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Resumes: Stress Accomplishments!

March 30, 2009

accomplishmentsWhen writing your resume, Deborah Radman, senior vice president/director at CKPR, a public relations firm headquartered in Chicago, says tell prospective employers what you accomplished, not what you did. Here are a list of tips for resume writing. These come from CBS News.

Be proactive. Don’t rely on job feeds and job alerts.

Throw out old resume myths.

Tell them what you accomplished, not what you did. Show how many sales you created, press coverage you generated, etc.

Dump the “professional summary.” Use valuable up-front space for key qualifications – get recruiters to read on.

Don’t trust spellcheck: Proof your resume, have others proof it and then proof it again. One typo can knock you out of the running.

Network. Network. Network. Contacts are key; look for conferences, seminars and events sponsored by professionals associations like PRSA.

Engage Social Media. Use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and look for “job of the day” tweets, too. Profiles, though, must be totally professional.

Find a mentor. A mentor can bring years of experience to bear for resume writing, interviewing techniques, and industry perspective.

Use All Job Board Resources. Look beyond listings. Many job boards, like PRSA JobcenterTM, offer a career library, an “Ask the Experts” forum, and formal mentorship programs.

Do your homework. Research a company before you interview and create a “mock presentation” on how you can help the organization.

Pay attention to timing. Keep on top of all leads; a company may start hiring again soon, and you’ll be the first to know.

Read instructions carefully. Companies’ application procedures differ, and so read the instructions. It’s the first screening filter companies use.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Allyson permalink
    March 30, 2009 2:06 am

    Doing your homework is essential when applying for a job. I did a mock interview at Burson Marsteller, and my interviewer asked me what initially attracted me to their company. Thankfully, I had researched the company and was able to answer. Imagine that question and not having a clue what is going on. This post has great advice…

  2. lindames permalink
    March 31, 2009 6:32 pm

    I always get stressed out about resumes, so any kind of tip helps! Maybe you all could do a post on building a portfolio, specific to public relations majors? I’m making one this summer but don’t know where to start!

  3. Kate permalink
    April 5, 2009 5:59 pm

    So you say stress accomplishments. but how far back does this apply to? Do major accomplishments in high school count (aka Eagle Award or Gold Award)? I am not talking about placing in a county science fair, rather major accomplishments.

  4. Leslie permalink
    April 5, 2009 7:29 pm

    I would that if it is something that you can still explain why it is important now that you are passed high school, I think you can put it. Just make sure you can justify it.

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