NAHJ NYC invited Delia Camasca to the CBS Broadcast Center to provide resume tips ahead of the NAHJ national convention in Miami. Camasca’s consulting business TV Media Careers provides media professionals with career coaching. Below are some of the key takeaways:
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Have a Target
What exactly do you want to do?
What type of company do you want to do it for
What level are you at?
What titles do you need to target?
Where do you want to be based?
Know your assets
What did you do that makes you stand out from others?
What accomplishments have you had?
Which of your experiences are especially relevant to the job you’re applying for?
How do you want to leverage the thing that makes you unique?
1. Research target job titles on job boards
2. Select job descriptions that fit your target job
3. Identify the “required skills” for the job you’re targeting
4. Determine if you meet 60-70 percent of the criteria
5. Use keywords found in job description in your resume
Tip: Use wordle.net to quickly identify keywords. It puts the words into a word cloud. Bigger word = more important
Summary of qualifications – your elevator pitch. What do you do / who have you don it for / where do you want to do it / what makes you stand out?
This short paragraph allows recruiters to know what you’re qualified for and opens up options
Education – can go on the bottom once you’ve graduated. Listed at the top screams “entry-level” or fresh out of school
List all education, including seminars, workshops, continuing education classes, certifications and licenses that may not necessarily be related to the job (ie. may be useful to list your driver’s license if you’re applying to be an mmj)
Join at least one professional affiliation or club like NAHJ NYC. it shows you keep up with your industry and care.
Skills – List other skills like software programs/systems related to industry, skills that may be of interest or somewhat related. ie travel, hobbies
Save the job description of your current job and use that verbiage for the description in your resume.
Tailor your resume for each application
Font: nothing smaller than 10 or greater than 14. Use plain fonts like Arial or Calibri. Avoid serif fonts.
What recruiters look for
Titles you’ve had
Names of companies you’ve worked for/time spent at each
What industry your experience is
How many years of experience you have in the industry.
Make sure your resume is focused! Bullet points should be accomplishments not daily tasks.
No more than once every two weeks
Know your worth
Check salary.com and glassdoor.com to see how much the position makes. Know these numbers before speaking with recruiters.