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Minimal job experience? No problem!
You’ve just graduated and are ready to land your first real job after college or high school. But how do you write the first résumé and cover letter of your career if you don’t have any previous jobs to list? How do you stand out above the other applicants--including people with more experience who are out of work--with your summer job at the diner, internship at the local paper, or spot on the Ultimate Frisbee team?
Dr. Q to the rescue! For two decades, communication professor Quentin Schultze has been teaching résumé-writing to college students and recent graduates, helping them identify their strengths and transferable skills from their unique life experiences--from extracurriculars to part-time jobs to internships to volunteering. With Résumé 101, you’ll discover the secrets to composing strong, impressive resumes and cover letters, such as:
What to include when you lack professional experience
How to get great references and recommendations
Why to use a summary rather than objective statement
When to include hobbies, travel, and technology skills
What to do if your GPA isn’t sky-high
Which designs and basic formats work the best
Where to find the perfect verbs and adjectives for a specific job
With Dr. Q’s help, you’ll soon have a résumé and cover letter that will show hiring managers who you really are, why you’re prefect for your dream job, and why they should choose you.
Communications professor Quentin Schultze shares the secrets to crafting strong, impressive resumes and cover letters for students and recent grads with minimal job experience.
Hordes of anxious college seniors show up at Professor Schultze’s office door each year, unsure of how to cast their life experiences in a way that will make them stand out to hiring managers. Dr. Schultze, who has taught a resume-writing course for the past 15 years, has become attuned to the unique concerns of those writing their first-career resumes. Coauthored by teacher Bethany Kim, this practical guide helps students identify their passions, key transferable skills, and applicable experiences, write compelling resumes and cover letters, and score those interviews.
About the Author
Quentin J. Schultze, PhD, professor of communication at Calvin College, has written several academic books and more than a hundred articles for general-interest periodicals. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and Fortune and interviewed by CNN, NBC, and NPR. He speaks at and consults for businesses, nonprofits, trade associations, and universities. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit quentinschultze.com and resumes4collegestudents.com.
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FOREWORD by Richard N. Bolles