Careers in Culture – Careers in Cultural Management

> Résumés: putting your best foot forward

Your résumé is often the first impression that an employer has of you, so it’s important to have a good résumé.

There is no one right way to write a résumé. What is important is that your résumé express your uniqueness and highlight your skills and competencies.

What do you say - key information to include in your résumé

  • Indicate your career interests and goals.
  • Put your best foot forward by listing your specific experiences and achievements in your field of interest.
  • Include relevant part-time work, summer jobs, internships, self-employment and volunteer experience.
  • Emphasize those activities that relate to your career objective and also show other types of work you’ve done.
  • Indicate other specialized skills that could be useful in cultural management.
  • List your educational achievements, starting with the most recent and working backwards.
  • Demonstrate the range of your interests.
  • Get permission from your references ahead of time to make sure you can give out their names, addresses and phone numbers if requested.

How do you say it - tips for writing a résumé

  • Keep it short – generally no more than 1-2 pages.
  • Ask yourself what qualities the hiring manager is looking for in a job applicant. If you have those qualities, make sure you include them.
  • Make sure that your résumé is free of spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Include information that can help an employer reach you.
  • Provide reference contact information; don’t expect a potential employer to look up the information.
  • Don’t send a photo.

Each job is different - target your résumé

In today’s highly competitive job market, you cannot simply use the same résumé for every position. Think of your résumé as a portrait of yourself—one that you have to re-paint for each position that you apply for. Customize each résumé by tailoring your career objective section to the organization and the position you’re interested in. Then write your résumé in such a way that the information reinforces your objective.

Get the facts - do some research into the organization or company

To help you emphasize skills, experiences and attributes required for the position, do some research. Ask the prospective employer if it is possible to receive a copy of the job description and be sure to cover off as many key points as you can in your résumé. On their website, look at things such as their mandate or mission, their program(s), and the language they use to describe themselves, and then use some of that language in your résumé or cover letter.

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