Your résumé is a professional summary of your education and experience related to the type of employment you are seeking. The goal of your résumé is to demonstrate to potential employers the value you bring to their organization. Your résumé will continue to transform as you grow professionally.
What is a résumé?
A résumé is a concise written statement highlighting the qualifications and skills you possess as a result of your life experiences. It communicates a maximum amount of relevant information through a minimum number of words. A résumé is designed to persuade an employer to grant you an interview or to request your formal application.
Who should have a résumé?
Everyone! In today's tough job market, the average individual changes jobs at least once every 4-6 years. The primary tool used by almost every employer to weed out prospective employees is the résumé. The résumé is your entry ticket to the job game.
When should I start writing my résumé?
Now! A résumé is something that grows and changes as you develop professionally. It's never too early to get started. A well-prepared résumé is a necessary tool for effective job seeking. The time and effort devoted to résumé preparation is a worthwhile investment in your future. The very discipline required to collect, analyze, and prepare your data for writing a résumé provides the opportunity for necessary self-assessment.
Where to start?
Think of your résumé as an advertisement. Before you write the advertisement, you must know what the product is that you are selling. You are the product! Make sure you can clearly state what the benefits of this product are: your skills, abilities, competencies, motivation, and potential. Start by sketching your past work and educational experience then fill in the blanks. Do not worry about formatting, that will be covered later. The important thing is to create a pool of information on which to draw. The best résumés are those that target the employer's needs. Do a little research into the employer's needs. This can be done through the job referral itself, annual reports and other publications by the employer, and publications in Western’s Career Services Library.
To schedule an individual résumé review appointment, contact the Career Services Coordinator:
Taylor Hall 302A