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Tailor every resume to the job opportunity

Each resume you submit should be customized for the job you are applying for.

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Mimic words from the job description in your resume

I would suggest reading the job description for the position that you are apply for a using a few words from the job description to add to your cover letter or resume.

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Mimic words from the job description in your resume

You will be most successful if you tailor each resume to fit a specific job and skill set. Use words in your resume that match the ones you are finding in the job description.

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List concrete accomplishments related to specific assignments or experiences

I am impressed when a student has an intern or co-op assignment and, in addition to the basic facts (job title, location, company, responsibilities, etc.), he/she lists concrete accomplishments during that assignment and how those accomplishments furthered the project or work. To me this demonstrates that the student understood the impact of his/her work.

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Leadership experience and volunteering are resume gold

Officer positions with student groups while in college, committee leadership or project leadership for non-profit organizations. It shows me that this person brings a lot of potential, not just for the position we are considering them for today, but for the future.

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Emphasize if you worked throughout and paid for college

[A]ny student that has paid a significant portion or all of their tuition by working while attending college always gets my attention.

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Emphasize if you worked throughout and paid for college

I am also impressed with students who have paid a significant part, or all, of their college tuition by working while going to college…That signifies to me that the student has worked hard and earned his/her way.

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