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.