In Our June, 2017 Issue:

Writing a Winning Resume


How can col­lege stu­dents and grad­u­ates impress employ­ers and get hired for their dream job? Resumes and net­work­ing are the answers

Resumes are often the first thing a prospec­tive employer sees from a job appli­cant. These one-​page doc­u­ments have the power to land you an inter­view— or get you tossed into the rejec­tion pile.

With so much rest­ing on your resume, how can you write one that will impress your employer and get you an interview?

Resume Resources

Resume Drop-​in Sessions

Wednes­days, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library and Learn­ing Cen­ter, St. Paul campu

No RSVP needed. Bring paper or elec­tronic draft of your resume. Offered by Career Cen­ter and the Cen­ter for Aca­d­e­mic Excel­lence (CAE).

One-​on-​One Resume Reviews

Sched­ule per­sonal appoint­ment by email­ing

More tips from the Metro State Career Center


Ele­gance is Everything

Holis­ti­cally, when I first look at a resume, I think the first impres­sion is impor­tant,” said Met­ro­pol­i­tan State pro­fes­sor Quan Zhou, who teaches WRIT 372 Doc­u­ment and Infor­ma­tion Design. “It tells you some­thing about this per­son. Some resumes are clut­tered; other resumes are elegant.

Resumes give employ­ers a peek into your lifestyle and per­son­al­ity. As a job can­di­date, you have total con­trol over what that employer sees.

Use clear writ­ing to empha­size your strengths. Resumes should lay out your accom­plish­ments and skills. Hir­ing man­agers do not want to have any ques­tions about your qualifications

Your resume should respond to what they are look­ing for in their job adver­tise­ment,” said Zhou. “Don’t describe your expe­ri­ence in a plain way. Think in terms of accom­plish­ments. Give peo­ple mea­sur­able things like data, num­bers and progress. When you write your resume, you should think about what value you present to your employer.

State Your Skills

Not show­ing your value clearly in your resume is the biggest mis­take you can make, accord­ing to Metro State human resources recruiter Michele Chilin­ski. “Peo­ple leave out skills that they have,” she said

Chilin­ski can receive any­where from a dozen to hun­dreds of appli­ca­tions for a sin­gle posi­tion. She must sift through them in a short period. If an appli­cant hasn’t clearly listed their skills on their resume, they will be rejected.

Because of this, she rec­om­mends that stu­dents clearly state their skills. The best way to do this is to take the qual­i­fi­ca­tions from a job descrip­tion and match them to skills listed in your resume, she said. This action will help dis­pel any con­fu­sion about whether an appli­cant has the min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the job

Write short and sim­ple resumes, but pro­vide enough infor­ma­tion,” Chilin­ski said. She also rec­om­mends that stu­dents use large and clear type­faces, but refrain from adding a pho­to­graph of yourself.

Many cor­po­ra­tions and busi­nesses, includ­ing Metro State, are required to hire a diverse staff. By includ­ing a pic­ture, an appli­cant can actu­ally decrease their chances of get­ting the job

While resumes are essen­tial, per­sonal con­nec­tions are also vital to find­ing a job. “It’s not just about resumes,” said Chilin­ski. “It’s also about networking.

Peo­ple are influ­en­tial and invalu­able in the hir­ing process, Chilin­ski said. Get­ting to know some­one on the inside of an orga­ni­za­tion increases your chances of get­ting an inter­view. It gives you a dis­tinct advan­tage over other applicants.

When the vol­ume of appli­ca­tions for an open posi­tion can be huge, con­nect­ing with some­one inside the orga­ni­za­tion will help you stand out from other candidates

Zhou and Chilinski’s advice chan­nels a quote attrib­uted to famed writer Ernest Hem­ing­way: “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and sim­plest way.”

Make that your goal when craft­ing your resume. A well-​written resume — and a person-​to-​person con­nec­tion — will launch you ahead of other applicants