Category Archives: Resume Help

“I’m a people person.”

What does that even mean?  It makes me think of people who say, “I’m a dog person” or “a cat person.”

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The idea is to show potential employers (or potential clients) you get along with people without saying, “My etiquette skills rock.”  Because in a me-focused world, employers want to know if you will get along with others or be a human volcano of bickering, fighting, gossiping, whining, blaming… and leaving a splash of coffee on the bottom of the coffee pot to burn, instead of refilling it after you take the last cup.  Nobody wants that in their workplace.

There’s a better way to show you get along with others and that’s to say it on your resume (or sales materials) by starting each bullet point with what I call, “I-work-well-with-others action words.”

Collaborated with…
Teamed with
Involved with team
Negotiated
Contributed
Joined
Joined forces with
Worked together with
Supported
Cooperated
Co-authored
Resolved
Assembled group of

Mix these words with bullet points of individual initiative and leadership action words: (Managed, Specialized in, Supervised, Initiated, Delivered, Designed, Motivated, Selected, Directed, Drove, Created, Trained, Coached, Counseled, Researched, Edited, Produced, Fostered, Enhanced…) and you have a winning resume.  All of these action words work well in your cover letters and the actual interview, too.

Reposted with permission from the Culture and Manners InstituteAlso be sure to check out the Career Center’s resource on Action Verbs & Keywords!

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Online Resume Books

The Recruiting Program is offering a new resource to students via EagleLink.  You now have the option of submitting your resume into Online Resume Books in EagleLink.

In order to connect employers with graduating students, we give them access to the Online Resume Books throughout the summer months.  If there is a match, then the employer schedules interviews directly with candidates at their office.

If you are still seeking employment, we invite you to submit your resume into one or more of the Online Resume Books available in EagleLink.

Before you submit your resume, schedule an appointment with a career counselor for a resume critique.  Let us help you create a resume that is rich with keywords that will accurately describe your skills and experiences.

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Please contact the Recruiting Program at  617-552-4769 if you have any questions about Resume Books.

Career Launch

Juniors get ready for summer internship interviewing!  Career Launch is your crash course!

WHEN: New date! Friday, January 28, 9:30 a.m -3:30 pm (you can attend any of the sessions of interest to you)
WHERE:  New location! Fulton Honors Library

9:30-breakfast/registration
10-11-Jodi Smith of Mannersmith, etiquette guru discussing everyday office etiquette for internships
11-12-Interview Q&A Panel : Dan Berglund Goldman Sachs, Kristie Koskey PWC, Deb LoCastro-Google, Charlie Witmer Class of 2011
12-1:30 -lunch and interview break out sessions, round table groups on interviewing featuring: Accounting with Kristie Koskey PWC , Consulting ,Robin Lackey Strategic Offsites and  Scott Landay Class of 2011,    Finance , featuring Finance Academy members TBA.
1:30-3:30- optional resume critiques Jess Hartley of the Career Center, Career Center Peer Advisors, Deb Locastro-Google, Kristie Koskey-PWC, Nicole Guelcher TJX, Beth Cokely E&Y.  These are first come first serve, the numbers are limited.

Sponsored by the Caroll School of Management and the Career Center.  Open so juniors and sophomores of any majors.  The focus is on preparing for business internships.

The Sophomore Series: Career Run Down

The Sophomore Series: Career Run Down
When: Tues., March 23
Where: Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, upstairs 5:00pm to 6:30pm

All the pieces you need to get yourself on track for an internship as a sophomore!   Breakout tables will discuss the topics listed below – attend all three ongoing sessions or just the topics that you need.  Career Center staff will be on hand to answer your questions about the internship search process and our resources.

Learn to:

  • Build & Write a Resume & Cover Letter
  • Interview Tips
  • Internship Searching

Questions?  Jessica Hartley, Asst. Director, BC Career Center, stonejg@bc.edu

Resource Highlight: Online Resume Books

Check out a new resource provided by the Recruiting Program!  Students now have the option of submitting their resumes into Online Resume Books in EagleLink.

In order to connect employers with graduating students, we give them access to the Online Resume Books throughout the summer months.  If there is a match, then the employer schedules interviews directly with candidates at their office.  So, if you are still seeking employment, we invite you to submit your resume into one or more of the Online Resume Books available in EagleLink.  See the attached instruction sheet to get started.

The deadline to submit resumes for the Online Resume Books is April 3, 2009.  However, you will still have the option to submit your resume after that date.  FYI – employers will have access to the Online Resume Books beginning April 6, 2009.

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Increase your chances of having your resume reviewed!  Have your resume critiqued by one of the career advisors in the Career Center?  Let us help you create a resume that is rich with keywords that will accurately describe your skills and experiences.   Or for more resources, visit our Resume Writing website.

Resource Highlight: CareerBeam

Alumni, are you puzzled by your career options?  Utilize CareerBeam to help put the pieces together!

CareerBeam is a wonderful portal, provided to you by Alumni Relations, which integrates all phases and stages of the career development process.  With CareerBeam you can:

  • Develop a complete personalized Career Profile with ten separate assessments
  • Find detailed information on over 200 industries
  • Search over 18 million organizations and 22 million company contacts
  • Identify US companies that operate outside the US and foreign firms with offices in the US
  • Review answers to the most frequently asked career questions
  • Build a professional resume and cover letter

Login to the BC Alumni Online Community, go to Career Resources, and access CareerBeam to help you in your career development efforts today!

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Women for Hire Career Expo in Boston

Women For Hire will be in Boston, on Thursday, March 19th with its free career expo featuring 30+ Top Employers in various industries.  This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with recruiters and gain key insight for launching or advancing your career after graduation.  You can also ask about possible internship opportunities as well.

Happening Thursday, March 19 from 10am to 2pm at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Additionally, students and alumni are encouraged to attend the Early Morning Seminar for a nominal fee.  General admission is $20, however students can use the code STUDENT09 to purchase a ticket for just $5.

This is an extra chance to network and learn from Women For Hire CEO and Good Morning America Workplace Contributor Tory Johnson.  Her seminar runs from 8:30 to 10:00am and it’s an ideal way to start your day.

To attend this seminar you MUST pre-register.  General admission is $20, however students can use the code STUDENT09 to purchase a ticket for just $5.

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