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broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 12:32 AM
So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

Thanks guys

wolf754life
02-23-2009, 12:36 AM
dude come on man, this is a bronco fan message board, i mean really.

DBruleU
02-23-2009, 01:09 AM
Don't you have other people in your life that will probably give you more help than a bunch of strangers on a message board?

Dark Helmet
02-23-2009, 01:12 AM
dude come on man, this is a bronco fan message board, i mean really.


I think it's Shanny in disguise. :)

I don't know about the resume' builders but the templates found in Word are very useful. Another thing you should probably look into are standard interview questions that can be found by doing a Google search. They might not be the exact same questions but many companies use similar concepts and getting your mind accustomed to thinking in that fashion will be beneficial to you.

Dark Helmet
02-23-2009, 01:15 AM
Don't you have other people in your life that will probably give you more help than a bunch of strangers on a message board?

This is one of a 1000 other topics that don't coincide with football. However, this one is a little more useful than say...."I punched someone in the neck today."

The more people you ask the better.

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 10:01 AM
dude come on man, this is a bronco fan message board, i mean really.

Cool, thanks for the help! Instead of making dumb comments, just don't click on the thread if you dont want to read it

Kaylore
02-23-2009, 10:02 AM
This is one of a 1000 other topics that don't coincide with football. However, this one is a little more useful than say...."I punched someone in the neck today."

Hilarious! I already love this thread.

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 10:06 AM
I think it's Shanny in disguise. :)

I don't know about the resume' builders but the templates found in Word are very useful. Another thing you should probably look into are standard interview questions that can be found by doing a Google search. They might not be the exact same questions but many companies use similar concepts and getting your mind accustomed to thinking in that fashion will be beneficial to you.

Thank you....at least someone can give an opinion w/out being a jackass. I have Mac, and they also have some templates. Thanks though

Binkythefrog
02-23-2009, 10:18 AM
If you decide to use a pre-made template I would alter it. Literally tens of thousands of people use those templates and recruiters can tell when you've just used a Word template.

You can use them to design your resume, but I recommend against using a Word template.

Also, does your school have a career services office? I am sure they could help.

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 10:42 AM
If you decide to use a pre-made template I would alter it. Literally tens of thousands of people use those templates and recruiters can tell when you've just used a Word template.

You can use them to design your resume, but I recommend against using a Word template.

Also, does your school have a career services office? I am sure they could help.

My school does have a career services dept. I was going to head in there, but i just wanted to get a feel for what people thought outside of the school and my friends and family. thnx

alkemical
02-23-2009, 11:00 AM
Hmmm - I used a template to start - but customized it my way. I also re-write my resume to fit different jobs i'm applying for.

broncocalijohn
02-23-2009, 11:31 AM
Best thing after you give out the resume and get the interview is learn about the company. Interviewers love to hear about the interviewee knowledge of their company as it shows they want to work for them not just any company to get a paycheck. I need to be the jackass and ask if you will be applying at the Oakland Raiders front office? !Booya!

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 11:45 AM
Best thing after you give out the resume and get the interview is learn about the company. Interviewers love to hear about the interviewee knowledge of their company as it shows they want to work for them not just any company to get a paycheck. I need to be the jackass and ask if you will be applying at the Oakland Raiders front office? !Booya!

No, im not, but thanks

theAPAOps5
02-23-2009, 11:51 AM
Go to the Bookstore and drop some cash on a book with examples of successful resumes. Take good parts from all of them then tweak it to fit you. Thats another route if you are wary of online builders.

broncosteven
02-23-2009, 12:14 PM
Go to your local library and get a book that shows how to write a proper resume.

No shortcuts to getting a job these days.

Los Broncos
02-23-2009, 12:19 PM
I used an online builder for mine, worked great.

Tombstone RJ
02-23-2009, 12:20 PM
Go to your local library and get a book that shows how to write a proper resume.

No shortcuts to getting a job these days.

I agree. And while your at it, get a book on writing a good cover letter. Yah, I know, cover letters are not all the rage that they once were because "people just don't have time to read them...."

But, consider this: If your resume happens to be one that they are looking at. And you resume has a cover letter and the other guy's doesn't, well yah, then they'll read your cover letter because they want to know a little more about you.

Sure, your supposed to put a mission statement at the top or your resume. But that is not the same as a cover letter.

Anyhoo, JMHO.

Popps
02-23-2009, 12:22 PM
Don't you have other people in your life that will probably give you more help than a bunch of strangers on a message board?

Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!

theAPAOps5
02-23-2009, 12:33 PM
Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!

QFT

dbfan4life
02-23-2009, 12:36 PM
So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

Thanks guys

Check with your specific college (business, engineering, etc.). There are often career workshops that students can attend for a small fee. Here where I attend, there is a workshop in April that includes a resume workshop, mock interviews, and other job hunting tips. Cost is $10. Often, it's the actual employers donating their time to participate in these workshops so it serves a double purpose in that you get to meet someone who may be interviewing you 'for real' down the road.

