Preparation key to successful resumes

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Most college students in the U.S. either don’t have a resume or are unsure about their current one, according to an online poll conducted by Collegegrad.com.

Nearly 600 students participated in the poll, which showed 46 percent of those surveyed need help with their resumes and nearly 24 percent do not have one at all.

Adeola Ogunwole, spokeswoman for Collegegrad.com, said she thinks the results are representative of all college students pursuing employment.

And with spring commencement just one month away, many graduating seniors are realizing the implications of entering the real world job market.

“The resume will not get you the job, but you won’t get the job without it,” Ogunwole said in a press release.

Collegegrad.com decided to conduct this poll based on the amount of people using the need-resume-help functions and intends on conducting the poll annually, she said.

Ogunwole recommends students review their resume, send it to family and friends, then look over the resume one more time before sending it to prospective employers.

“It’s not about how much time a person spends on their resume, as it is in the process they use,” Ogunwole said.

But preparation is one of the least acquired skills of graduates who have become accustomed to cramming and other last-minute activities.

And student procrastination goes from academic preparation right into resume planning. Career Services experiences a surge right before graduation.

While resume help is the most popular service offered by Career Services at UNF, many students fail to take advantage of the service, said Vivian Senior, associate director of Career Services.

Senior encourages students interested in resume help to schedule an appointment to speak with a staff member.

“I intend to participate in an internship and need to build a nice resume,” said Michael Burgess, a junior political science major. “I think Career Services will offer me help I can’t find anywhere else.”

CAREER SERVICES

• Career Services is located in Building 2, room 2039
• The center has a daily staff that is supplemented by three peer advisers to help students with their resumes.
• The most popular service offered by Career Services at UNF is resume help.

Source: Vivian Senior

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