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The Daily created a fake resume for the
experts from the University's Career
Center to review. Each expert looked at
the resume through a difterent lens. They
marked it up and gave it hack to us. Here
are some highlights from their comments.
Compiled and edited
by Mike Dolsen, Daily Staff

Coordinator, Career consultant Peer adviser
Experiential .Non-profit Private sector
LearningServices perspective perspective

Navigating the recruiting maze
A Career Center peer adviser lays out the path to getting hired

Meesh I. Gan DG:nIf5you only have oneg
address, phone number and
Address 1000 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 clubicddeshych g
Phone 734.647.7000 Email meeshigan@umich.edu -
GH: It may make sense to
include relevant coursework, EDUCATION University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
especially if the position calls Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Expected graduation: May 2009
for certain skills.-- GPA: 3.51/4.0
GH: Remove high school info.
Andover High School, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Employers are more interested
Graduated June 2005. what you've done in college.
Member of varsity football and hockey teams, National Honor Society and
yearbook club

WORK Public Relations Inc., New York, N.Y.

May 2008 - Aug. 2008

DM: Good start. Each descrip- * Proofread and edited written work
tion should tell the reader what " Researched and compiled comprehensive research reports, then
you did, how you did it, and presented them to clients
what were the results. * Wrote press releases and correspondence
* Created detailed media reports
e Performed database work
Auto supplier Inc., Troy, Mich. May 2007 - Aug. 2t
Business development intern
" Worked with the company's finance staff to develop new tools f
GH: I might edit the format. analyzing the true costs of plant downtime.
Too much white space. You * Gathered data from analyst reports that formed the basis for the
could use the room to expand company's market projections.
on other points. * Monitored media reports for news about competitors and

JM: For a non-profit, think
about incorporating leadership
skills, organization/coordinat-
ing skills and communication/
people skills.
GH: Did these new tools bring
about any results?


Special to theDaily
For most graduating seniors the
fun of football season brings with it
For most business-oriented folks
the search is well underway and for
others the search is justbeginning.
As I see it, the job search has
three general stages that gener-
ally start at this time of year. The
first step is researching employers,
which includes attending job fairs,
checking online job boards and
using social connections (i.e. net-
working) to find out what jobs are
available. There are many resourc-
es online and on-campus-check
out the Career Center Connecter
at www.careercenter.umich.edu
to start-that you can use to begin
this part of the search. After that
comes the preparation and submis-
sion of resumes, cover letters and
interviews. Finally, accept offers
and head to your favorite campus
establishment to celebrate.
Here are a few tips to think about
while starting, continuing and fin-
ishing the search for a full-time job
(or internship)..
1. Get started early and use all
the resources that are available.
Websites such as www.idealist.org,
www.indeed.com, and www.usa-
jobs.gov are three general sites that
have hundreds of postings. Also
consider industry-specific career
resources, which useful to get a
rundown of the types of jobs that
are available. In addition, many
companies have an "about us" or
"careers" section on their web-
site that you can use to explore
opportunities. Talk to every
aunt, neighbor and alumnus you
can about career opportunities
in fields that you are interested
in. Even if they do not have a
job to offer, they can offer valu-
able insight into their industry.
For finding opportunities for
informational interviewing try
visiting the Alumni Associa-
tion's website and using InCircle,
a Facebook for the Wolverine
2.Job postings containvalu-
able information. This may
seem obvious, but the job post-
ing will contain precise language
about the employer's application
process so be sure to follow the
instructions fully and accurately.
More importantly though, read
them carefully to find the essence
of what an employer is looking

for in candidates. More than likely,
the posting will have a theme that
can be matched in resumes, cover
letters and interviews.
For example, if a job posting men-
tions "analysis" 4-5 times, be sure
to emphasize that summer intern-
ship which required writing weekly
research reports. Wondering about
what an employer wants? The first
place to look is their posting.
3. Interacting directly with
employers is an opportunity to
make a good impression. When
communicating with employers be
su re to be nrofessionnal in lan non az

searchers who do not maintain
professional conduct severely
hurt their chances at landing a
job. So be sure to practice your
30-second "elevator speech",
dress professionally, be excited
and use office-appropriate lan-
This idea also extends to writ-
ten correspondence with employ-
ers. Proofread before sending any
e-mails and make sure that any
communication you have with
employers is brief and relevant.
Don't forget to send an e-mail

following up if you have a nice con-
versation at the job fair or after an
interview. Handwritten thank-
you notes go a long way, too. Good
impressions at the job-fair and at
corporate presentations start with
a good handshake.
4. For most job seekers,
resumes are the first order of
Use relevant details that extend
your achievements beyond day-to-
day duties. Try to include informa-
tion about how you accomplished
something in your student-organi-
zation or what impact you had on
the company.
Think of it like a fruit basket.
The "basket" is the story that holds
your accomplishments together;
the "fruit" is the relevant details
PHOTO ILLUsTrATONs BY MAX COLLIN/Dy that show something really inter-
esting about you or what you have
and dress. Indeed, prospective job achieved.

For example: "Wrote reports
after analyzing survey data and
interviewing experts, decreasing
costs by 10%". The "wrote articles"
part is the basket and the "analyz-
ing survey data" part is the fruit.
Embrace the fruit on your resume
while minimizingthe basket.
5. Remember that the job
search can be long and frustrat-
ing, but keep with it. With enough
time and effort, somethingis bound
to happen. If you need help seek it
out. A great title to borrow fromthe
library is What Color is your Para-
Also, be sure to contact the cam-
pus Career Center or the career
services office of your college and
speak with an adviser about any
career related topics.
LSA senior Neil Tambe is a
Career Center Peer Adviser

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ain Street Restaurant, Ann Arbor, Mich Sept. 2007 - Present

DM: I want to see some
descriptions of these amazing
experiences. It doesn't matter
that they are not "jobs." You
learn valuable skills from them
that employers long for.

- Waited on up to 10 tables each night in a busy, upscale restaurant. periods. o
e Worked three nights per week while taking classes.
e Helped develop a new server training program
CAMPUS Marketing chair, Michigan Economics Society
INVOLVE Social chair, Alpha Theta Tau fraternity
DM: Maybe a *brief* descrip-
AWARDS Michigan Education Achievement Program Scholarship, 2005 tion of what this is for.
William J. Branstrom Prize, 2006
SKILLS Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, fluent Spanish speaker
INTERESTS Michigan football, traveling, reading and art.
GH: Not necessary. OR think
about how you can frame it for
the position. I.e. "local politics,
environmental issues" etc.

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