The sun has been shining and it's been getting warmer here in Fayette. Students are getting out!
It was a fun weekend and start of the week. I enjoyed a few games of tennis with some other students, and travelled down to Oelwein with some new found friends to catch a movie and McDonalds. Tomorrow Outdoor Pursuits is having a canoe/kayak trip, and I'm really excited about getting out on the river. Outdoor Pursuits is part of Student Development... They put on a number of 'outdoors' related trips during the school year: canoeing, trap shooting, bike ride, paintball, pheasant hunts, white water rafting, etc. You can also rent outdoor gear from Outdoor Pursuits: tents, sleeping bags, and other camping items, fishing poles, bikes, fire-pits, etc. It's a really nice thing to have on campus.
Driving around Fayette, you can find students who live off-campus grilling and having fires and really enjoying the weather. I'm pretty jealous, we don't have a grill at our house... might have to work on finding one of those this week. There are also tons of students who will go for walks and jogs around town when it's nice out.
I am relieved to not have to do much more in the grad school search & interview process. Life is so less stressful right now. After the interviews, the final step was to get the actual grad school application done. Not a huge burden... a little background info, resume, reference letters, and a writing sample. I think I was going to talk about resumes once. It is unbelievable how many terrible resumes I have seen. Going to conferences for various school organizations, often times, when someone was running for an office, they'd have to submit resumes. Seeing theirs always made me feel better about competing in the job market. That's probably a terrible thing to say, but really.....
Every career field has different standards and guidelines when it comes to applications (applications including resumes, coverletters, portfolios, and whatever you might need to get that job). As a design major, having a unique, creative resume was REALLY important. After all, I had to sell myself as a creative.... having a generic resume would have gotten me thrown into the definite 'No' pile. To put together the perfect resume, I searched the net for already working-successful designers resumes. And, just like the interview process, I found pieces of ones that I liked and put together my own. I think this is important because like I said, different career areas have different standards. For example, I never put an 'objective' on my resume... I feel its unnecessary, that's what my cover letter is for. A friend of mine in the education field ALWAYS puts an objective on hers. She says its usually recommended in her field. Also, in my resume, I have a special 'section' that lists what computer & design softwares I'm proficient in. That's usually not necessary in most other fields.
So, when making your resume, DO YOUR RESEARCH! You don't want to leave out something that would be important. Also, here's the designer in me, consistency is really important. Non consistency is really annoying. If you are going to bold something, you probably don't need to change the font size and underline it too. Stick with ONE element. Make sure everything is aligned. And a general rule of thumb is to keep it to one page, unless you're older and have a lot of job experience that pertains to the job. I was helping a friend with theirs recently... one of their questions was 'Do I put all of my jobs on the resume?' That's a good question. The jobs you put on your resume are ones that have some kind of relevance to the job your applying for, or show that you can handle responsibility, or show that you can stick with a job for a long period of time.
Always make sure you have your resume looked over by someone else. Students at UIU can get theirs looked at by the Career Services office. It's a great resource, and not enough students utilize it. And as always, start early! Don't wait till the last minute.
"Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great."