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Are you planning a summer internship or preparing to enter the workforce when you graduate this year? If so, now’s the time to spit polish your resume and get it out there.
Don't wait until spring or, even worse, wait until you've actually graduated before you start sending your resume out to potential employers. Give yourself time to think about your skills and what type of job you're interested in. You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm.
Here are some tips and resources to help ease you into this manic process.
According to Karen Hofferber, a Certified Professional Resume Writer and senior resume writer at ResumePower.com, you can maximize keyword density in your resume by conducting online research.
She suggests you visit major job boards, such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, to discover what keywords are appearing in job descriptions that you’re interested in. Read more about Demystifying keywords: How (and why) to maximize keyword density on your resume. In addition, Karen recommends that you create two different versions of your resume:
Get more advice from Karen in Resume for recruiters vs. resumes for employers: A question of length and 6 steps to developing a great resume.
To get a leg up, create your resume using one of many resume templates available on Office.com. In coordination with Monster.com, Office.com put together a Career Center for Job Seekers that includes entry-level and college student resume templates.
And for more technical advice, here are some great features in Microsoft Word that can help make your resume stand out:
Another thing we should talk about is online submissions. Resume expert Kim Isaacs is currently blogging about resume writing on The Office Blog. In particular, Kim explains why a resume is worth the paper it’s printed on in her blog post Are hard-copy resumes obsolete? For online submissions, you should save your document as a PDF file.
Okay, maybe this is a shameless plug, but let me circle back to the conversation that prompted this blog post: the Microsoft internship program. If your resume is lacking work experience, you should consider applying for an intern position. And not just any internship, a Fortune 100 internship will improve your marketability. Another thing to keep in mind, an internship helps you network inside a company. Once you have your foot in the door, it makes it that much easier to get your resume into the hands of a hiring manager.
Want to see what it’s like to be a Microsoft intern? Take a look at the My Intern Life video series.
Have any advice or questions for fellow resume writers out there? Post a comment and let us know what you’re planning. And if you’re looking for a job, check out the Microsoft Careers Jobs blog.
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