|We are all aware that a well-written, attention-grabbing resume is critical to getting the opportunity for an interview. Be concise, highlight your qualifications, and most important is to present yourself as an eager learner who is a proactive employee. Professional Recruiters only skim your resume to determine if you are “worthy” of their time. Therefore, your presentation must make it easy for recruiters to find the information that sells them on you.
SECTION ONE: The Resume
|In order to be effective, highlight your strongest skills and abilities. It is always recommended that you make improvements in the following areas:
Do not use objective statements
- Objective statements focus on what you want (i.e. to obtain a job in the XYZ industry), and not what future employer’s wants. Do not waste this valuable space on an objective. Rather use the top of your resume to emphasize your competitive qualities and most relevant skills. Make sure your resume sells you to the hiring in manager at first glance.
Consistently format your resume
- When a hiring manager sees a consistently formatted resume, they know you pay attention to detail. Take pride in your work and show the employer you will put as much effort into working for him as you did into your resume. Use consistent formatting on abbreviations for states & dates, and be sure to present headings, job titles, school names, etc… using the same format.
Use action verbs
- A resume should identify you by using action verbs. This gives the hiring manager the impression that you are someone with a “can do” attitude. Your vocabulary used sends a message all its own. Make sure your message is not telling them you are a passive employee, but rather a proactive one who will take action and drive results.
Don’t date yourself
- You do not need dates older than “10 years” showing in your resume. Even if you graduated from college, simply list the degree and no date. The employer only needs to know that you have received one. Their focus will be on what you have done more recently. An employer might infer negative thoughts about your age before they even meet you. Always protect yourself from age discrimination.
Include your first and last name in any file name created
- Prevent your resume from getting lost on the hiring manager’s computer. Recommendations are that you use both your first and last name in any file name of your resume. When you use a generic file name (i.e. Resume 3), it causes difficulty for any employer to locate you. You should always position yourself as being easy to hire, easy to contact, and easy to work with candidate.
Keep in mind that your resume is a marketing tool.
You must display “only” the most pertinent and impressive pieces of your experience. If needed, locate a professional resume writer who can prepare your resume to make a positive first impression. Make sure they are experts in the field, and know how to construct a resume that will get interviews. After you write and re-write your resume, do not forget to check your spelling and grammar before using it to apply for a position. People overlook their own spelling and grammar errors. Have several friends or colleagues look. They should determine that it is easy to understand, free of inconsistencies, and minor mistakes.
Written by: Christine Foster, Alumni Secretary 09’
40 HIGHEST PAYING OCCUPATIONS IN U.S. 2004-2014
By Education Required
For detailed information on a specific career: 1) click on career title below (you’ll be transferred to the
CareerOneStop web site), 2) indicate your state, 3) check the occupational content of interest (at bottom
of page), 4) click update and 5) Click on printer-friendly version button at top of page for print-out.
Post-secondary or Associates (2 yr.) Degree Bachelors (4 yr.) Degree or Higher
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Computer Specialists, All Other
Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Electric Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
Family and General Practitioners
Aerospace Engineering Techs
Engineering Technicians, All Other
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Techs
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Industrial Engineering Technicians
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Forensic Science Technicians
Computer and Information Systems Managers
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
Natural Sciences Managers
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Drafters, All Other
Computer and Information Scientists, Research
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
Electrical/Electronics Repairers Indust Equip
Fish and Game Wardens
Geological and Petroleum Technicians
Dentists, All Other Specialists
Electrical/Electronics Repair Transp Equip
Computer Hardware Engineers
Computer Support Specialists
Human Resources Managers, All Other
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Environmental Engineering Technicians
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software
Architectural and Civil Drafters
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
Physical Scientists, All Other
Life, Physical, and Social Science Techs
General and Operations Managers
Source:Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections
Dear CT&M Alumnus,
I enjoyed my one-on-one meeting with you before your graduation. Thanks for your time.
A college is known for the accomplishments of its students and graduates! We would like to see you advance in your career. Also, we would like to encourage you to remain connected with the college and your fellow graduates. As such, we are initiating a College of Technology & Management Alumni Network.
The first order of business in doing this is to identify interested graduates and engage them in the process of helping the college offer activities of value to them. In order to do this we will need your input. During our meeting, you indicated that you would like to work with the college and take an active role as alumni.
Our initial step is to get students, faculty and administrators together to define the charter, processes, means of communication and activities of an alumni network.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thanks very much,
Shri K. Goyal, Dean
College of Technology & Management at
St. Petersburg College
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