis, MA; A&P Maintenance Intern

 

Zorororashe Gandiya – Master of Business Administration

Lufthansa Technik Component Services, Miramar, FL; Intern

 

Amy George – Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ft Worth, TX; Technical Intern

 

Zachary Goff – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, MD; Systems Engineering Intern

 

Kristia Harris – Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Teledyne Oil & Gas, Daytona Beach, FL; New Product Development Intern

 

Shizhen Huang – Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Orlando, FL; Apprenticeship Program

 

Calvin Pereira – Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science

Cape Air, Hyannis, MA; A&P Maintenance Intern

 

Carl Phelps – Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

Grimmster, Port Orange, FL; Engineering Intern

 

Jay Rowland – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Cessna Aircraft Company (Textron Aviation), Wichita, KS; Engineering Product Support Engineer

 

Michelle Sinagra – Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems

Express Employment Professionals/Embraer Executive Jets, Melbourne, FL; Designer Intern

 

Below are some highlights of gratitude from the award winners:

“I just really appreciate the help that I have gotten from Career Services!”

“I would like to thank you and the entire Career Services office for this award. I truly appreciate the support and please know that it will be very helpful while I am going through my internship…”

“I’d like to thank you and the other members of career services for this award! It is greatly appreciated and will be very helpful for my internship. Thanks again!”

“I want to say an even bigger thank you for awarding me the Co-Op/Intern Assistance Award! I am so excited. This will definitely help with the costs of setting up at the company for the summer. Please extend my thanks to Brian and the rest of the Career Services Staff.”

“This is great news!”

 

 

Resume Tip: Length of a Resume

By: Sandi Ohman

Due to technology innovations, the job application process is not as clear cut as it has been in years past. One process that has been impacted is the length of the resume. Some conflicting examples are:resume length3

–          One page resume is enough, while others say two pages are required to properly show off accomplishments and help the candidate stand out.

–          A one page resume is appropriate if the candidate has less than five years of experience; five years or more can have a two page resume

–          Three pages is okay if the candidate is applying online

These examples can be confusing, prompting questions such as: When is a two page or more resume okay? How can everything fit on one page, especially if incorporating keywords from a job description?

It is hard to clearly answer each scenario since there are a lot of ‘if …, then …’ in each question. Here are some brief answers that can be used as a basic guide:

  1. Student or recent graduate, little to no work experience
    • One page resume is ideal if giving a hard copy resume to a recruiter/manager
    • When applying on-line, two or more pages are okay, as long as the resume content is relevant. This allows for keywords to be incorporated and help the resume make it through filter systems
  1. Non-traditional student, possibly previous military experience
    • Two page hard copy resume is more commonly acceptable but make sure the content is relevant to the position
    • Two page plus resume when applying online is acceptable
  1. Alumnus with experience
    • One to two page resume, depending on the relevancy of the experience to the position being applied to
    • Two page plus for an online resume is common
  1. Alumnus making a career change
    • Scale the resume back to one page, showing relevant experience to the new career, as well as special training that demonstrates skills in the new career area
  1. Federal Resume
    • This is an online resume that is numerous pages. It is best to use the resume wizard/builder in the USAjobs.gov website, and page length won’t matter

What if the resume is more than a page but not two complete pages? An online application whether there is a page and a quarter or a page and three quarters, or two full pages, length is typically not a problem. However, hard copy resumes either need to be one full page, leaving some white space, or as close to two pages as possible. Ask a professional for their feedback on how to fill in the resume more if it is shorter than two pages and a hard copy resume is needed.

While most companies expect resumes, fewer professions in the US require curriculum vitae (CV). CV’s are more often a minimum of two pages, but typically more than two pages. More information on CV’s can be found on the Career Services website found at http://careers.erau.edu/

Resumes are always changing, whether format, length or content. Keep in mind the most effective resumes are tailored for each position, whether that means one or two pages.

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Tips For Your Next Video Interview

By: Emily Ferraro

video interviewingWhen seeking an internship or job opportunity, candidates seeking the position are hopeful for an in-person interview. More often than not, companies will conduct quite a few rounds of different interviews before bringing candidates to the company for a meeting. A popular choice for recruiters to begin the screening process is to call candidates for a phone interview. Additionally, with the ease of virtual interactions, video interviewing has become a prevalent form of screening as well. Here are some things to consider when you are asked to participate in a video interview:

First and foremost, ask the right questions:

And be prepared! In order to get ready for the interview, you will want to know what platform the company is using. Skype and Google Hangout are most commonly used, but there are so many other programs or apps that the company could use to conduct the interview. Ask for confirmation details if it is unclear as to what program they are using. Two things are crucial:

  1. Make sure that you have the correct application/program information as well as the username of the contact with whom you will be in touch with.
  2. Be sure to download and add the program well in advance. Also, add the user’s information to your contact list to prevent any missed or blocked calls. Practice using the software and make a call to a friend to make sure it works on your end.

Next, work out the logistics to set-up proper surroundings for the interview by:

  • Finding an area with strong Wi-Fi connection (or accessible Ethernet outlet)
  • Selecting a room with good and consistent lighting, non-cluttered walls, and distanced from noisy and distracting areas
  • Making a practice call and checking on the sound quality. Tip: Use headphones with a microphone to reduce echo noise
  • Preparing your outfit in advance. This is just like an in-person interview so make sure that you are dressed to impress. On camera, it’s best to avoid bright colors and patterns. Stick with the black/neutrals and look polished.

Last-minute reminders:

  • Turn-off all web browsers and open pages on your computer so there are no pop-ups or sounds
  • Leave phone off or put on airplane mode/silence
  • Remind your surrounding friends or family that you are busy and ask to not be disturbed
  • Make a sign for the door to let others know not to disturb you during the interview
  • Keep your portfolio in front of you with your resume, job description, and prepared questions to ask the interviewer(s)

For more information on interviewing, please visit the Career Services website at www.careers.erau.edu.

Emily Ferraro is new to the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and serves as the Program Manager for undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies as well as her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Emily enjoys working with students to help them achieve their personal and professional career goals and specializes in topics such as personal branding and resume writing.

Resume Tip: GPA

GPAListing your GPA on your resume is typically suggested practice. If you choose to leave the GPA off your resume, then be prepared to be able to answer why your GPA is not listed. Some companies screen by GPA and having it on your resume could increase your chances for an interview. If your GPA is low, then it is a judgment call if you want to list it.

Additional Tip: If your major GPA is higher than your cumulative GPA, then you could list both on your resume.

Sample resumes are available on the Career Services website (http://careers.erau.edu/).

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