SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
What do you include on a resume other than work experience?"
The last step in writing a great resume is to include the extras that make you, you!
The previous blogs that we have covered--header, professional profile, education, and work experience--highlight the most common items on a resume. However, miscellaneous items, especially when they are specific to the job application or culture of the organization to which you're applying, can be very powerful. If used strategically, miscellaneous items can showcase your uniqueness and distinguish from other candidates. Used unthoughtfully, of course, you could end up having the opposite effect. When in doubt--leave it out! Best to use precious resume real estate for work history.
In previous blogs, we provided a “Before” and “After” of our resumes; however, this post will focus on general advice becaise we did not make any changes to our sections. We will provide our final overhauled resumes in the next blog post.
I like to think of the Work Experience section as the main course. This section is the most important part of your resume--the things recruiters need to decide if you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function in the advertised role. If the recruiter feels satisfied by the first few sections of the resume, they will move on to get a taste of what skills you have for the job! In some case, recruiters may just skip to the work experience and scan it for key details. This section is important because it showcases your experiences that would qualify you for a position, and by having a great format with effective wording should impress the recruiter before they ever meet you!
The New Year has finally come, and we are all still figuring out the realm of public speaking in a global pandemic. As you start to ease into the new semester and the New Year, the Speaker’s Center has some helpful tips and tricks to making your presentations and oral projects a success!
In this post, we continue the step-by-step series on how to write or improve your resume by focusing on the Education section.
So far, we have covered how to write an eye-catching headline and an impressive professional profile.
Now we will review Education, which is often located at the top of a resume for a current student or recent graduate. It is often the largest accomplishment for them to date. After three or more years of work, however, it will likely drop to the bottom of the document.
There is only so much more time until the Speaking Your Story Project ends for the semester. Do not miss your chance for your creative work to be showcased next semester and have the chance to be awarded a scholarship for your efforts. Deadline for submissions is this Friday at midnight- do not let this opportunity pass by! Visit Speaking Your Story Project for more!
As we near the end of 2020 and the Fall semester, some of our volunteers at the Speaker’s Center reflect on the question:
What is the most impactful speech you’ve witnessed? Most of our graduate assistants have taught public speaking in the past or they are currently amid grading your final persuasive speeches, nevertheless our wonderful patrons have seen some amazingly given speeches by our undergraduate students. Our public speaking classes are so important to us and we have the great fortune to watch our students blossom into their own speaking confidence.
Enjoy some of our favorite moments and speeches we’ve witnessed as you finish up your finals week!