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TR students learn value of good résumé

By Amy Estrada/reporter

A great résumé can be the key that opens doors for jobs in this soft market, which is why students gathered on TR Campus to get tips on how to create one.

Kristin Vinson-Wright, TR career and employment services coordinator, presented the Résumé Writing Seminar Nov. 16 with two dozen students filing in to receive information on résumé writing and interview success.

“I am looking for a job right now,” TR student Jayson Wallace said.

Wallace said he’s been looking for a job for a while and hasn’t had any luck.

TR student Quintin Hernandez told students to go to the business section of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to look for a job. He said he liked the easy-to-read layout.

Vinson-Wright provided the students with a PowerPoint presentation that covered tips and blunders as well as examples of a well-written and a poorly written résumé.

TR student Genesia Lamb said she didn’t know how to properly write a résumé, so the information was good to know.

The tips covered the right format to use and ways to prioritize the content. Vinson-Wright said there is no rule on how long a résumé should be, but length can turn into a problem if it’s too short or too long.

She said spelling or grammatical errors in the résumé can also lead to blunders.

“One typo can land your résumé in the garbage,” she said. “Make sure someone else reads your résumé.”

Vinson-Wright also said to spell check a résumé before it’s sent to the company to avoid being eliminated before getting an interview.

TR student Yvonne Robinson received help on her résumé in the career and employment center and passed the copy around to the other students as an example.

Vinson-Wright included possible job interview questions in the presentation such as possible strengths and weaknesses of the interviewee and offered suggestions for answers.

Hernandez pointed to his notes and said that his writing is not very good because it’s too “choppy.”

He said the presentation taught him how to write more clearly when working on his résumé.

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