Tombstone RJ
02-23-2009, 12:46 PM
Check with your specific college (business, engineering, etc.). There are often career workshops that students can attend for a small fee. Here where I attend, there is a workshop in April that includes a resume workshop, mock interviews, and other job hunting tips. Cost is $10. Often, it's the actual employers donating their time to participate in these workshops so it serves a double purpose in that you get to meet someone who may be interviewing you 'for real' down the road.

Yep, nice suggestion.

Florida_Bronco
02-23-2009, 12:51 PM
Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!

Great post Popps! :thumbs:

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 12:54 PM
Check with your specific college (business, engineering, etc.). There are often career workshops that students can attend for a small fee. Here where I attend, there is a workshop in April that includes a resume workshop, mock interviews, and other job hunting tips. Cost is $10. Often, it's the actual employers donating their time to participate in these workshops so it serves a double purpose in that you get to meet someone who may be interviewing you 'for real' down the road.

Yea, actually I attended some that were free a few weeks ago. It seemed to help, but I am always worried about getting other opinions and examples. I guess I can't worry to much and just start working on narrowing it down. Thanks for the help

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 12:55 PM
Mr. Douche-bag,

Let me help you out.

See, when you take your busy day to insult someone for posting on a message board.... it's only effective if you're not posting on the SAME message board. You follow?

The fact that he's gathering the opinions of "strangers" is called polling a sample group. It's a logical, rational, scientific means for which to amass a wider array of data than just asking someone "at home."

So, let's recap:

1. You're a douche-bag.
2. He's smart, you're not smart.

Let me know if I can be of any further help, and good luck!


Thanks for posting that actually.......I was just trying to get some other opinions, and after being here since '05, I noticed there was some helpful opinions out there.

Thanks again!

Popps
02-23-2009, 01:00 PM
So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

Thanks guys

Interviewers get less caught up in the particulars of resume design than we usually think they do. So, I don't think there are many incorrect templates to use so much as a few things to do... and not do.

I personally like to hit hard up top. I've never been shy about including a sort of bullet-point list of credentials and highlights right up top, and then and then following up with more traditional wording/structure.

Try to think of it as if you were the interviewer, and had to sift through a ton of resumes. You want yours to stand out as much as possible without being too experimental.

Taco John
02-23-2009, 01:18 PM
Hmmm - I used a template to start - but customized it my way. I also re-write my resume to fit different jobs i'm applying for.



This.

theAPAOps5
02-23-2009, 01:25 PM
Colleges usually help soon to be alums with career fulfillment. Many times they have resume workshops. You should check with your Advisor.

broncofan2438
02-23-2009, 01:52 PM
Interviewers get less caught up in the particulars of resume design than we usually think they do. So, I don't think there are many incorrect templates to use so much as a few things to do... and not do.

I personally like to hit hard up top. I've never been shy about including a sort of bullet-point list of credentials and highlights right up top, and then and then following up with more traditional wording/structure.

Try to think of it as if you were the interviewer, and had to sift through a ton of resumes. You want yours to stand out as much as possible without being too experimental.

Cool, thanks, that helps a lot

Atlas
02-23-2009, 06:16 PM
So, I'm graduating in May and I have never really had someone or a program help me build a resume. Does anyone have an opinion on what can help me? I have been randomly looking around online at some resume builder websites, but I'm just not sure what to do.

Thanks guys

Just go to the local workforce and they can help you build a resume for free.

snowspot66
02-23-2009, 07:19 PM
Popps has good advice. The guy looking at your resume? He's likely doing it at the end of the day after he had his secretary whittle the list down to a reasonable number. He wants to go home to his wife and kids or to the motel with his hooker. He doesn't want to read about you and how excited you are at the prospect of working for the company no matter how detail oriented you may claim to be.

In the design industry you basically have a demo reel. It has to be easily accessible, quick to start playing, and all the good stuff has to happen in the first 60 seconds because they probably won't watch it past that unless they REALLY like it.

Treat it like that. Make it so the most impressive and important stuff is right there for them to see and follow it up with whatever else you have. Don't get overly complicated and avoid buzz words. We all hate them. The guy looking at your resume probably hates them too.

ZachKC
02-25-2009, 12:47 AM
I am a little surprised you are graduating in May and just now starting to think about this...

There are a ton of resources at every school to help with stuff like this...take time out and use them it is free and it is filled with people who want to help and know what they are talking about.

A good resume is great but at end of the day be creative seeking out jobs and seeking our relationships that can lead to job opportunities. Network...network...network...

And if nothing else works build your own empire from the ground up.