Normally we write the Game Plan with students in mind… However, this week’s edition is for everyone! Because who couldn’t use a resume refresh in 2020?
In this week’s issue:
5 Resume Writing Tips to Land That Dream Job
MELT U Alumni Spotlight Featuring Elizabeth Feiber
Special Edition of the MELTDOWN with Eric Jackson
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5 Resume Writing Tips to Land That Dream Job
1. Put the Best Stuff “Above the Fold.”
In resume speak, it means you should make sure your best experiences and accomplishments are visible on the top third of your resume. This top section is what the employer will see first—and what will serve as a hook for someone to keep on reading. So focus on putting your best, most relevant experiences first—and then check out these five other marketing tricks to get your resume noticed.
2. Keep it to a Page
The two- (or more!) page resume is a hotly debated topic, but the bottom line is this—you want the information here to be concise, and making yourself keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. But if you can tell the same story in less space? Do. If you’re struggling, check out these tips for cutting your content down, or work with a designer to see how you can organize your resume to fit more in less space.
3. Mix Up Your Word Use
If every bullet in your resume starts with “Responsible for,” readers will get bored very quickly. Keep thesaurus.com at the ready.
4. Kill the Short-Term Jobs
If you stayed at a (non-temporary) job for only a matter of months, consider eliminating it from your resume. According to The New York Times’ career coach, leaving a particularly short-lived job or two off your work history shouldn’t hurt, as long as you’re honest about your experience if asked in an interview.
5.Strut Your Stuff
Do include awards and accolades you’ve received, even if they’re company-specific awards. Just state what you earned them for, e.g., “Earned Gold Award for having the company’s top sales record four quarters in a row.” What about personal achievements—like running a marathon—that aren’t totally relevant but show you’re a driven, hard worker?
BONUS TIP: Order Your Copy of Build Brand You
Build Brand You: Insights For Pursuing Your Dreams by MELT CEO Vince Thompson is a step-by-step guide to building the network, the résumé, and?most importantly?the mindset you need to stand out from the competition and win the job you want. Pre-orders are available now on Amazon!
MELT U PODCASTS THIS WEEK
Catch up on all of the MELT U Podcasts here – new podcasts posted bi-weekly on Spotify and iTunes!
MELT U Episode #64:
Erica Tuggle has been the Brand Director for The Coca-Cola Company since May of 2018. As Brand Director, Erica develops strategy and growth agenda for core business with a focus on consumer retention. She attended NYU’s Stern School of Business as an undergrad and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. LISTEN HERE
MELT U Episode #63:
Matt Wolff is the Founder and CEO of Ticket Time Machine. Ticket Time Machine™ is an Entertainment company that specializes in souvenir tickets/credentials for events. They help enhance the fan experience by giving them something to commemorate their memories. Matt graduated from The University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. LISTEN HERE
MELT U ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Elizabeth Feiber
Elizabeth graduated from the MELT U Class of 2019. After her internship, Elizabeth accepted an offer with PwC in their Audit/Assurance practice and is currently getting her masters in accounting at Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. Elizabeth says, “MELT U helped build a network not only with the speakers with successful careers, but it helped also build a network with my fellow interns.”
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Weekly Web series on YouTube hosted by Vince Thompson, covering the business of professional sports and college sports
MELT U WEEKEND READING LIST
Expand your horizons with our curated collection of helpful articles, videos, and other essential recommendations.
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Tuesday 11/17: UGA PRSSA Virtual ZOOM
Book a live or virtual keynote or training session with Vince Thompson, MELT Founder and CEO! Hear from Vince on a variety of topics such as career development skills, student-athlete branding, collegiate sports marketing, and more! LEARN MORE
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