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Tips for Attention-Getting Resumes

May 27, 2011

With Convocation just around the corner, many Sheridan grads are pounding the pavement in search of that first career job or eyeing a promotion with their new credential. Let us help you get off on the right foot with our newest resource for alumni. Regardless of their graduation date, all alumni have access to a FREE Optimal Résumé software service, available 24/7. See www.sheridaninstitute.optimalresume.ca. You’ll find a variety of tools to help you create, present, manage and share your professional credentials. Create high-impact, interactive resumes, cover letters, interviews, web videos. Present your materials online — with easy-to-use website builder — and in print, as you can download your materials in a number of formats. Manage an unlimited number of career documents from one central location. Share your credentials with your network on your own professional website and across social networking sites.

Other career services are also available to all Sheridan graduates, including access to Job Opportunities.


Tanya SinclairBusiness alumna Tanya Sinclair, owner of TNT Human Resources Management, also has advice for grads looking for that perfect position. One of the biggest mistakes job candidates can make is failing to target their resume and cover letter to each job they apply for, says Tanya, a 2004 Human Resources graduate. “To be successful, job seekers must research the potential employer and customize their documents accordingly. It is vital to showcase your value proposition - marketable skills that clearly identify what you can do for an employer.”

Showcasing your uniqueness is part of the “4Cs” that Tanya suggests job-seekers consider when creating a powerful resume:

1. Creative - Have you drafted a document that is distinctive to you and will professionally stand out from the others?
2. Concise - Is your resume short and to the point, conveying your message and achievements in as few words as possible? 
3. Clarity - Can the reader quickly determine exactly what career and job level you are targeting, based on the information you emphasize in your résumé?
4. Compelling - Does your resume show proof that you have the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the job?

Additional advice for a new graduate: Although it’s been said countless times, networking is still the most effective way to land a job, says Tanya, who suggests not just joining professional associations but actively participating in their activities to learn more and establish new contacts. “You can also make connections by sharing your knowledge and training. Volunteer your expertise to not-for-profit organizations by visiting the volunteer opportunities posted on websites such as www.charityvillage.com.”

Tanya Sinclair’s Grad Success Story.