This guy wrote a good resume.

This guy wrote a good resume.

A new term and a new year have put us in the mood to really apply ourselves. Specifically, by applying to jobs and internships. And like most processes of applying oneself, securing a coveted position starts off with a proper resume. Whether your current resume is already bursting at the margins or is no more than a blank sheet of paper, a hilarious (read: irritating) list of the “Top 5 Intern Resume Mistakes,” recently put together by Politico’s James Kotecki, may point in the right direction. Or at least point out what he, James Kotecki, deems to be the wrong directions, leaving you to figure the rest out for yourself.

We’ve perused Mr. Kotecki’s list of mistakes -

5. High School is Over
4. Useless Padding
3. You Did WHAT?
2. Obvious Typos
1. You Don’t Match. At ALL

- and consolidated it into two points for your reading convenience. According to Kotecki:

1. Don’t include irrelevant information on your resume. That means high school stuff and prior work experience that isn’t in any way applicable to the new position should be left off.

2. Actually meet all of the job requirements. When including your relevant experience, be extremely detailed. In the words of the author: “Be specific about your projects and initiatives – it gives my brain something to latch onto in an endless sea of mediocre generalizations about ‘performing administrative tasks.’”

And… that’s about it. Apart from the reminder not to make “obvious typos,” the list is perhaps just a snide reiteration of points we’ve heard quite often. (Just one thing wasn’t quite clear: Tell us, Mr. Kotecki – when you say that you “manage an internship program,” would that be considered a mediocre generalization? Because our brains couldn’t quite latch on to exactly what qualified you to sound so self-righteous.)

Sarcasm aside, is there value to Kotecki’s list? We’re not convinced that one should abandon the mention of his or her past experiences and accomplishments simply out of fear that a recruiter will “laugh, cry, and burn” the resume. But maybe that really is just because we’re not willing to forget those great times as the captain of our high school babysitters’ club.

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James Kotecki said:
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Thanks for reviewing my article. Glad I was irritating enough to merit a post.

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