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Dr. Resume promotes students’ success in finding a job

Published 9/5/17

Valeriia Efimenko

TNE Writer

When applying for jobs, a resume may be the first impression an employer has of the applicant, especially if candidates are applying online. A poorly-formatted resume can distract employers from the content on it. NSU gives an opportunity for students to fix their resumes and ease their dream job search. Dr. Resume is an event that provides students with resume assistance and advice. Career counselors will be on site to give one-on-one direction to students with their resumes.

“A good resume should be readable and relevant to the position for which it is being used,” said Allison Gardner, Career Services counselor. “Readable means that the reader can quickly scan over the resume and retrieve key information at a glance. It also should be well-organized. Relevant, in this case, means that the resume should be tailored according to the audience that will be viewing it. Is the resume being used to apply for a scholarship? A student leadership position? An internship? A career opportunity? Each of these intended purposes may require a unique focus for the resume.”

At the Dr. Resume workshop on the Tahlequah campus, Autumn Stafford, director of NSU Career Services, and Allison Gardner, Career Services counselor, will be reviewing resumes. At the Dr. Resume workshop on the Broken Arrow campus, Kaylie Bradley, Career Services counselor, will be reviewing resumes.

“I crafted my own first resume in high school for a family and consumer science class,” said Gardner. “It wasn't awful, but it was certainly nothing like the standards I know now. I think my biggest mistake, looking back, was that I felt I had to include on my resume everything I had ever participated in or accomplished, and that is not the case at all. Over time I continually added and added but never trimmed any outdated or irrelevant information off.”

Having a good resume is one of the most important things when applying for a job. Most of the time, students do not know how to make it properly and what to include in it. Career Services specialists recommend first brainstorming what skills and experiences are most relevant to the position or purpose for which a candidate is using the resume.

“Always be sure to include your college education- even while it's in progress,” said Gardner. “This should be one of the first sections the reader sees, so you will want to make sure it is near the top of the page. From there, you can highlight coursework, internships, volunteer experience, clubs and organizations, as well as part-time or full-time jobs you may have held. Avoid using complete sentences and creating paragraphs of information. Employers only spend a few seconds glancing over a resume, so bullet points are certainly your friend. Be brief and to the point so that the employer can quickly retrieve those key bits of information you don't want them to miss.”

Something as simple as wording can make a candidate competitive among other students. Creativity plays an important role as well. A resume is a way to prove to the employer why they deserve to be considered for a position, so it should look polished and professional.

“My first resume was a template I used off of Microsoft,” said Sarah Tilley, career event specialist. “It was very hard to edit and did not look professional at all. I made an appointment with Career Services and they helped me tailor my resume to a hospitality and tourism degree. The advice I would give to students is get plugged into your Career Services office earlier than later. You can never be too prepared for your career.”

This kind of event is being organized for the first time. After the event is over, they will assess student participation and interest and decide how often to have the event. If students miss out on this event, they can make an appointment with one of the career counselors to create a resume or have one reviewed. To do this, visit the website, click the “Resumes and Cover Letters” button and select the “Schedule Appointment” button. From there, students will choose their reason for making an appointment and who they would like their appointment to be with.

“My expectations for this event are high,” said Kathryn Wade, hospitality and tourism management events intern. “I hope to see a good amount of students from freshmen to seniors, and I hope they all see the value in having their resume reviewed by a professional.”

Dr.Resume is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the UC Underground on the Tahlequah campus. Also, it is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4- 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in the Business & Technology Building on the Broken Arrow campus.

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