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Creating a Professional Presence

Writing Your Résumé



Although Brian is currently team captain of his university soccer team, he has no plans to pursue professional sports as a career. Instead, he plans eventually to earn an MBA and start his own business. In the meantime, he’d like a job in either sales or consulting in order to build his business experience and take advantage of his extroverted personality. He has written a résumé that incorporates all the typical advice. He lists his work experience chronologically, focuses on accomplishments, lists honors and awards, and identifies his skills. But with little business experience, he wonders how he can catch the attention and interest of the innovative sales organizations where he wants to work. Below are some questions on Brian’s mind. How would you recommend he answer them?

Should I include an objective statement?

How can I take advantage of my soccer experience?

Does everything have to be in bullets? Is there any way for me to show my personality?

Consult the Experts

Business communication scholars routinely perform research to assess what works best in résumés. This article will help you make wise decisions about what to include in your résumé: Diaz, C. S. (2013). Updating best practices: Applying on-screen reading strategies to résumé writing. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 76(4), 427–445. And this article will help you avoid making a mistake that will jeopardize your chances at an interview: Martin-Lacroux, C., & Lacroux, A. (2016). Do employers forgive applicants’ bad spelling in résumés?. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 80(3), 321–335.