Tips for Developing a Well-Crafted Resume

This post was written by the Director of Career Services, Robert Sweigart in preparation for the upcoming Job Fair, on March 28, being hosted on our campus. Thank you to Mr. Sweigart and his team for working so hard to help our students find their dream careers! Contact your Career Services adviser for help with your resume, or email careerservices@coleman.edu.

At Coleman University, our diverse student population includes those seeking their first job, returning veterans, students interested in changing careers, and individuals returning to the workforce after a leave of absence. What they all have in common is the need to create an appealing, professional resume that catches an employer’s eye.

Today, employers spend only a few seconds on each resume they receive. Therefore, employees need to develop a resume that differentiates their work background from the competition. Coleman’s career services advisors work one-on-one with students to provide personalized professional development services, and our experience shows that when it comes to resumes, one size does not necessarily fit all.  There are requirements and recommendations that we have for each of our programs. What suits your resume is not guaranteed to work for your peers. The basics of a resume are the same, however each resume is unique. If you need help updating your resume or would like to have it reviewed make time to visit your Career Services Advisor as soon as possible so that we can help you get into the career you really want.

Candidates should thoroughly read the job description and tailor their resume to the needs of the company. Is the company interested only in candidates that hold a specific degree or certification? Does the company require candidates to submit a portfolio of their work? At Coleman, our graphic design and game development and design students are encouraged to refine their portfolios and post them online, so that they are easily accessible to employers. You do not need to bring an arsenal of technology and handouts to go with your resumes, but keep in mind that employers will search for your name online and it is pertinent to ensure that what they find will not disqualify you as a candidate. Update your portfolios, websites, or any other digital media that you curate, before you begin submitting resumes.

Keep in mind that many large and small companies utilize applicant tracking systems to assist in their recruiting efforts. These systems search for key words in your resume to add to their database. It is important that candidates include those key words from the job description so that they are not automatically disqualified before they even meet with an employer.

What other aspects should be considered when writing a resume?

  • Formatting is important. You may want to research resumes from peers in your field to determine whether there is a certain outline that should be followed, or speak with a career advisor. Use (but don’t overuse) bullet points. Avoid graphics, large blocks of single-spaced text, and varying font sizes.
  • Proper grammar and punctuation is critical. There is no place for slang words in a resume. If you have questions about grammar or punctuation, check out grammar books from the local library, view online sources, or seek out a career advisor or trusted friend for advice.
  • Place name, phone number(s), address, and e-mail address in the top left-hand corner. Create a professional e-mail address and take a professional photo for social media sites.
  • Write a succinct profile that highlights work experiences and the skills you have to offer an employer. This profile should entice a hiring manager to read further.
  • Resumes no longer include an objective. Instead, we recommend students write a summary of their skills, using bullet points to identify all the relevant abilities that pertain to the job for which they are applying.
  • The work experience section of the resume should include dates of employment in reverse chronological order, the name of organization, the physical location of the employer (city and state), the title of the position, and description of work responsibilities. Under each position, emphasize specific results generated (how you reduced costs, increased sales, overcame a challenge) and use action verbs.
  • Maintain a simple and direct resume. Do not exaggerate your experience or your qualifications as that is a good way to put yourself in a work situation that you may not be ready to handle. Be honest and concise with the information that you put onto your resume as it sets the tone for what an employer can expect from you as a potential employee, including your work ethics.
  • The Career Services Department strongly suggests avoiding using a template for your resume. Downloaded or borrowed templates are not guaranteed to look the same after they are sent off and employers will notice immediately if you have sent in a template resume, which will not work in your favor.

If you experienced a gap in employment due to illness or caring for a family member, be prepared to give a short response that explains the situation. Business Insider gives 3 tips for addressing a job gap: be honest and upfront, consider doing volunteer work or taking relevant classes, and, explain the skills acquired while you were out of work. Gaps in employment are not necessarily viewed as negative if it can be explained how time away from the workforce has strengthened your background as the perfect candidate for the job.

  • The education section should include the name of the institution, dates attended, and degree or degrees earned. Remember to include the major, minor, and important certifications. Make mention of academic awards if they are applicable to the position. Include a GPA if it is higher than 3.0, or if you do not have previous work experience.
  • Veterans are often concerned how to transferring their military experience into civilian terms. Many skills gained in the military, such as organization, leadership, responsibility, and technical ability can be easily translated to a civilian job.
  • Make sure that you include everything that an employer asks for with your resume submission, which may include a cover letter. The Harvard Business Review suggests a list of important cover letter aspects that will make your resume stand out. The Career Services Advisors at Coleman are here to help you with drafting your cover letters. Again, it is important that you make time to speak with them as soon as possible in order to be completely prepared for your career search.

