Resume Review Request

Hi everybody! I am a soon-to-be college graduate and was hoping to get my resume looked over before I start crazily sending it to all these companies. I removed some personal information, but left the general template intact. Thanks in advance for your help!



Hi April, 

You truly have one of the most comprehensive, buttoned-up resumes I have seen from an almost-grad. Think that Chris covered a lot of excellent territory in his feedback and agree with it all. 

I wanted to chime in on your bit about not knowing what titles to aim for and also the feeling that you're facing stiff competition for entry-level roles. Two tactics that might help as you start to apply for jobs:

- try to determine who the hiring manager is by researching the company's LinkedIn-listed employees and recruiters. In the past, right after I've applied to a job via an online application, I'll send a note to whomever I think is connected to the role at the company to say hello, express interest, mentioned my a pplication is in, and that I'd welcome any feedback or to be connected to the right person looking after the role. 

- seek informational interviews / connections. When you're not certain about a title to aim for, sometimes it makes sense to focus your job search around companies that interest you or industries that interest you. Try to find professionals who work at these companies or are already in the industry, and reach out to introduce yourself and express interest in learning more about their career path, industry, etc. You'd be surprised by how many professionals will be open to informational interviews and connections! I've built some great relationships that way. 

Hope this helps you in some small way. I have a feeling you're going to kill it out there! Don't put too much pressure on yourself... you're a strong entry-level candidate! 

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Hi April--

First off, your resume is already in a really great place so I only have a few thoughts to tighten things up:

Since I'm a fan of consistency, I don't think I'm in love with the idea of having your last name as a different color than your first name. I'd keep both black 
For Parnassus, I would spend some time adding important keywords to your various responsibilities. You do a bit of it by mentioning Salesforce and you do it in the other roles, but give me a few more here. The reason I bring this up is because recruiters and job tools tend to look for specific things relevant to a job (e.g. Excel, Social Media, MySQL, etc.). The more of those keywords you can include organically the higher chance you'll make it to the next round

Based on what you've shared, I don't think your resume will be the blocker to finding a job. You have solid experience for someone coming out of college, and you've told a great story with your resume. If I were you, I would spend more time on writing unique cover letters for each job you're applying for, and make sure you read the full job description and address any test questions that might be hidden in the JD. 

For Huttle, we put a question about "how would you go about getting 100 new account registrations", and we filter out people who don't answer the question. So be sure to invest time on crafting solid applications in the same way you've spent time on this resume, and I'm confident you'll find a great job once you graduate.

Feel free to reply back if you need anything else from me!

Hi Chris!

First of all - thank you so much for giving such detailed feedback! I'm honored to have the founder personally dissect and analyze my resume. I've been to my university's career center a couple of times, but it all felt very textbook to me so it's really helpful hearing from someone who's experienced in my field. Thank you very much for creating Huttle and being so dedicated - I really appreciate it! This is a bit long of a response, but I do hope you will read until the end - I apologize in advance for the length!

I will take your points into consideration and improve upon my resume. I've received mixed feedback regarding the color, but a lot of people at career fairs tend to give good comments so I alter it depending on the company and the job. Seems like it's better to have it when you're at a huge event like a career fair, since it helps stand out. 

It's actually great that we've connected, because I do have a couple of questions I would love for you to answer if you have the time. As an aspiring young professional, the past few weeks have been a constant struggle of finding the right jobs with the right companies; to be honest, I don't even know what job title to look for when I'm job hunting! A couple I've looked for include coordinator jobs and associate jobs, but it seems everybody either wants someone with a lot of experience or are looking for sales positions. I don't want to underestimate myself and settle for a job that doesn't fit the skill set I've developed while in college, but I feel like I'm kind of in that gray area between a complete blank slate and a mid-experienced hire. 

I agree with your sentiment about the cover letters, and I spend a great deal of time crafting them, so I've been lucky enough in the past to frequently land interviews. However, the jobs I've applied to before had significantly fewer applicants, and I'm starting to get very nervous about having to compete with so many people over one spot. 

I think I read from one of your comments that you were originally an English major who switched into Marketing. If you have any general advice for me in regards to the search process, cover letter writing, or interviews (I feel so lost!), please do share!  Thank you very much again! 

A lot of really good questions here so let's dive right in: 

"to be honest, I don't even know what job title to look for when I'm job hunting!"

That's definitely one of the things we've noticed for college students and recent grads, which is why we built out our jobs page with a recommendation approach rather than a search approach. Check out the jobs over in our SF section for Advertising and Marketing majors and let me know what you think: http://huttle.co/jobs/l-San%20Francisco%2C%20CA-q-Advertising%20and%20Marketing

The jobs update daily so if there isn't something good today, just check back tomorrow for a new batch of jobs. Also, would love your feedback on the quality of jobs showing up. If you have thoughts on how to improve the results, I'd love to hear them!

"it seems everybody either wants someone with a lot of experience or are looking for sales positions."

I definitely remember this feeling, and right now, you should not settle. You have some time since you're graduating in May so don't take those weird sales companies that reach out. Instead, keep spending the time to apply. Remember, when it comes to jobs, you just need one great job, and you're done.

"If you have any general advice for me in regards to the search process, cover letter writing, or interviews (I feel so lost!), please do share!"

Since you're not graduating until May, there's a chance that most recruiters aren't going to call you back because they know you can't start right away. I think it's still worth applying so you can get more experience with the job application process, but don't beat yourself up about not hearing back from jobs yet. You have some time so enjoy your last few months of college.

As for the actual application process, I really am not a fan of these modern apps like Jobr which have a "apply to a lot of jobs really fast"approach. Reason being, the same resume and cover letter can rarely be used for the same two jobs. You need to spend your time on each application, and by spending time on each application, you can get remember the apps better and figure out what resume+cover letter combination are getting you a call back and which ones aren't. 

I'll stop there since this is becoming a wall of text! But, I hope this advice is useful, and feel free to make more posts throughout your process. Huttle is here to help :)