PTN College Edition: Resume Tips

Okay, since I haven’t done any PTN College Tips in a while and my part time position is mainly editing resumes for a staffing agency, I figured I’d put those two together and make a post about resumes!

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Everyone wants their resume to stand out when they’re applying for a job. I mean, you kind of have to look different in some ways to catch the recruiters’ eyes and all. But some people take it a bit too far. I’ve been dealing with a lot of technical resumes, which can get pretty long and monotonous after a while. But here are my top tips for resumes.

Note: When you submit your resumes to a staffing company for a position, most likely they have a set format each resume has to follow. Meaning that anything you do to your resume to make it “stand out” doesn’t matter since they have to re-do it to make it look like every other resume their company submits. (aka, this is my job)

Format:

1. Colors are not something you should really be playing around with. I’ve come across resumes in navy blue, lavender, etc. They’re not going to make a difference. If anything, they’re a bit annoying. Especially if you’re submitting through a staffing agency. Also, if you’re submitting through an online form and you think that hiding key words in white will help you out, when the program goes through your resume it will highlight what’s written, meaning all of your hidden key words are no longer hidden, making it look a bit stupid.

2. Please, stick with one column. I don’t know why this has become a thing now, but I’ve come across far too many resumes that use two columns. I don’t get the appeal and it can even make the resume more complicated to understand. Seriously, simple is the best way to go.

3. Stick with basic fonts. Again, this is going along with the KISS method (keep it simple, stupid). If your resume isn’t being looked at by a human, it’s just getting thrown in some program and getting analyzed. Arial and Times New Roman are classics.

4. Don’t use tables. For the love of all things, don’t use tables. Especially if you’re submitting online. Most programs can’t read tables and just skip over it. So anything you put in the table may not even be read. The only way I can see tables being useful is if you’re converting your word document to PDF or you’re printing it out to hand in a physical copy.

5. Bullet points are your friend.  It makes it easier to see all the information clearly. Paragraphs aren’t really necessary in a resume. Use a few sentences to describe a job position if necessary.

6. Don’t write in first person!! Your resume should be in third person. There shouldn’t be any ‘I’s or ‘my’s anywhere!

Content:

  • Not every resume you hand in should be tailored to the specific info in the job description, but have a few different resumes for different types of jobs. For example, I have one for office positions and one for more media/journalistic positions. Each highlights the skills I have for the specific areas. But definitely consider tweaking some keywords if you really like a position and want a better shot of getting through to a person.
  • You don’t need every job you’ve ever done ever. I’ve come across this more with the technical resumes. The average length of some of them is about 5-6 pages. I’ve had a few come in at 10-14 pages. If you’ve had the same type of position at a couple of different jobs, there’s no real reason to have them all down.
  • On that note, you don’t need to put every single thing you’ve done at the job on your resume. The average resume for a college grad should be 1-2 pages. If you did a lot of different roles at a position, try and narrow it down to the core duties.
  • Volunteer work isn’t really necessary. Unless you happen to have a steady volunteer position (I definitely add my MMM position to my resume) or you have a gap between employment.
  • You don’t need to add everything you’ve ever accomplished. I was looking through a resume for an IT position and the guy had put down that he’s a certified umpire. That’s great, but really doesn’t do anything to help getting an IT job.
  • GPAs aren’t really necessary either. If you graduated cum laude or the like, you can put that if you want, but most people tend to look for you having a degree, not if you were the top in your class. (Note: this totally changes job to job. If you’re in a field where GPAs are taken seriously, then by all means, but it down. It’s just for your basic entry-level position, they don’t really care too much.

Tips:

 Send your resume through spell check/ grammar check. There’s nothing worse than having a kick ass resume with grammatical errors

Have a friend look it over to make sure nothing seems out of place. You may have a preference for a way something looks but it just doesn’t sit right with others.

Make sure you save the document with your name in it. Whoever is looking at your resume needs a way to differentiate yours from the hundreds of others they’ve received.

PTN Update

So I’ve been pretty silent the past few weeks, and I apologize for that. Basketball completely took over my life.

