SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
by Alyssa Metelak, Communication Studies
The use of virtual teams to conduct business has skyrocketed in the past year. In many instances employers have switched to online thinking, so for young professionals joining the workforce, this post highlights the pros and cons to virtual networking in the communication field, and how to get better at it.
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.