When updating your resume, job seekers seem to default to discussing duties and responsibilities and often neglect highlighting significant accomplishments and relevant skills. One way to combat writer’s block is to start the process by asking yourself self-reflective prompts to help you recall stories that showcase your unique work history. Keep your content focused to ensure you include information that will show the employer how you could potentially help their organization.
This is the first installation of a three-part series about how to use the 12 weeks of summer to enhance your career experience and boost your chances of success.
Job seekers may find the thought of tailoring their resume for every position they apply for exhausting. This can certainly be a daunting task, especially if you have not identified a general focus for your career. However, remember your resume should be a brief account of your education, qualifications, and experience that relates to the position you are seeking. Here’s a strategy to consider before you put everything about your career into one document and leave it to the employer to sort out:
The entertainment industry always speaks to “giving the audience what they want.” Things are not much different in the job search world. If you are applying for a technical job, your resume needs to showcase—what else—your relevant technical skills.
Federal job searching can be confusing if you are new to the Federal Government. It is important to understand the steps that you will need to take in order to move ahead in the process. The difference between applying for a federal job and a non-federal job is your resume.
A captivating resume tells a story of your achievements rather than simply providing a summary of your responsibilities. Writing a results-driven resume may come easy for career professionals who have jobs where there are clear, quantifiable key performance indicators. However, if you are working in a role where your impact is ambiguous or not regularly tied to performance data, this could be a challenge.
When I wrote my first resume back In the 80s, things were much different. Resumes were written with broad objectives, with content that was comprehensive and generic in focus, and everything was included—just in case. Overall, my resume was all about me and was designed to cover a wide range of employers and potential opportunities.
September is International “Update Your Resume” month! Most job seekers know the importance of having a professional resume, but many working professionals forget to keep theirs up-to-date. In recognition of this, UMUC Career Services will be featuring a series of articles on resume writing including: Five Principles for Developing an Effective Resume, How to Write a Results-Driven Resume, Five Important Steps to Writing a Federal Resume, and Developing a Successful Technical Resume.
Last week, UMUC’s Career Services team hosted a series of webinars to help students and alumni prepare for different stages of their career progression. Continue reading for a description of the webinars and to find links to the presentation recordings!
Did you know, UMUC students and alumni have exclusive access to a variety of online career tools that can assist in your job search and career development? You might already know that UMUC Career Services offers career advising appointments, hosts employer recruiting sessions, and presents informational webinars, but here are the self-service tools housed within UMUC’s CareerQuest job portal.