My Causerie

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." ~ Ronald Reagan

SIUE PRSSA members getting ready for the job search February 28, 2013

Filed under: ACS 213,ACS 313 — mycauserie @ 12:12 pm
Michelle Swanson, nationally certified resume writer, shares tips with SIUE PRSSA members.

Michelle Swanson, nationally certified resume writer, shares tips with SIUE PRSSA members.

Michelle Swanson, nationally certified resume writer, shared her expertise with SIUE PRSSA members as part of their “Getting Ready for the Job Search” programming. Swanson gave several tips on how to write an effective resume. Some of the tips included:

  • Using key words that align specifically with the position/company
  • Highlighting skills/education relevant to the position
  • Focusing on outcomes; don’t just list job duties
  • Considering graphic/color elements judiciously; know the culture of the company
  • Choosing fonts wisely; Arial, Tahoma, Garamond are good choices

According to Swanson, these tips help ensure your resume will make it through the applicant tracking systems that many companies use today. This also means not using a “cookie-cutter” resume – sending out the same resume for every position.  Although this may seem like a daunting task for new graduates who are sending out multiple resumes, Swanson provided students with some great time-saving tips on how to accomplish this without rewriting their entire resume each time. She also provided several examples and gave multiple online resources that will help students with the resume writing process.

Writing an effective resume will hopefully result in getting an interview.  Colleen Kennedy from the University of Iowa PRSSA, shared “5 Tips for Success in a PR Interview” in a blog post that also gives students some great advice.

Whether you are looking for an internship or wrapping up your senior year and beginning the job search, these tips are sure to help everyone be successful.

In the meantime, pull up a chair and let’s talk.

Advertisements
 

One Response to “SIUE PRSSA members getting ready for the job search”

  1. Keagan Says:

    Reblogged this on kkristoff and commented:
    I learned a lot of new ways to spice up my resume. I never thought about adding a touch of color to it! Michelle Swanson, did a great job of keeping the workshop interesting and informative.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s