Professional Resume

Jun 22, 2016
Master Your Master's Degree

The key to surviving a Master’s program is to be smart. This may seem to go without saying: you have to be smart to even get into a Master’s program. That’s true; but, to survive and thrive, you have to be actively smart. What do I mean? First of all, there’s a ton of reading in any Master’s program and it can be overwhelming; it can all start to run together and you may find yourself not being able to remember any of it. The key here is to think ahead. Think about why you have been assigned this reading, what are you expected to get from it, what do you know about it before you even start reading. If you don’t know anything, do a quick search; look up the author, read the abstract or some summaries, look up the title. Having this kind of knowledge will help you actively engage the reading because you won’t just be going into it blind, with no idea what’s going on. Another key to reading success is to pay attention; notice how the reading is set up, notice important bullet points, take note of headings and subheadings. All of these details can further help you read knowledgeably; you’ll know what the author is wanting you to take away from her work. If you’re researching for a thesis, think about what your thesis is before you start reading each new piece of research; actively think about what your argument is, or what your question is. This will allow you to actively notice when parts of the reading apply to your work; you can take notes when the author supports or contradicts your argument, or raises new questions for you. This is the final tip for successful reading: take notes. Don’t copy everything verbatim; but do take notes that will help you. If you have a shorthand you can understand, stick to it; but make sure you’ll remember what everything means when you read it later. One thing that can help a lot is summarizing as you go; summarize a paragraph, a section, or a chapter from memory so that you make sure you are retaining what you’re reading. This will also help when you’re studying or reviewing your notes to write your final thesis. Reading is a fairly solitary action, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go this alone. One resource so many Master’s students forget about is other people. Your fellow students, the ones in your program on your level or the more advanced ones, teacher’s aides, professors, even your friends on the world wide web can all provide advice, support, and general help. The worst thing to do when you feel overwhelmed is to isolate yourself. All you have to do is tell someone how you’re feeling; if that seems like too much, ask them how they’re doing. You may find out that they’re in over their heads too; but, hopefully, they’ll also ask you how you are. If you have a specific question or a general one, ask it. There’s nothing wrong with getting help. Sometimes our brains get so overwhelmed that creativity and learning seem to just disappear for a nap or something. Having a conversation, getting your thoughts and concerns out there, can work wonders in waking them up. Asking your peers can help remind you that you aren’t going through this alone. And asking your superiors can provide experienced advice, tips on surviving and succeeding, and the hope that you can make it through, because they did. You don’t have to do it alone. If your peers can't help:

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First Impressions

First impressions are everything. When applying for a new job, the first impression you make comes from your resume. It represents you, as a person and as a potential employee. Research has fond that the people reading your resume spend less than 7 seconds looking at it initially. They decide within those first 7 seconds whether or not they are going to seriously consider you. This means that your resume has to prove to them that you are definitely a strong candidate for the job, and it has to do it quickly. Formatting can make a big difference: having an eye-catching, yet easy-to-navigate resume is key. If they get too confused by your layout in the first 7 seconds, you’re definitely going on the trash pile. If they have no problem with navigation, their next move is to scan the information. They’re looking for the amount of experience you have altogether, and how relevant it is. They want to know that you can do they job they need filled and not about every job you have ever worked. They want to know what you’ve achieved at those jobs. You want to make sure that these aspects of your resume are clear, concise, and visible. Once you’ve made it through those first 7 seconds and they decide to read more closely, they’re going to notice any and all flaws in your resume. Spelling and grammar errors reflect on your education and your attention to detail. If your resume is wrought with theses mistakes, it makes you look careless and lazy. Emphasize your experience but avoid redundant statements. They want to see a range of relevant skills, experience and accomplishments; if they’re reading the same phrase over and over again they may think you’re one-dimensional or incapable of doing a lot of things well. And, while you want to avoid redundancy, you do want to focus on consistency in your formatting. A badly formatted resume shows an ineptness, and, again, a lack of detail-attention. Make sure everything lines up and you use the same bullet points and font. Showing that you took time to make an impressive and comprehensive resume will show them the care that can go into your work with them. While work experience and education are important, what is equally, if not more, important is what you have accomplished. Promotions, awards, expansions, initiatives, sales and report numbers show them quantitatively what you have done, and what you are capable of doing. If you don’t lead with your accomplishments, make sure you highlight them. Your work experience section should reflect them and you can even include a separate section to list them in more detail. Take the time to make sure your resume reflects the best of you in every way. It’ll definitely pay off. Citations: Nolen, Betsy. 2015. Your Resume Matters. South University.

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