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the Hoot
By Erin Crooks
Like many WWU students, I’m facing graduation in May with a
mixture of anticipation, anxiety and some-
times, abject fear.
For most of us, there’s really only one source
of the fear: what if I can’t find a job? Here are
few things you may not know about your job
Building Your Resume
1. Make the most of your college experience.
In today’s market, it may be less helpful
to an employer to have a highly trained
and specialized employee than it will be
to have one that is good at doing a little
bit of everything.
2. List everything (you can always narrow
it down later)! Don’t feel like you have to
cut all equestrian organizations and
experiences off of your resume, just
because you’re applying for a job in the business industry. Those
experiences will show an employer that you’re hard-working, have
time management skills, and a self-starter, etc.
3. List conferences, competitions
and group projects. It may not
be relevant to the job you’re
applying for, but you can always
take it off before you send you
resume, and it’s important to
make a note of it.
Writing Your Resume
1. Use a success statement.
Employers don’t care about your
objective; they care about what
you can do for them. Give them
an example by heading your
resume with a success statement.
2. Don’t list your strengths. Instead,
back them up by using real-world
work experiences.
3. Read the description of the job you’re applying for. Pick out the
keywords the company uses to describe what they’re looking for and
make sure you use them in your resume and cover letter.
4. Use job titles that make you stand out to the employer. Instead of
“accounting,” use “Management of A/R and A/P and Recordkeeping.”
5. List achievements instead of responsibilities.
“Provided excellent customer service,
resulting in many happy, repeat customers”
sounds better than “Responsibilities included
providing customer service, etc.”
6. Don’t use resume templates you find online.
Employers have seen them before and it makes
you look lazy!
Job Search Tips
1. Use job search engines. The use of job search
engines is growing in popularity, so make it
work for you. Do your research on which ones
are the easiest to use, have the largest success
for applicants, and which ones cater to
your field.
a. Equestrian -, equimax.
b. Finance –
c. Business –,
d. Communications –
e. Education –,, school-
f. IT – Dice,
g. General –,,
h. Hourly –,,
2. Network, network, network! Don’t be afraid to ask
anyone you know whether they know of any companies
that are hiring that you may want to work for.
3. Line up good references. Many people make the
mistake of using a professor that liked them or a previ-
ous employer just because they didn’t get fired. This can
be a mistake. Your references should be able to give the
employer specific feedback on your performance as it
relates to the field you are applying to.