The Devil’s in the Details…So is the Key to a Winning Resume

Created by: Ashley Pinney, Career Fellow 2011-2012

Yesterday I sat in on my first resume 1 on 1 appointment with Pam Brumbaugh and a senior student. The student (a Music Technology major) brought in the first draft of his resume. While the resume was formatted nicely and had all the essential information, it was lacking real substance and detail. I listened to Pam ask him questions about his previous work and internship experience in ways that helped him see all he really did in these positions. For example, he had written down that he worked at a furniture store but failed to provide more details about exactly what he did. After Pam asked him a series of questions, we found out that he dealt with hundreds of thousands dollars worth of high-end inventory and handled customer complaints and assisted with customer inquiries daily. An employer is going to be impressed by a person who was trusted with handling expensive merchandise and dealing with customers.  I could see the lightbulb go off in his head when he realized that he could (and should) say a lot more about the experiences he had listed.

This student was wise to use Career Services now before the year began because he noticed that his resume was really lacking in campus activities. Pam and I both gave him suggestions of ways to get more involved on campus (clubs, organizations, volunteering, etc.).


Author: Ashley Pinney

I am a Career Counseling Fellow at Elon University. The position is a post-graduate fellowship with an emphasis on providing career counseling services to students through individual meetings and co-facilitation of transition classes, as well as collaborating with residence life to develop career-related programing.

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