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Résumé Words Not to Use by Christy R

Résumé Words Not to Use

When browsing a résumé, recruiters often look for specific words that are relevant to the job description. When writing a resume, you should aim to make it stand out. A couple of simple rules will help you to avoid words that are overused and do not add uniqueness to your résumé, as well as words that are not appropriate to put on your résumé.

Never use words that are too general and are irrelevant to a position description.

Remember to be very concrete and provide specific examples about every skill you list on your résumé. Avoid words like responsible or successful. We all have responsibilities that are associated with our jobs, so avoid listing your job duties unless very relevant to the job for which you are applying. Instead, be very specific about your accomplishments. It should be common sense to include only successes on your résumé but just listing them does not provide employers with useful information. Illustrate your success with specific examples and show how the success was measured.

For the same reason, avoid putting problems-solver or skilled on your résumé. These words are too general and need more concrete examples to add value to your résumé.

Avoid using words like assisted, helped or contributed.  When tempted to put assisted down, ask yourself: How exactly did you help/assists? What were the results and how big of a contribution did you manage to add? What amount of work (list specific tasks) did you do?

Avoid using word team-player, describe how you contributed to or lead a team. Never put just excellent written and verbal communication skills—provide an example of how often you had to write and how many viewers you had.

Never use words that are not appropriate for the résumé.

Remember to screen every word that you put on the résumé to make sure they are professional enough to be there. Avoid using over-praising adjectives like splendid or spectacular—they not only do not sound professional but also have no credibility.

Avoid saying how you feel about your job or your job function—words that carry feelings are not relevant to your job function whether you hated it or it was a pleasure. Never include a description of your physical appearance such as attractive unless it is relevant to the job.

You résumé is not the proper place for talking about your political beliefs or your religion—thus avoid words like liberal. It is also not appropriate to mention your health and there is no need to put strong immune system on your résumé.

It is tempting to use familiar with when you are not particularly good at something however still want to mention it on the résumé. You have a choice of learning it well enough to become proficient or leaving it off your résumé. Familiarity means that you know a little but will still need to be trained—just like a person who is not familiar with that same thing.

Avoid highly-intelligent (and rarely used) words. You may just confuse your reader or give the wrong impression. By the same token, avoid jargon or acronyms that are not generally accepted or widely understood. Don’t use clichés and words that are overused and won’t set your résumé apart from the others. Use synonyms to make your résumé stand out.  Never use personal pronouns in your résumé—it is a summary of your experience and “I” or “me” are considered redundant.

By using strong words and avoiding inappropriate words, and by spending good amount of time writing your resume you will be able to add character to it and make it stand out from hundreds of others!

To have a career counselor look over your résumé, come to the Office of Career Services walk-in hours.

—Written by Anna Morlang, CareerCATS Coordinator for the Office of Career Services

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Career Resource Spotlight: Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight:
Military-to-Civilian Career
Transition Guide

The Essential Job Search Handbook
for Service Members

Leaving the military might be one of the most difficult transitions you’ll ever make. Significant tim

e and effort must go into getting your civilian life and career off to a good start. This book will guide you through creating a transition strategy and timeline and investigate the continuing military benefits and opportunities available to you.

Taking advantage of this resource will help you:

  • Prepare for what to expect from those around you as you transition from the land of ID cards to one without them.
  • Identify your greatly expanded available military and civilian resources.
  • Clarify your new potential benefits and entitlements as a soon-to-be veteran.
  • Create an overall transition strategy that works.
  • Identify your skills, strengths, weaknesses, and desires so that you can put yourself on the right career track.
  • Write résumés and job search letters that get the attention of employers.
  • Interview successfully for jobs.
  • Effectively evaluate and negotiate job offers.
  • Begin your new job with a clear understanding of the civilian side of things so that your next promotion is right around the corner.

Stop by the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center today to browse our extensive resource library or make an appointment with a career counselor!

Career Resource Spotlight: Career Opportunities in the Publishing Industry by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight:
Career Opportunities in the
Publishing Industry

Have you ever wondered what your options are if you are interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry? This book breaks it wide open! First of all, it breaks job opportunities down into three main sub-fields:

  1. Newspaper Publishing
  2. Magazine Publishing
  3. Book Publishing

From there, it goes on to list all the different jobs you could possibly think of. Here’s a quick list to give you an idea of the range of careers possible:

For newspaper: Editor, Writer, Page Designer, Marketing Director, Publisher.

