Resume Makeover

A young professional gets tips on how to improve his resume.

Young professional and ASAE member Joseph Sapp agreed to have his resume critiqued by Catherine Lux Fry, program director, career services for ASAE. Joseph's expertise in social media is worth playing up, and young professionals should make sure to highlight their skills in these areas as more associations are looking to expand their presence online.

Before

(Notes about each numbered area of the resume appear below the image. Click on the image to view an enlarged version.)

  1. Make sure your formatting and use of color don't take away from your message.
  2. Instead of an objective, include a qualifications summary, a high-level summary of who you are and what you bring to a position, at the top of your resume. This is a written form of an elevator speech.
  3. A great thing about working for an AMC is being involved in many areas of association management. Break down your accomplishments into functional areas and then list your activities under each to highlight your skill areas and better organize your accomplishments.
  4. High-school graduation is not necessary on your professional resume once you have your next degree.

After

(Notes about each numbered area of the resume appear below the image. Click on the image to view an enlarged version.)

  1. List out all of the systems or technologies that you are proficient in one location, such as under your qualifications summary.
  2. Showing successes, such as this increase in social networking usage among members, highlights your proficiency in a necessary tool for your organization.
  3. Provide detail about specific projects. If you improved open rates, added members, or streamlined a process, include it under your experience.
  4. By adding more details above, all internships or part-time jobs aren't necessary to include.

Need Some Help With Your Resume?

CareerHQ.org offers both resume critiques and full resume rewrites for all professional levels. The resume service is conducted by a trusted group of professionals who have knowledge and expertise in helping you effectively sell yourself to prospective employers. Find these critiques and other resources on ASAE's CareerHQ.org.