Quick formatting tricks to keep your resume to one page!

Many students will come in to career coaching with a two page resume and no idea how to fix it.  Their first thought may be to eliminate some of their less business relevant experiences or pick and choose what they think is the most important to keep.  But I look at many resumes and contrary to popular belief, the second page can usually be avoided just by using some formatting tricks!  These are a few of the easiest formatting secrets to make sure your resume is one page and still full of your great experiences!

Margins:

First things first, you do not have to conform to one inch margins like most of your school papers will require.  The margins can be much smaller, mine are at 0.5 all around.  I can’t tell you how much more room you gain for your accomplishments this way.  Sometimes a larger margin up top or around the sides can even give your resume the false illusion that you are missing something.

Font Sizes:

Fonts can be smaller than point 12 Times New Roman!  I know it goes against everything you have learned in English class, but I recommend having between 10 point and 12 point.  Any larger will probably be too big, and any smaller and the resume may look too busy and recruiters will have to squint to read it.  Making the font even a little bit smaller might make your two line bullet point into one line and give you the space you need.

Contact Information:

Keeping your contact information to one line helps so much.  A lot of students come in struggling to make room for all of their internships and activities, but I see that they have a permanent address, local address, and then two lines for email and phone. By containing all information to one line below the name, you save so much room! Why take up space for contact info when you could be highlighting on your newest internship that you are excited about?

High School Activities:

Once you have gotten involved in tons of new exciting organizations, clubs, and job opportunities in college, it is time to take off those high school activities and education!  This is a pivotal moment in your undergraduate college career, when you have so many cool college experiences that you don’t have room for high school clubs anymore on your 1 page resume.  Many students will at first be nervous about taking high school education or sports off of their resume, maybe because it was such a big part of their lives, but trust me, when you are running out of space on a resume, those things should usually be the first to go.  Granted there are exceptions to that rule, but for the most part, recruiters like to hear and see what you have been up to at OSU.

Transfer Credit: 

Transfer credit is also something that can be reformatted to fit the one page requirement.  Many students believe that you have to format your college transfer credit the same way as your OSU education section, but this is not the case.

If you have actually received a degree from the previous institution, you would want to format it that way, but if it is just transfer credit you might even confuse recruiters into thinking you have received a previous degree if you format it that way.  A better way is a quick bullet point explanation. This easily condenses your education section so you have more room for leadership, work, and extracurricular activities.

Need some help?

For additional tips and tricks when formatting your resume, see a career coach during walk-in hours: http://fisher.osu.edu/offices/career-management/student-resources/undergraduate/career-coaches/

Jill Spohn – Career Coach

How to Set Up a Job Shadow

Here in the Office of Career Management, we’re constantly telling students to set up informational interviews. “They’re so important!” we say. “Do as many as you can!” we say.

But what happens after the informational interview? What if you want to know more? What if there’s a company you’re SO excited about that you just can’t even imagine working anywhere else? But you can’t yet, because you’re a freshman or sophomore and they won’t hire you yet? This is where a job shadow can swoop in and save the day!

By definition, a job shadow is a career exploration activity that offers an opportunity to spend time with a professional currently working in a person’s career field of interest. In other words, that person has the job you want at the company you want it at. You follow?

So to learn more about this particular job (as in, what does this person actually do all day?!?), setting up a job shadow can be an excellent way to see first-hand the duties and responsibilities of this individual, get a scope of the projects they work on, and even take a tour of the company.

The easiest way to initiate a job shadow is to find a professional with whom you would like to shadow and contact them in a professional manner. We recommend first reaching out to our office (The Office of Career Management) to see if any alumni have volunteered to have conversations with students.

From there, LinkedIn is your best bet. Start with OSU alumni in your chosen industry, and try to narrow your list down to 1-3 individuals. Reaching out to professionals in your chosen industry should always be in a professional, courteous manner. A sample email message to initiate the conversation can be found below.

Hello Mr. /Ms. Last Name

My name is Name, and I am currently a [year in school] at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and I am considering [field] as a future career path. After reviewing your LinkedIn profile, I was wondering if you might be willing to let me spend a day observing you so I can learn more about [field].

