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Sample resumeHave you been unable to get that foot-in-the-door interview, even though you sent your "perfectly acceptable" resume? Here are some terrific tips to avoid from LinkedIn guru Philip Chesney, a product manager at Alef Education.

1. Are you local? Most employers would generally prefer to hire someone who does not have to upend his or her life to start a job.

2. Are you authorized to work in the USA? There's a lot of red tape to cut through, otherwise. Find out which employers can handle the challenge.

3. Do you meet at least 70% of the minimum requirements of the posted job? Maybe you are not a perfect fit, but you need to meet most of the qualifications.

4. Do you have large unexplained employment gaps? If so, make sure you note classes you were taking or something you were doing during the gaps.

5. Are there too many short stays at previous jobs noted on your resume? If so, do you really need to mention all those jobs of short duration?

6. Did you take the time to actually name your resume correctly? Like, "Bill Smith Resume"

7. Have you carefully checked for spelling and grammar? Try to get a faculty member's eyes on your resume before it's sent out.

8. Have you formatted your resume for clarity, interest and priorities? Some kind of design will set you apart.

9. Is your resume too long? For anyone entering the job market, a concise one-page resume is the way to go.

10. Does your work and study experience actually match the job description?

11. Is your salary requirement in line with what sites like Glassdoor suggest? Or is your ask way out of the ballpark?

Take some time to get that resume in good shape for the job hunt this fall!

LinkedIn logoFrom LinkedIn content strategist Shanee Moret -- some terrific words of hiring wisdom that includes advice for job seekers as well:

"We hired a Gen-Z candidate with zero experience. Here’s why...

They arrived 10 min early for their morning interview (respect ✊), pronounced my name correctly (major kudos), had a firm handshake, dressed sharp, and brought a hard copy of their resume (I didn’t need it).

During the interview they smiled, made eye contact, and were honest about having zero experience (I value honesty).

They asked me questions and were eager to learn!

To all the hiring decision makers out there, don’t disqualify someone because they don’t have 'experience.'

If the candidate has integrity and a desire to learn, they can develop skills and experience with your guidance.

More 'experience' does not guarantee a harder work ethic or a better fit.

Sometimes the Gen-Z or Millennial person with little to no experience- who is grateful just for the opportunity- is the better fit because they are humble and hungry to learn.

All they need is for someone to give them a chance to prove their ability, regardless of their lack of experience."

 

NonprofitsIt's not too surprising to see how many Business Communication majors are currently working in the nonprofit sector after graduation. The benefits of such a job are many, including trust in the leadership of the organization, the feeling of being valued,  treatment like a person with worth and ability, and the chance to be creative while wearing a variety of hats. Let's take a look at a few of the nonprofits where our grads are working.

Lauren Humphries - LUNGevity Foundation, community engagement
Lauren Novsak - Business Volunteers Maryland, nonprofit service coordinator
Rachel Guzman Ricketts-Uy - American Heart Association, director of development, Heart Walk
Samantha Hauf Vehslage - Towson State University, marketing and communication
Nick Farano - Prevention of Blindness Society, development and marketing
Alyssa Dahle - Stevenson University, communication enrollment management
Katie Peterson Welsh - Community College of Baltimore County, student life
Mimi Bory Tinkler - University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Foundation
Michelle Larkin - Rollins College, integrated marketing
Rachel Reid - Calhoun State Community College, work-based learning
Hannah Rill Sturgill - Carroll Hospital, development and annual funds
Katie Amos Remenapp - American Heart Association, development
Maura Kovalcik Winebrenner - Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, brand marketing
Megan McSwain - Baltimore Area Heritage Association, outreach
Chrissy Fabiszak Hoffman - Community College of Baltimore County, office of the campus director
Lori Elgert Fabiano - St. Agnes Hospital, human resources
Emily Rosenthal Alster - St. John Catholic Parish and School, communications

 

Krystal Alexis in career videoBusiness Communication senior Krystal Alexis had a starring role in the latest Career Mentoring video from the Career Connection office. The program brings potential mentors to campus, linking them with students searching for guidance from an established professional. Students and mentors alike explained the value of the program in this video. You can see the entire video here.
 
 
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