TeamSugar member mellybean knows she's accomplished a lot considering the relatively short time she's been out of college, but she's eager to fine tune her résumé so that it grabs the attention of employers. She shared her résumé in my Résumé Remedy group, and it's clear that she has been very busy! I think with a few touchups, her résumé will immediately get noticed.
- Go from entry-level to next-level: Two years isn't a long time to be out of college, but depending on how you've made use of your time, it's enough to grow professionally and make it clear that you're looking for more than just a job. Mellybean should her bump her educational experience to the bottom and showcase her work experience as the first section on her résumé. It may seem like a small gesture, but it's a meaningful one. Doing this shows that you take yourself seriously as a professional and have enough work experience that you don't have to rely on just your degree and strong GPA to get you by.
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- Restructure the education section: This is a very tiny piece of the overall puzzle, but everything counts when you're representing yourself with a sheet of paper. Presently, her résumé reads as follows:
Bachelor of Arts, Auburn University, May 2006
Major: Public Relations
GPA: 3.48/4.00 (cum laude)
June 2005 to August 2005
Completed courses in Advertising and Tourism Marketing at Middlesex University in London, England.
Auburn University, (add location)
Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations
Graduated Cum Laude, May 2006
Curricular Emphasis: Marketing
- The experience section leaves me with questions: The structure of a résumé is extremely important because you want an employer to focus on all of the hard work you've done and not have to first sort out details that are unrelated to your great experience. I would change the "Experience" section to "Professional Experience" and make clear the relationship of the first and second jobs. It seems that she's held two positions at the same company, which is a very common situation, but she would avoid any confusion by first stating the the name of the company in bold followed by the date she started with the company to present, and then separate the two jobs by title and dates held without mentioning the name of the company a second time.