Never Underestimate the Power of a Good Resume

When looking for a higher ed job, it is important not to overlook a well written resume, which can help you rise to the top of the applicant pool. With an average of more than 200 applicants for every posted position, hiring managers spend less than 5 seconds reviewing each resume. Make sure yours is one that catches their attention.

A chronological resume is your best hope for moving forward in the process. Reviewers want to be able to look at your job history and see at a glance if you have the desired background. Functional resumes, which are organized by skill rather than chronologically, make your job history too hard to discern, and the reviewer will move to the next resume.

Job Objectives are space wasters, and the reviewers seldom look at them. Put your job objective in your cover letter.

The most important part of your resume is your job history. This is where the reviewer will read to find out what you have done in the past and how it is relevant to university employment. Sadly, many candidates appear to cut and paste their job descriptions when listing their job history, missing a terrific opportunity to show what they have achieved in the past.

So for each job, give a quick list of your duties, then give bullet points with your successes. If your end of course evaluations were consistently high, provide the scores. If students attending your alcohol education programs had fewer alcohol violations than those who didn’t, say so. Give concrete, quantitative examples of what you have done in the past, and make the resume reviewer think you will do so again in the future. Such examples will make your resume stand out and help you get an interview for the university job of choice.

Dindy Robinson has many years of human resources experience in higher education institutions.

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