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SHIP Alumni Career Newsletter

November 2012 Edition

November 28, 2012 
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Employer Perspective: Take Your Resume from Good to Great
Highlighted Job Postings
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Welcome to the November edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter!
Employer Perspective

Take Your Resume from Good to Great.  By Shannon Hatfield Smedstad '99, employment brand and HR social media manager at GEICO

When it comes to writing a resume, there are common "mistakes" that people make. Based on my many years in recruiting ... here are some top tips for articulating your awesomeness on a single piece of paper:

  1. Think about what makes you different from all other candidates. Why should someone hire you over them? Put that information on your resume.
  2. Highlight your accomplishments, not menial tasks. Think about everything you've done throughout your career and include your achievements, chronologically by company.
  3. Quantify your results when possible. How much did you save? How many people do you manage?
  4. If you have information about your successes online, link to them. You can link to your blog, portfolio or LinkedIn profile; this allows recruiters to see your work and recommendations.
  5. One resume does not fit all. If you want a specific job at a specific company, tailor your resume to that opportunity.

And, here are some quick tips on what not to include. Do not:

  1. Include marital status, DOB, SSN or photo unless it's specifically required.
  2. Write "References Available upon Request" at the bottom. It's archaic and a waste of space.
  3. Have a resume that's more than two pages long, in most cases.
  4. Include hobbies unless they directly relate to the type of position you desire.
  5. Use company jargon; use verbiage that your average recruiter can understand.

Most recruiters spend less than one minute scanning candidates' resumes! You have to sell your skills and abilities in a way that's also easy to read. If you need help with your resume, there's a lot of free information online and the SHIP Alumni Career Services office can help, too.

Highlighted Job Postings

These companies are looking to hire SHIP alumni. You can find out more about these opportunities as well as other opportunities on College Central at  


If you are a Ship alum and looking to hire other Ship alums or students, please contact us to highlight your job and post it on College Central. 

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Assistant Director of Publications & University Editor, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg

This position serves as the editor of the Shippensburg University Magazine, including coordinating writing, story assignments, copyediting, and working with writers, the University photographer and contracted designer and printer. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the magazine's website and other internet and social media connections, editing other publications. Bachelor's degree (English or Journalism degrees desirable); proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite Software and 3 years' experience in writing/editing/desktop publishing and three years' experience as an editor. Additional information can be found at  or on college central at Deadline to apply is December 14, 2012.


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Inside Advertising Sales Executive (PA), Global Sports Publications, Philadelphia
Account Executive Trainee, PLS Logistics Services, Cranberry Twp

Job Searching Assistance

The holiday season can be a tough time to search for a job. Let us help you market your skills better and teach you about valuable ways to job search. Contact the Career Development Center at or or 717-477-1484 for assistance. 

Upcoming Spring Job Fairs

Watch the December/January Edition of the Alumni Career Newsletter for additional information on these upcoming job fairs. They are all open and free to SU alumni.

Cumberland Valley Consortium Job Fair- February 13, 2013

Central Pennsylvania Employment Consortium Job & Internship Fair- February 19, 2013

Shippensburg University Career Day- March 11, 2013

TRD Teachers Job Fair- March 21, 2013


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