Resume Updates

My resume, complete with corrections I must make. One of the steps I must take to prepare for the 2012 PRSSA National Conference.

It amazes me how many different ways there are to compile a list of experiences and accomplishments. Everyone has their own opinion. Each time I update my resume I always try and have someone proof read it as well, which usually leads to a discussion on formatting. Personally, I find all this talk of formatting confusing and frustrating! Everyone talks about what they do, then they add what their third cousin once removed does…why should I care? The truth is, I just want to find what works for me.

At a UVU PRSSA event last spring, I was told that if you are called back for an interview your cover letter and resume has been successful. I have now adopted it as my motto. Based on that motto, I have been receiving more calls back for interviews with my current resume.

Before the 2011 PRSSA National Conference I visited the Utah Valley University Career Development Center. (This department could be nominated as the most under used resource on campus.) With their help, I focused and finally condensed my experience to one page. It was this visit, that I solidified my current format. Using this frame work, I was able to gain more traction with jobs than I have in the past.

As I have prepared for the 2012 PRSSA National Conference I decided to visit the Career Development Center once again. This year I focused on including accomplishments rather than a laundry list of tasks. This also forced a language change, now you will hear a more assertive and active voice in my job descriptions. I also learned that social media is not a skill per say, unless you list the various platforms. And as always, there were some minor formatting changes. After leaving the Career Development Center you can see; I had some work to do.

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4 thoughts on “Resume Updates

  1. You could definitely see your skills within the paintings you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

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