Register with Grace College’s Online Job Board. Post your resume for employers to review. Check out the jobs that have come to our attention in the Center for Career Connections Office. Gain access to an additional national online job board.
Alumni of Grace College & Theological Seminary can email their resume drafts to Denise Terry for review. She’ll critique it and reply to you with suggestions for improvement.
My life on paper. The resume is a marketing document that tells why you are the best fit for an employer and/or a specific position. A resume is not your life story. Be careful NOT to make it simply a collection of your employment history.
Disorganization. The presentation of your resume is just as important as the content. If your resume doesn’t pass the “three second visually pleasing” test, it won’t make it to the top of the “yes” pile.
Misspellings. Triple-check your work.
Second page spill-over. If you have a one-page resume, you should have a full page of information. If you have a two-page resume, your second page should be two-thirds to three-quarters of they way full at minimum with substantial information. Anything less, then reduce to one page.
Over bolding and bulleting. You want to emphasize key information on your resume. But too much bold text or too many bullet points can have an adverse effect. Moderation is the way to go.
Listing your past duties. For most job seekers, the duties you had previously are not what you are seeking to perform again in your next job—so leave the duties out. Focus instead on describing the transferable knowledge and skills that will benefit your next employer. Throw in a few achievements, and the content of your resume will receive high praise.
Answer These Three Questions
What do you want? Write an “OBJECTIVE” statement at the top of your resume. It doesn’t have to be long—the shorter, the better. You can simply state the job for which you are applying.
Are you qualified? Feature your degree in your education section. Keep your education section near the top of your resume so this vital information is clear to an employer. State the date of your graduation.
What can you do for the organization? In demonstrating what you have done in previous experiences, be sure to include key terms of importance to the organization that display your knowledge, skills and strengths. Also insert past achievements wherever possible.
Alumni of Grace College & Theological Seminary can email a draft of their cover letters to Denise Terry for review. She’ll critique it and reply to you with suggestions for improvement.
The cover letter may also be called a letter of introduction or letter of application.
The cover letter should always accompany the resume, except when hand delivering the resume to an employer.
The cover letter is a marketing piece in formal, business-style writing.
Build a bridge to the employers’ needs with your cover letter by communicating your top five selling points—the five best messages that you could possibly communicate to the employer to get them interested in you.
Three Paragraph Format:
Paragraph One: Tell the employer why you are writing to them in the first sentence. Finish the first paragraph by introducing two or three of your top five selling points.
Paragraph Two: Promote all of your selling points. Reference past experiences. Communicate the style of employee that you will be.
Paragraph Three: Make a plan for a future interview.
Research the organization and the job opportunity as thoroughly as possible.
Create a list of what the “ideal candidate” would know and could do and what attributes would help him/her to fit right into the culture of the organization.
Think of and practice telling many stories to illustrate each item on your list of the “ideal candidate.”
Storytelling in the interview
Practice telling stories that demonstrate the characteristics that employers are seeking in the ideal candidate. Tell each story in 30 to 90 seconds in an organized manner. Rambling or “winging it” generally doesn’t work well in a structured, professional interview setting. Organize your stories in this way:
Problem—detail the situation/circumstance that you faced.
The Placement Promise is a true distinctive of Grace College. We recognize that the cost of college is a significant investment, and we are standing behind the quality of our academic process and the resulting product. Students who meet certain criteria and who do not find employment or gain acceptance to graduate school within six months of graduation may be eligible to earn an additional year of undergraduate education tuition-free.
To be eligible for the Placement Promise, alumni:
Must be eligible to work in the U.S. on a full-time, permanent basis.
Must have record of success in the classroom, having achieved at least a 2.75 GPA while at Grace College.
Must have been successfully employed in at least one quality work experience related to their field of study while at Grace College.
Successful on-campus employment experience related to field of study
Summer experience related to field of study
Internships, practicum, student teaching
On-going, part-time experience related to field of study
Part-time or summer work with no evidence of transferable skills
Must have evidence of participation in and application of the knowledge gained from professional development programs and services offered by the Center for Career Connections Office or through workshops and seminars of OSI.
Must have a letter of recommendation their your academic advisor addressing the student's scholastic effort while enrolled, and addressing the area of focus that may enhance marketability for the future.
To apply for the Placement Promise, follow these steps:
Wait until you are six to nine months removed from graduation. No applications will be considered prior to this timeframe.
Request a letter of recommendation from your previous academic advisor to be sent to the Center for Career Connections Office. The letter should address your scholastic effort while enrolled and the area of focus which may enhance your marketability for the future.
Email the Center for Career Connections Office to request a meeting or phone conversation to discuss the outlined criteria of the Placement Promise. This meeting will occur after the letter of recommendation from your academic advisor has been received.