A resume is neither a really long business card, nor a really short autobiography. It’s an advertisement for yourself. A good resume is never a single static document. It should change all the time, depending on whom you are advertising TO and what parts of your background will be most relevant to that person.
The effective resume has one purpose: to get the reader to request a face-to-face meeting in which you can convey your full value.
Entire books, websites, library sections are devoted to the craft of resumes. For English/CW majors who are trying to put together their first resume — either to apply for a job or to have it handy in case a job comes up — we offer three “recipes” that range from easy-but-not-necessarily effective (“the resume kludge”) to hard-but-more-likely-to-advance-you-towards-your-goals (“the resume design”).
Have you been reluctant to develop your resume because you don’t yet have relevant work experience? You can find some advice to get you started here, here, and here.
Recipe 1: The resume kludge. Continue reading
In addition to the suggestions below, “like” the English Advising Facebook page and connect on Twitter so that you can stay abreast of relevant speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities. Also, read your email! The English Advising office sends out frequent updates about jobs and job-hunting events.
Also: if you have questions about ANY of this, email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask. Chances are, if you’re wondering, other people are, too–and you might inspire a helpful follow-up blog post.
Forget everything anyone has ever said to you about the unemployability of English majors. It’s just wrong. The world is full of problems that can only be solved with Continue reading
The fall and winter breaks are a good time to start thinking about the winter and spring career fairs.
- Start getting your resume ready. Yes, you will need one–come talk to Kirstin Wilcox, email@example.com, if you’d like help.
- Learn more about how to find success at a career fair by reading our English//CW Majors’ Guide to Career Fairs.
- Sign up for ENGL 199-MMM: Career and Internship Fair Preparation (online, first eight weeks of spring semester).
Here’s the Winter/Spring Lineup