First I went with the Uha Pep Band to the campus of UAlbany for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. So I was running around trying to play drums, take pictures, meet new people and not screw up on national television. We went to a Dave and Buster’s which was cool since the only other time I went we just went to eat. I was a bit upset because I totally rocked at this one game and it didn’t register my score and definitely didn’t give me the appropriate tickets. I ended up getting a shot glass at the gift shop because that’s all that was worth while and something I could afford.

If this looks familiar, it’s because it was on Reddit =)

After the tournament I drove to Stony Brook to cover the championship game. It was rough seeing Hartford lose in the semis, but it was a great game and the men did what they could. What I was happy to see was Albany beating Stony Brook on their home court. Sorry, SB, but sometimes you just bother me. Got to meet some of the players, take pictures and feel like a real media person!

Not bad for a 5am wakeup call

They managed to spell my last name wrong even though I had to enter it so many times in the filing…

Back to Back Champions and some of the nicest guys I’ve met!

 Then of course came the NCAA Tournament. I did pretty okay until UConn upset Florida. But I still ended the bracket with an 86.6% on ESPN.com.

Oh, and I totally got a part time job. It’s not the best paying job, but I really like the atmosphere and the people I work with. Which is the complete opposite of the last temp job I had. Today was one of my coworker’s birthday, so we had cake and the owner bought her some presents! Free cake!

 I’m also in the process of downsizing. Due to all the financial strains, my storage unit has to come to and end… Which  means I’ve been sorting through stuff I haven’t seen since my childhood and donating sooo many things to Goodwill. Hopefully someone will get use out of my old stuff.

 So that’s it. My life went from being boring to at least partially exciting within a month!

 I’m also going to apply for this fellowship with America East. It fits in with the social media and sports thing I like to do and it would pay much more than the part time job (duh) but I’d have to relocate to the Boston area and I don’t know if I’d be ready for that.

Haters Gonna Hate

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I had a bit of a realization the other day and finally truly started to believe “fuck the haters”. I love working with the pep band and writing about America East basketball so there’s no reason I should feel ashamed about it.

I know that not everyone will like me, and I’m okay with that. There are people I don’t particularly like, and that’s fine. I’m just more inclined to be professional about the situation and not be openly rude around them. I’ll disregard my personal opinions on a person if we have to work together. How does making drama help the situation?

There have been whispers and such about how I should move on with my life and stop doing pep band and such. What these people don’t seem to understand is that when you finally graduate, are living on your own with bills to pay and you don’t have any real source of income, you’ll go just about anywhere for a paycheck. Pep band is that paycheck for me.

Athletics and being in the band has opened up so many doors I never thought existed. Never would I have thought even a year or two ago that I would be covering the conference for a well known website. I’ve made great connections through being involved with athletics that pretty much includes just about every important person involved there. That’s not being attached to the school, that’s smart networking.

But even if I am attached, what’s wrong with that? I have a love for something and I want to see it grow to its fullest potential.

If they didn’t want me there, they probably shouldn’t have given me a service award last year.

I mean, I just wrote an update about how an article I wrote has blown up so much that the school involved made a freaking t-shirt because of it.

Seriously, I made this t-shirt happen

Being part of the band gives me free access to our home games and the tournament. I have free range to take my photos, go to the press conferences and be a true member of the media. I’m completely fine with being paid to play drums, take photos and still have the ability to still be a journalist.

I get to do what I love and get paid for it, even if it’s very little.

So people who think I should get on with my life or call me a bitch or whatever, I’d like to see what they do once they graduate. I don’t have the option to move home with my parents. They’re in the middle of their own financial crisis. I’ve practically used all of my savings at this point so I’m about a month away from being royally screwed.

Driving home from Vermont last weekend, for the first time I had the thoughts of “I really don’t care what they think. I’m doing what I love and making friends and connections along the way” and actually believed it.

I’ve always been the type of person to care what others think. I know, not the best but I can’t help it. It’s how I ended up after an interesting childhood. So actually believing those words was a huge step.

I blame my empathy for part of this. I can be pretty in tune with the emotional atmosphere around me, which at times makes me incredibly uncomfortable. Someone else can do something slightly awkward or embarrassing and I’ll cringe so hard on the inside.

