Alisande "Alie" Ivie is the college's first ENV Career Specialist. Below, she shares advice on what students can still do to make themselves job- and career-ready in the current economic climate.
Your Resume is A Reflection of You. Throughout my career, I have assisted many individuals in getting to the next stage in their career. I have also helped individuals that were having difficulties securing employment. Even though they applied to several positions, they were not receiving invites to be interviewed. I would ask to review their resume to ensure that it has the necessary key elements. Most job seekers do not take the time to ensure their resume clearly states their strengths and skills that are relevant to the position. The resume is an important piece to the job searching process. The resume is an introduction to entice the employer to read more about you. It is imperative that your resume grabs the reader's attention and encourages them to view your portfolio. In a sense, your resume is a reflection of you, which illustrates your specific skills and related experience. But, more importantly, it demonstrates your value to the company and the assets you bring.
To increase your chances of getting an invite to the interview, customize your resume to match the needs of the employer. For example, if the job requires the candidate to type 100 words per minute, your skills section should include that you are able to type 100 wpm. This does not imply that you must recreate your resume for every position that you are applying for. I highly recommend that you take the time to include keywords that are specific to the company and industry of interest. For those individuals that are not receiving invites to the interview, I encourage you to revive your resume.
Stay tuned for the next ENV Student Success Workshop:
Revive your Resume: How to Get Your Resume Noticed by Recruiters
Date: Tuesday, April 14 | 12-1 p.m.