I would be extremely grateful if you allowed me to quietly observe you for a half day as you go about your usual schedule. If possible, it would be helpful if we also had a short interview toward the end of the shadowing so I could ask you any questions I might have about [field] after observing your activities and actions.
Thank you for considering my request. I will follow up with you in two weeks to answer any questions you may have.
Best regards,
Your Name
See? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Check out our Informational Interviewing Guide for tons of other helpful tips, questions to ask, and how to prepare for future job shadowing opportunities. Now get out there and meet someone!

Inside of a Pre-Business Classroom

I have officially finished the first week of my second semester in college. It started with a National Championship win so, really, how could a week start any better?!

My courses this semester are very different than any courses I have taken so far in my education. Many of them are prerequisites that I need to take before starting my business courses. They deal with business concepts and are structured around preparing me for the workplace. This type of course content is new to me and I must admit, I love it.

My professors have already started applying their lessons to the professional business environment. I am not used to hearing professors talk about specific situations in which the concepts we are learning will be applicable in our careers. This is definitely a change for me and it will be more of a challenge, but it really makes me feel like I am in college.

In many of my courses this semester I will be spending a lot of time in Excel. In all honesty, I enjoy it. I love working in Excel and using the syntax (a new concept I learned just a few days ago). It makes sense to me. The rules are very black and white. If you follow those rules, the numbers are neat and the data is accurate. Being an accounting major, those are my favorite kinds of things. Working in Excel and loving it so much just makes me more confident in my choice of major.

The first week of the semester tends to set the tone for following 3 months. My current course load is going to be challenging but it will be a worthwhile challenge. I am excited to see how the information I learn applies to the workplace.

Fisher Spring Internship & Job Fair 2015 – Everything You Need to Know!

2015 Fisher Spring Internship and Job Fair
February 3, 2015
2pm – 6PM
The Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballrooms
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR’S FAIR:
  • There is NO admission fee for students
  • Get the OSU Career Fair mobile app to access the Company Major Charts and the Fisher Spring Job and Internship Fair Map now! Booklets with company information will NOT be printed
  • Bring your BuckID, as you will need to swipe to get in
  • $1 per item coat check –  located on first floor across from Station 88

Spring Internship & Job Fair Company Hiring NeedsGet the app!  Download the OSU Career Fair+ mobile app to research companies attending the event along with the majors and job types employers are recruiting.

Log on to FisherConnect to view attending companies and submit your resume before the event. There is no preregistration required; students will register as they arrive at the fair.

Internship & Job Fair Prep Workshops

Wednesday, January 28  12:30-1:30pm  Schoenbaum 315

Thursday, January 29  1:00-2:00pm  Schoenbaum 209

Friday, January 30  2:30-3:30pm Schoenbaum 209

Liberty Mutual Leadership Forum (for Sophomores!)

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Leadership Forum
Sunday, June 21  – Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 The Liberty Mutual Insurance (LMI) Leadership Forum is a three-day externship designed to provide talented college students with exceptional leadership qualities an opportunity to learn about Liberty Mutual and careers in the insurance industry.

What to expect:
Students from diverse backgrounds, representing partnership schools across the country will travel to our corporate headquarters in Boston, MA to participate in workshops and activities geared towards bringing out leadership, team building, communication and negotiation skills.  Participants will have numerous opportunities to network and interact with recent college hires, senior leaders and recruitment professionals.  To see photos from last year’s Leadership Forum, click here.

Career exploration:
In addition, students selected to attend this forum will have an opportunity to interview for a summer internship in a function such as human resources, claims, underwriting, IT or sales the following year.  Summer interns, who perform exceptionally well, may receive a full time employment offer.

To be eligible for the LMI Leadership Forum, you must:

  • Be a current, full-time, undergraduate student in your sophomore year of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities on campus or in your community.
  • Have a strong interest in the insurance industry.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

When is the 2015 LMI Leadership Forum?
The LMI Leadership  Forum will take place Sunday, June 21 –Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Boston, MA.  Liberty Mutual will incur all costs for approved travel, lodging and meal expenses.

How to apply?
Applications will be accepted through, April 30.  If you would like to learn more about the opportunity and start the interview process, here’s how to apply:

  • www.libertymutualcampus.com
  • Scroll down and click on “Apply Now”
  • Type in job number 57488  and hit “Search” for jobs
  • Apply to “2015 LMI Leadership Forum Externship”

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at LibertyMutualCampusPrograms@LibertyMutual.com.