The best way to deal with the haters is to not let them bother me. I’m going to keep doing what I enjoy doing and be happy about it.

PTN Update

So my life’s been a bit crazy in the past week! I wrote an article for Mid Major Madness about the 10 Sexiest College Basketball Coaches and it’s pretty much exploded!

There are articles about my article, it’s gotten so many shares, and apparently became one of the most viewed posts the site has had… ever. So that’s incredibly cool.

Check out a news report a local station did about it:

I made it through an interview with ESPN 1570 out in South Dakota without failing too bad. I was a nervous wreck on the phone with him, but apparently it sounded good.

Then this happened:

I think a school just made t-shirts because of my article… WHAT!?!?!

This is real life, right? I’m not in some crazy dream where things start to go my way? Ridiculous.

Only three more regular basketball games until the tournament. How it became the end of February so fast, I’ll never know. I’m spending the day “unfucking my habitat”. Check it out.

I plan on writing an actual post soon, so stay tuned!

1200 Calories

Originally posted on Sophieologie:

I don’t know why “1200″ managed to be the magic number of calories women should consume if they want to lose weight.

I don’t even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1200 a day and do cardio. I don’t know how it got in to all of our collective brains, but somehow it did (if any ladies remember how or when they first heard the 1200-calorie rule-of-thumb for losing weight, please let me know via comment box).

What I do know is that 1200 is the general number of calories health professionals say women cannot drop below without suffering negative health consequences.

Interesting, isn’t it? 1200 calories. The…

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Snow

I woke up somewhere between 2-2:30am, unable to go back to sleep. I blame this on my lack of sleeping schedule and resent stressors. So I played some games on my phone for a bit, but occasionally checking out the window to see if it started snowing yet.

Everyone’s been hyped about this snow storm since yesterday. Most of my teacher friends were given a snow day before it even started snowing. Man, I wish that happened to me as a kid.

Anyway…

Despite refusing to put my glasses on, since I feel if I put my glasses on I’m one step further to actually waking up, and squinting to see the screen of my phone, I felt something I haven’t felt in a very long time. Even if it were for a brief moment, I was almost calm.

Now, having not eaten properly yesterday because I felt sick and was in a rotation of naps and netflix, I was hungry. As I walked down the stairs I noticed it had started snowing. It must have started closer to 4am since there wasn’t much on the ground. But when I looked out the window as I waited for my toast to pop, I was happy.

With my recent predicament I’ve been researching ways to get myself out of this rut I’m in. It’s hard to apply to jobs if you’ve been unemployed for so long and don’t get a bite. It’s also hard to do anything when you have only one months rent left in your bank account.  So needless to say, I’ve worrying a lot more than usual.

It was honestly beautiful. I know it’s just snow, but for once it wasn’t windy or storming with it. The snow was  just lightly falling into place.

I went outside to try and take a picture to capture the moment, but I guess it’s one of those moments I’ll have to remember. I first tried my phone since I didn’t want to get out my dslr, but it was too dark and wasn’t fast enough to capture what I was seeing. Same with the dslr. I probably could have fidgeted with it a bit more to try and get a good picture, but I figured it was best left for memory.

Outside was quiet. I forgot how much I loved that quiet. I used to go running at 5:30am every morning my sophomore year of college. It was one of my favorite times of the day simply because I was on a campus that was usually bustling about with something happened almost all the time, and I caught it when it was asleep. It was also a huge difference in noise level since I sleep with a small fan on for white noise and to cool off since I tend to overheat in my sleep. Going from the constant buzz of the fan to absolute silence is wonderful.

It was so quiet outside that I could hear the snow fall. I still have a bit of a smile on my face from that. I thought to myself, “Well, might as well enjoy it now since I have to go out in it later to pick up your meds before Walgreens gets angry at you.”

It seemed cheesy that I was so happy over something like that. I felt like I was stuck in one of those articles I read about stress relief. But I kind of was. I was experiencing one of those small things that you normally let pass without real notice.

I feel like I should have some kind of profound ending, but my being awake with such little sleep is catching up to me and if I continue to try and write, it’ll come out in terrible incomplete sentences.