Campus Blog: A resumé, the one-way trip to the job you want
By Jace Racette
Staff Accountant, Assurance & Advisory | Summer 2014 Co-op
Two pages. You only have two pages to summarize who you are and what type of employee Deloitte can expect you to be. Composing your resumé can be a daunting task, but everyone looking to apply for a job has to go through it. The goal is to try and find a balance between including relevant information and being concise. Oh and not to mention, trying to stand out from the other applicants. Here are a few tips to ensure your resumé gets noticed.
Many refrain from putting on their resumé that “paper route” job they had when they were younger or even part-time work during school. You need to reconsider this attitude. Different jobs can demonstrate different qualities such as time management, responsibility and team skills. Their value should not be overlooked because they run alongside your education.
Good grades and work experience are important aspects of the resumé, but they only make up a portion of what recruiters notice. Deloitte looks for well-rounded individuals that are able to bring extra qualities outside of the job description. Do you play in a band? Are you an avid skydiver? Deloitte wants to hear about your hobbies, interests, extracurricular activities and volunteer experience. These showcase who you are and display your vast range of qualities. Interviewers will often take notice of these aspects in your resumé and bring them up during the interview.
The most valuable aspect of your experience is what you’ve gained. It is important to showcase that on your resumé. Focus on ways you have demonstrated leadership, worked in team environments, dealt with customers and explain what was learned from the experience. By doing this, you are able to provide a stronger overview of your experience and how it will relate to working at Deloitte. It also provides a bonus during interviews because it answers questions before the interview has even happened.
People often make the mistake of spending time putting together the perfect resumé, but they freeze when asked a question pertaining to what’s on it. When putting together your resumé, think about instances when you experienced a conflict, lead others, provided service, or used creativity, and jot them down on a separate piece of paper. Having a great resumé can be your ticket to landing an interview, but how you elaborate on your resumé is what will land you the job.
Jace is a 4th year student at Mount Royal University majoring in accounting.