Monday, January 12, 2009

If you're in the job market, it's time to take another look

It has long been myth that the average employer spends only about ten to twenty seconds looking at a resume, but many employer surveys have proved that myth true. With the economy in a fragile state and the growing number of individuals looking for jobs, it would definitely help to make those few seconds count.

As a student, you may not have loads of experience. This makes you even more vulnerable when a potential employer is paging through 200 or so resumes.

If you're getting ready for employment after graduation or an internship while you're still in school, you might want to take another long, hard look at your resume if you haven’t updated it recently. You might even want to have someone else take a long, hard look at it for you. It often helps to have an impartial eye look at what you have to say about yourself.

If you’re looking for help, DePaul’s Career Center now offers a “Resume Drive Thru” every Tuesday and Wednesday between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and later in the day between 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. During those hours, students can bring their resumes in for revision to either the Lincoln Park or Loop campus Career Centers.

If you’re looking to make a resume from scratch, the Career Center can help you get started during the Drive Thru hours as well.

And if you don’t like the idea of working with someone you don’t know, think about asking someone knowledgeable you know (or even just a stickler for grammar) for constructive criticism. A fresh set of eyes might see something you can’t that is hindering you from getting your foot in the door.


  1. I'll make sure i take a good look at my resume when i am applying for my internship this year, hopefully everything goes smoothly, thanks for the info.

  2. That is really useful information! I know that a lot of people have been thinking about jobs, resumes...everything a lot more recently with the economy. Thanks for the info!!