University Career Center

If I come in for a Presentation appointment how does The Career Center critique my resume?
Here at The Career Center we conduct 1,000s of resume appointments every year. Given how well known we are for resumes you may think when you come in for a Presentation appointment we take your resume, get out our red pens, and write all over it. Actually our process is much different than that. As much as you may think of us as the “resume experts” you are the expert about you; and ultimately since a resume is a reflection of you and your story we follow your lead on what to include or not include.

The Process
When you come into The Career Center for a Presentation appointment we typically won’t start by reading and writing on your resume. Rather we will start by asking you poignant questions about you. What are you good at? What have you learned about yourself through the experiences you’ve had? What do you want employers or grad schools or faculty or other members of your community to know about you? What do you value? Then we’ll mutually review your resume exploring how much or little the story you want to tell is reflected in the document itself. We will share with you feedback on common strategies for resume writing and design, we certainly will show you samples of strong "bullet plus" points and resumes, we will even brainstorm with you on the writing in your resume, your use of active verbs, headings, and design. Once we have collaborated on your resume we will support you in deciding what to include (or not), how to order experiences and sections, the design you like best, etc. These decisions are yours because we are committed to helping you uncover and present your story in a genuine and authentic way. Not only does this make for a strong resume, it also provides a launch pad for other components of presentation like interviewing.

Remember the Resume is part of Presentation
We observe students spending a lot of time on their resumes. Although we recognize a strong resume is a valuable tool in your presentation arsenal it is just that, a tool. A resume in and of itself is not going to get you an internship or job, or into grad school, med school, law school, etc. Rather a strong resume that is a true reflection of your professional story coupled with other consistently strong presentation elements in e-mails, cover letters, on the phone, in interviews, at career expo, etc. will increase the likelihood of career success. Come see us for a Presentation appointment and let’s work as partners in crafting YOUR resume and presentation strategy.