Written by: Tamela Blalock, MTA, CMP – National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors
For many of you, this is the time of the year where you are preparing to apply for your next internship or for “THE JOB,” the first full-time job after graduation. Now is the time to perform a resume audit. A resume audit is a thorough review of your resume to confirm that it is an effective instrument for your career search.
TEST 1 – DOES IT TELL A CLEAR STORY?
This is by far the most important step. What types of jobs/internships are you seeking? If you are looking for a meeting planning or sales management position, the resume should clearly indicate your professional desire. The best test for this step is to ask several working professionals to review your resume and to ask them, “Is it clear which type of job I am seeking?”
IMPORTANT NOTE – Please be open for honest feedback. It is very likely you will hear that your resume is “vague” or “generic.” Please keep in mind that this feedback will help you to craft a more effective document.
TEST 2 – WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
This is a difficult yet important question to ponder. If you are a student or a recent graduate, you may have multiple answers. If that is the case, you MUST create multiple resumes. The truth is that competition for jobs is extremely fierce. Generic resumes are not going to be considered. To create job specific resumes, review job announcements for similar positions that interest you. What skills are they seeking? Which word/phrases are often used? Work those items into your resume.
TEST 3 – USE YOUR FREE RESOURCES
Reach out to your college’s career center. This service is also available to alumni. They can give you great feedback on resume styles that are visually pleasing and in a professional format.
TEST 4 – REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW
After you have completed this research and updated your resume(s), revisit those professionals to confirm that your resume is telling a clear story and presents yourself as an attractive candidate.