My Poor Resume

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As you have seen from my last two post, I have become consumed with perfecting my resume. Now I know that it wasn’t the best copy I had, but I thought it was pretty close. Oh how I was wrong.

In my writing class, we discussed resumes and cover letters. The lecture was helpful, but the handouts were more informational. It gave me something to compare my résumé to, something to model my résumé after.

What was wrong with my résumé (and maybe yours too)

  1. Too many words: I thought I cut the words down significantly, but there was still too many
  2. Lacked action words: I tried using complete sentences (see first point). Action words are used when describing work experience.
  3. Format was ALL wrong: Well it wasn’t completely wrong, it just need some cleaning up. Too much white space in some areas, and not enough in other areas. I should have combined sections.
  4. Not enough of my identity: My professor’s says having some type of style will make you stand out. I’m still working on this, but I hope my QR code and new heading will help.

Tell me what you think of my old resume and my new resume. I think it’s an improvement, but what do you think?

Old Resume: Michaela Williams Resume

New Resume: Michaela Williams Resume

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Revamping My Resume: QR Code

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I am at that stage in my college career where internships become more important than my diploma. Yes an education is important, but in today’s economy an education can only get you so far. It’s all about experience. To get that experience you must have an internship.

So I’m currently applying and I was looking at my résumé and it just looked average. I said to myself, “Everyone who is applying for this internship will have a résumé, what will make ME stand out.”  unfortunately, I did not have an answer. After thinking about it for a few days, it kept me up all night, it dawned on me. I could add a QR code to my résumé linking my potential boss to my portfolio, or my LinkedIn account, of my blog.

What’s a QR code you ask? It’s those boxy bar codes you see everywhere like on posters or products. A person can download an app on his phone, scan the code, and automatically be sent to a webpage or receive contact information.

street qr code

Right away I got on Google, found me a QR generator, and created my personal code. Right now it’s only connects to my portfolio, but it opens a world of possibilities.  I hope this and a few other things I do to my résumé will help is stick out in a crowd. 

I wonder what else I could use a QR code for? Got any ideas, let me know!

Until next time,

Michaela