Now that you have an understanding of what to include in a resume, we recommend omitting the following information:

  • Personal information, such as age, marital status, race, or number of dependent children need not be included. Hobbies should be mentioned, only if they are applicable to the job. There is also no need to include high school graduation information.
  • Irrelevant work history and nonessential extracurricular activities should not be listed. Think of your resume as your personal “elevator speech.” Only include work experience that highlights relevant skills and experience.
  • All employers expect job applicants to have references, so there is no need to include a statement such as, “References will be furnished upon request.”
  • It has become a more common practice among employers to seek out the private social media profiles of candidates in order to gain better insight into an applicant’s background. However, there is no need to include links or information pertaining to your personal social media profiles on your resume. It can be beneficial to include a link to your LinkedIn profile, so make sure that you have updated your LinkedIn before you start applying to employment opportunities. However, that is not something you are required to provide as part of a resume submission.

While we all live in a fast-paced world, it is important to take time with the resume process. Developing a carefully constructed resume could be the difference between hiring you, or the competition, for the next “dream” job.

Coleman Hosts Job Fair & Open House on Sept. 20

Coleman University will host a job fair and an open house on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The job fair will be held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and the open house will be held from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on our campus at 8888 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. The public is invited to attend.

Technology Focused Companies Seek Qualified Applicants from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Meet with the area’s top tech firms and network with your peers at the job fair. Attendees are encouraged to wear business attire and bring plenty of résumés. The following companies are registered to attend: Abacus Data Systems, AIS™ Data Centers, AVSD (Audio Video San Diego), California Coast Credit Union, CCS Global Tech, CGI Federal, Cobham Microelectronic Solutions, Computers 2 SD Kids, Financial Coach 4 U, FortuneBuilders, H&R Block®, Infinite Corporation, Manpower®, PM Talent Global, Randstad Technologies, Robert Half®, ScaleMatrix, SoftHQ, TriTech Software Systems, and the US Army®. Refreshments will be served.

Meet Instructors and Staff at the Open House from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Learn more about the technology-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees available at Coleman University. Program directors from the colleges of cybersecurity, software development, graphic design, game programming design and development, and graduate studies will be available to answer any questions about the programs and courses. Meet with members of the admission and financial aid staffs and find out more about Coleman’s extracurricular student clubs, from Team Antikythera (the cybersecurity club) to ENVI (envi-us.org), the Electric and Networked Vehicle Institute based on the Coleman campus. The ENVI-Coleman-San Diego Mesa College’s student-designed-and-built autonomous robotic submarine used in this year’s RoboSub competition, will be on display.

Classes start on Monday, October 17. For more information about the job fair or open house, contact us at 858-499-0202.

Showcase Your Company at the Job Fair
Space is still available to register your business at the job fair. There is no registration fee. Companies will be provided with tables and chairs. For more information, contact Robert Sweigart, Director of Career Services at 858-499-0202 or send email to rsweigart@coleman.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

Coleman University Hosts Job Fair & AITP SD Career Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Coleman University will be hosting two great career-centric events on campus!


Coleman University Job Fair
Location: Hopper Hall
Time: 4:00-6:00pm
This career fair is free and open to the public. Speak with employers in the IT industry. Dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes, pens, and your winning networking skills! Questions? Give us a call at 858-499-0202 or email us at careerservices@coleman.edu


AITP Career Panel Events (RSVP Required)
Location: Scott L Rhude Hall
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Career Panel Discussion
7:30 – 8:00 PM – Q&A with coffee

The Career Panel Discussion will be an exciting opportunity to learn about the present IT job market in San Diego – who’s hiring, skills in demand, training opportunities, job searching and interviewing advice, etc. It is designed for job seekers, professionals in IT and application development and for hiring managers looking to learn some tips on what other companies are doing.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:
Member: $15
Non-Member: $20
Students, military: FREE (online RSVP still required)
For more information, itinerary, list of panel speakers and registration, visit: http://tinyurl.com/aitp-career-panel


 

Job Fair: Now Hiring!

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Our Fall Job Fair will be held on September 15th at 4:30pm in Hopper Hall.

Many companies come to meet prospective employees. They love to speak to everyone, show what their company is about and find out who would be a good fit for their company. Many students have received a job offer from this event, and for many others, it’s a good way to get your resume out. Most companies are also looking for candidates to hire for a later date.

Some of the companies that will be attending include:

U.S. Army
Spotlink
CGI Federal
H&R Block
Phoneware Inc
Verimatrix, Inc
Status Pros
Nothrop Grumman
Bulwan

…and many more!

During the Job Fair students will also be able to enter a raffle to win awesome prizes! Be sure to come by and check it out!

Job Fair: September 15th

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A big thanks to Career Services for setting up another job fair, set for September 15th at 4:30pm in Hopper Hall.

Held twice a year, our job fairs are a way for students to apply to jobs in their field, meet potential companies, network with other students and get a feel for the industry.

Many companies come to meet prospective students. They love to speak to everyone, show what their company is about and found out about students if they’d be a good fit for their company. Many students receive a job offer from this event, and for many others, it’s a good way to get your resume out. Most companies are also looking for candidates to hire for a later date.

During the Job Fair, students will also be able to enter a raffle to win awesome prizes! Be sure to come by and check it out!