Week 7 Topic of the Week

March 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm (Comm 2322, Topic Of The Week) (, , )

The most important thing to realize about your resume is that it will never actually get you the job. However, It will hopefully grant you an interview. Getting a foot in the door and the chance to be interviewed is the purpose of your resume. With that said there are some helpful tips available for creating better resumes.

First of all, when creating a resume the software “WInway” can be very helpful tool. Next, while some people say that your resume should never be longer than one page it is ok to go longer if you feel you have some excellent experience that needs to be seen. If not, try to keep it under a page. Next up, it is ok for a recent college grad to list their education before their experience because you probably have not developed a great deal of experience in the field of public relations. However, in the future this will change and you should list your relevant experience first. Also, it is never a good idea to send out hundreds of genetic resumes. Your resume should also be shaped to target that specific position. Always try to look at the job description and use the same words or phases that they are using. However, be careful to never over exaggerate your skills. The truth may find you out and have dangerous consequences. Finally, never under any circumstances should you start a letter with, “To whom it may concern.” This will most likely find your resume in the trash can. Like stated before try to tailor your resume for each specific location.

For some more help check out these great websites concerning buliding public relations resumes-

http://www.resume-resource.com/

http://www.freesampleresumes4u.com/public-relations-resumes/

http://www.resumepower.com/public-relations-resume-tips.html

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5 Comments

  1. meganginger said,

    I was just curious, what the software “Wlnway” was and if it was free or did you have to pay for it? Also, what is it exactly, is it a site where you can plug your information in and then it’ll do the rest of the work for you? That would be really helpful if it was. I really liked how you talked about writing to someone or a specific target group in your resumes, as opposed to a generic title like “To whom it may concern”. Another thing that I never thought of was to look on the specific job description and using similar words from the description in your resume! Great advice, thanks!

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  4. jaredcoats said,

    Megan,

    Unfortunately, the software “Winway” is not free. Here is the website, http://www.winway.com/main3/. From what I can tell, it is like you described, “a site where you can plug your information in and then it’ll do the rest of the work for you.” I have actually never used it for myself. Professor Nixon recommended this software to me for developing resumes. As far as I understand, she actually had something to do with the development of the software. She does to have a great deal of knowledge on the subject. I really learned a great deal from her presentations on this topic.

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