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Write the perfect resume: Including quantitative and qualitative information is key
Kylie Tielke
Antelope Staff
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Resumes include many errors like sentence fragments but enhancements can help land a top priority job.

Objective: Landing the job you want after four years of higher education.

Specialized skills: Writing a perfect resume.

When students begin their job hunts in the peak of their senior year, the resume may be the most important aspect, if not the deal breaker. As the economy slows down and jobs become scarcer, employers are overwhelmed with many applications, which is why avoiding common mistakes and perfecting your resume are so significant.

“A resume is a personal statement about yourself and any recommendations you have about yourself,” said Denise Christensen, career counselor at UNK Career Services.

According to an article in U.S. News and Report, there are five very common resume mistakes. The first mistake is that too many people are writing the same thing. President of jobound.com Brad Karsh notes in the article, “You should be honing in on your very individual accomplishments in the position.”

“You really want to capture who you are in your resume. Here at the career center, we say the top mistakes are typos and confusing information,” Christensen said.  

Common mistakes include not using specific numbers and sentence fragments.

Major to dos: always use an objective statement and always put your college accomplishments front and center.

“There is no perfect resume. Each resume needs to be tailored for each person, their experience and the position they are applying for,” Christensen said. In addition, there are no concrete rules for writing the perfect resume. Every individual must highlight what best explains their skills and their traits.

According to Christensen, another key aspect for a resume recommended by knowledgeable sources is that you indicate quantitative and qualitative information.

“For example, if you wait tables and indicate this on your resume, don’t just say you wait on people each night, say how many, whether it’s 10 or 100,” Christensen said. According to Christensen, numbers speak volumes and can say a
lot about a person’s individual traits.

Other important advice about writing a resume according to Yale Law School: before you write your resume, you must sit down and figure out who you are writing it for. Who is your target audience? Yale Law School advises a resume is a sales tool and should highlight your background and experiences in a way potential employers will find compelling.

 “A resume can always be enhanced. One or two words can make all the difference in a resume,” Christensen said.

The most important piece of advice that Christensen gives is to make sure your e-mail address, phone number and address are correct. She also advises to have several people review your resume before submitting.

“It is best to share it with several people. That way they can look at it with fresh eyes and catch mistakes that maybe you didn’t. After looking at a resume many times, sometimes you do miss small mistakes,” Christensen said.

Christensen suggests setting up an informational interview with a professional in your field and having them look at the resume so they can give feedback.

 “The whole purpose of Career Services is to help students. We consult each other when reviewing resumes, and we keep up on the latest trends, issues and employers,” Christensen said.

For help on creating your perfect resume, contact the Office of Career Services at 865-8501 or visit them online at careers. unk.edu.


Video by Eric Reitcheck
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