Your Resume, Your Advertisement

February 9th, 2017

In our media-enriched world, there are advertisements everywhere we look. Advertisements have always been in magazines and billboards, and commercial breaks are nothing new, but companies are getting smarter and are advertising their products to us in increasingly clever ways. For the job seeker, your resume is your advertisement, a summary that tells recruiters why you should be hired and what you have done—and I bet you have more experience than you think.

I worked various jobs through high school and college, the first of which was in retail. However for my resume (AKA my personal advertisement), I didn’t want to just say I folded clothes and worked a cash register. To set myself apart from the many other candidates with retail experience, I thought hard about what I really did at work. I talked to customers, but really I used customer service skills to help customers solve their problems and increase sales for the store I worked at. I was good at doing my job, but specifically I helped the store win multiple perfect “secret shop scores” during my time there. I was at a seemingly simple retail job for two years, which meant that I had the opportunity to train new employees and gain the trust of my managers to work the register.

I also worked as a nanny in college, and although it wasn’t a fancy internship at an agency, it is a shining accomplishment I am proud to have on my resume. I didn’t just watch kids, I was in charge of managing the schedules of two children involved in different activities, as well as keeping the day-to-day operations of a large family running smoothly. I played board games and braided hair, but I was able to adapt and keep my (9 and 12 year old) clients happy in an ever-changing environment (insert the variable of preteen hormones here). This was a position I worked at Monday through Friday while being a full-time student for three years of college, and most importantly I was trusted with parent’s most loved and cherished beings—their kids.

Ultimately, the goal of a resume is to get you hired, preferably at a job you love. In my experience, by highlighting valuable skills that I have obtained from jobs that I have truly enjoyed, I have been able to start a career that makes me happy. Whether your resume is filled with impressive internships and work experience, or if it has some quirky jobs not exactly related to your field, selling your skills is something everyone can do. Chances are, you’ve learned a lot in your experiences volunteering and working, and your resume should show that off!

-Kailey Kraushaar, Communications Specialist

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