How to review student resumes

How to review student resumes

Resumes are an important document students need to compete for professional development opportunities. The resume review process often leaves little room for any error or inability to aptly demonstrate ones fit with the opportunity. There is a high level of skill and attention to detail that goes into writing a professional resume. Thus, students will need a lot of support in crafting competitive documents that can secure them an interview.

Helping a student review his/her resume is a crucial role as you have to help them identify mistakes or omissions they may not know to look out for. It is also an opportunity to coach a student to become more aware of what to pay attention to when writing a resume. The resource attached below provides a guide to helping students do this in 3 key steps:

  1. Identifying the opportunity the student is applying for and what skills, strengths, qualifications are required
  2. Reviewing the students resume with an understanding of the opportunity requirements
  3. Giving the student detailed constructive feedback that is easy to follow

Career Planning in your final years of University

Career Planning

In your final year(s) of University

In your final 1-2 years of university, your goal is to compete for full time opportunities. Thus, your final years are the most defining period for taking those final finishing steps to make a smooth transition from school to the world of work. This stage, if not well planned, can feel overwhelming and intimidating. Thus, if you are in your final years of university the downloadable resource below. The resource contains checklists for navigating your senior year, that serve as a compass in your senior year to set yourself up for success. This includes checklists for updating your application documents (CV and Cover Letter) and preparing for job interviews.

Career mapping in your second year of university

Career mapping in your second year of university

In your second year of university your goal is to connect with peers and established professionals in your area of interest. Much of the direction you take in your final year(s) of university would depend on your understanding of the field you want to go into and what it entails to successfully secure an opportunity in that field.

 

This is also the best time to start building intentional professional relationships because you are more established as a student but do not have to deal with the pressure that comes in your final years. If you are curious about how to start doing this, the resource attached below, will guide you on how to

  1. Tap into your existing networks and grow your professional contacts
  2. Reach out to cold contacts for an initial conversation
  3. Prepare for and follow up from your first conversation with new professional contacts

Career mapping in your first year of university

Career mapping in your first year of university

Congratulations! You have completed a milestone in your academic journey and are now starting University. At this stage, your focus should be exploring potential career paths and clarifying your professional interests. You want to go into your second year of university with clarity on the types of opportunities you intend to pursue. Contrary to popular belief, your career does not start only when you graduate. In fact your entire journey through university lays the foundation for growth in the early, mid and more mature stages of your career. In your first year of university you have the advantage of taking these steps early so your subsequent years are easier and stress free. If you are anxious about how to get started, the workbook attached below will serve as a guide to help you :

  1. Ask the right questions that increase your awareness of your strengths and interests
  2. Set goals that establish type of opportunities you want and will thrive in
  3. Carry out research that helps you better understand your options