October 5th - November 17th, 2017
The Resume Challenge is your chance to get your resume in front of employers. Resumes that meet the required criteria will be included in a book the Career Development Center shares with select employers and community partners.
Participating in the Resume Challenge is often a prerequisite for participating in other Career Development Center events and programs. Feeling confident about your resume is a fundamental part of your career development process and serves as the foundation for many career development programs.
If you are currently in a job or internship search, participating in the resume challenge can help get your resume in front of employers. When the Career Development Center is approached by employers and community members who are looking for qualified candidates, we will share the resume book with them.
Prizes! A prize will be awarded to the best resume submitted by each graduating class. In other words, the review committee will select the best resume submitted by at first year student, a second year student, a third year student and a fourth year student.
How It Works:
Step 1: Craft a Resume
Start by making a first draft of your resume if you don’t already have one. Not sure where to start? No problem. Review our resume handout and/or meet with a Peer Career Advisor or Career Counselor.
Step 2: Meet with a Professional
Have your resume draft reviewed by a professional. During the month of Resume Challenge the Career Development Center makes a special effort to connect you to a professional at a time that works for you. During your meeting you will receive helpful feedback on ways in which you can make your resume as effective as possible. On average it can take anywhere between 3-5 drafts to get your resume in top shape. Don’t get frustrated – your professional will help you get there!
Who is considered a professional? Anyone with experience - they could be an alum, a recruiter, a career counselor, a faculty member, a peer career advisor or a resident career advisor.
Resume Review Availability
Career Counseling Appointments: Schedule here.
Peer Career Advisor (PCA) and Resident Career Advisor (RCA) Drop-In Hours:
PCA’s and RCA’s are trained students who can help review resumes, edit cover letters and answer general career related questions. No appointment necessary! Drop by the Career Center during the following days/times for help:
Monday: 10:15-12:15 & 12:30-2:30
Tuesday: 11:00-1:00 & 2:00-4:00
Wednesday: 12:00-2:00 & 3:00-5:00
Step 3: Submit Your Resume to the Resume Challenge
Resume submissions will be accepted from October 5th to Friday, November 17th at 5:00pm.
How will my resume be evaluated?
Resumes will be scored according to the Resume Challenge Rubric. In order to be included in the resume book your resume must score a 3 or 2 in all categories.