When you find an opportunity that excites or energizes you, you want to be ready to be first in line to apply. You don’t want to scramble, worry and wonder if your professional tools are ready. We want you building a resume or refining the one you have in such a way that we fully leverage your Wake Forest experiences to land opportunities you want.
How do you collect all the “data” from your experiences and skills to display in a sharp, one-page document that screams, hire me!? Through these steps, you’ll be ready to cut through the competition with a strategic mindset and competitive edge to help you land the interview ahead of your competition.
This is an ongoing process and there is always something to be refined, added or removed. We are always updating and improving.
A quick-glance, one page document highlighting your backgrounds, skills, and experiences. The presentation of a personal brand preceding the face-to-face interaction with a potential employer. A snapshot of the skills and experiences you have that align with the job you want.
You must be strategic and connect the dots for the recruiter or potential employer – they may spend 10 seconds scanning…so get gutsy and tell your story effectively.
A lengthy, multi-page novel telling every detail of every experience you’ve had. Or, an inaccurate representation of who you are, what you’ve done, and the things you’ve accomplished. Or, sparing details that list your job duties and not accomplishments.
Think you don’t have any experience? Not true! All experience matters. Internship and job experience is obvious, but there’s MORE! From organizations on campus, clubs, philanthropy, event planning, fundraising, projects you manage, work study, campus jobs, and all of the leadership roles you hold, the initiatives you take and organize…Your experiences are endless!
Before you begin listing every experience of your undergraduate career… sit back and think.
The job description is your guide – make sure to emphasize in detail, skills and experiences in your resume and examples that are consistent with the skills the company/organization is looking for in their next hire. Remember you can use software tools to identify keywords that boost your resume.
Accomplishment statements are used when describing your experience to show an employer proof of your skills, accomplishments, and results. They highlight your skills and demonstrate how you can help an employer by citing specific results. Simply listing duties or responsibilities from your job description is not enough – focus on your skills and achievements – how your efforts impacted your position, your project, or your organization.
You must always be revisiting the effectiveness of your accomplishment statements especially as a young professional. You must use the framework of the professional world to explain your liberal arts education and what you can do for an employer.
Give yourself a title that authentically explains what you did in a role not just what the job title was for the organization. For example, if you are a member of a group, what kind of a member are you? Do you help with philanthropy or fundraising? Then let’s call you “Fundraising Member”.
If you were helping or assisting, think of the accomplishments you achieved as part of the team and lead with that: “Increased student engagement in campus-wide fundraising event for 1500+ participants collaborating with a diverse group of student leaders to raise $23K for Brian Piccolo Foundation. See the difference? Lead with the accomplishment or impact.
To get in the mindset of writing result/accomplishment statements, ask yourself the following questions:
Think about what the employer wants and how your skills align.
Examples of basic (because who wants to be basic?) vs. professional accomplishment statements:
Finally, Results – The qualitative description has been great, now it’s time for some quantitative results, and accomplished outcomes! How many students did you mentor in service club? What was the increase in awareness after your campaign?
These guidelines increase your chances of getting an interview. And remember – this is a direct snapshot of the skills and capabilities you have for the job you want. The personal brand preceding the face to face.
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