For magazine: Editor, Fact Checker, Freelance Writer, Art Director, Public Relations Director, Business Manager.

For book: Proofreader, Book Packager, Children’s Author, Book Designer, Sales Representative, Bookseller, Publishing Attorney.

…and many more!

For all of these, a specific job profile is listed, including duties, typical salaries, best geographical locations, and employment prospects, making this an indispensable resource for those of you considering this field for a living!

All this information is at your fingertips! Take advantage of it simply by visiting our resource library in the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center.

Career Resource Spotlight: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design

To all designers out there who know that a solid portfolio can make or break your job search, this book is for you! Putting together a solid design portfolio and cohesive promotional package can be an overwhelming task. Questions arise such as: Should I use color on my résumé or should I keep it black & white? How do I choose which pieces to include and which ones to leave out? How many samples should I include? This guide will answer all those questions, covering topics such as:

  • Planning your portfolio
  • The portfolio process start to finish
  • The traditional portfolio (with résumé, cover letter and business card)
  • The digital portfolio (CD, DVD, web site—including all the technical aspects of preparing your pieces for optimal digital appearance)

The book will take you step-by-step through all the traditional job-search preparations…tailored specifically for graphic designers and artists! Snippets of advice from art directors and other successful professionals in the field are included to make this resource invaluable to young designers getting ready to market themselves.

Ready to get your hands on this book and start creating building a solid portfolio? Stop by the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center today!

Career Resource Spotlight: Career Opportunities in the Music Industry by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight: Career Opportunities in the Music Industry

Looking for a position in the music industry? Career Services has the perfect book for you!

Titled “Career Opportunities in the Music Industry”, this sixth edition book by Shelly Field helps music-minded individuals in their job search by listing over 90 professions related to music. Focusing on jobs ranging from a record producer to a songwriter, this book serves as a quick-reference for all job-seeking professionals.

With over 360 pages of information, “Career Opportunities in the Music Industry” categorizes job positions by high-level terms, such as “music retailing and wholesale”, and “on the road”. Discussing important job components such as salaries, education and training needed for various positions, “Career Opportunities in the Music Industry” provides a well-rounded approach for any job applicant.

Interested in getting your hands on the book? Visit the Career Services office (located in Baker 533) anytime between 8 AM-5 PM, and start researching your future music career today!

—Contributed by Katy Taylor, Special Events Coordinator for the Office of Career Services

Career Resource Spotlight: Green Careers for Dummies by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight:
Green Careers for Dummies

Are you a graduating senior who is interested in pursuing a job with a “green-minded” company? Have no fear, Career Services is here!

In effort to better suit all job-searching students, Career Services has recently started enhancing their literary collection. One acquisition for the collection is “Green Careers for Dummies”, written by Carol McClelland, PhD.

As stated throughout the book, this guide’s main focus is to assist job-seeking people in finding the right “green career” for them. The book provides great insight into various “green” industries, and discusses how to use the web to launch an effective job search—useful stuff! Additional topics discussed throughout the book include: discovering the green frontier, finding your green focus, and using the current green industries to inspire and motivate more sustainable corporate actions.

Interested in getting your hands on the book? Visit the Career Services office (located in Baker 533) anytime between 8 AM-5 PM, and start activating your “green career” today!

—Contributed by Katy Taylor, Office of Career Services PACE Special Events Coordinator

Job Search Techniques: Spring Quarter Weekly Webinar Series by Christy R

Job Search Techniques:
Spring Quarter Weekly Webinar Series

The Office of Career Services is excited to announce the start of a weekly webinar series on job search techniques. Six different career authors and experts will be sharing their expertise in a variety of areas, including social media, career strategy, and vital job search skills.

The schedule for the next 6 weeks:

Interviewing: April 13th— Scott Zimmerman & Carl Rakich
Twitter: April 20th—Susan Whitcomb
Listening: April 27th—Mark Goulston
Networking: May 4th—Devora Zack
Career Strategy: May 11th—Peter Weddle
Job Search: May 18th—Martin Yate

All webinars will be held on Wednesdays in Baker University Center, Room 503, from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Remember, what you don’t know about your careers will cost you interviews and jobs, so don’t miss this opportunity to improve your chances of getting hired! Attend one presentation or all.

If unable to attend a presentation, stop by the Office of Career Services to pick up the latest information on how organize your job search, plan your career, build a network, interview and use Twitter to get a job!