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Old 06-28-2011, 07:16 PM
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Judge my Resume. Criteria I'm looking to be judged:

1. Looks: Would you bring my resume to your bed with the lights on or off?
2. Content: Is the content relevant enough for you to enjoy it as a sandwich?
3. White Space: How likely are you to confuse my resume with a winter storm?
4. Style: Will you pay large amounts of money to wear my resume on your head?

Things omitted/missing:
GPA: Butchered by would-be dual major. Decided on actuarial science during last year and I found it to be enjoyable as an applied math.

Internship: No time to find one, but GPA wouldn't have gotten me one.

Honors: Does Most Honorable in Goldeneye Video Game Count? The only thing that I might put that is of relevance is when I earned the most money on a stock market simulation in Macroeconomics in the community college I took it at. Is that worth mentioning somewhere?

This resume is going to be used to find an entry level job with a heart-felt, well-researched cover letter to some company. I'm still undecided on what specialization I want to go into, but I'm looking more at Pension and Life Insurance (which are the ones that are dying apparently, so maybe not?).

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Old 06-28-2011, 07:21 PM
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I think putting a "Core Strengths" section is a bad idea. All it tells me is what you think of yourself...

Put "Work Experience", not "Communication Experience"

Put "Related" not "Worthwhile" courses (hey, I took a wine tasting course, it was worthwhile!) and put them at the bottom (I'd suggest Education, work experience, classes in that order)

Put P/1 and FM/2 unless you're only applying to Life/Health.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:33 PM
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1. Looks: Would you bring my resume to your bed with the lights on or off?
Forget about turning off the lights, I wouldn't bring your resume to bed in the first place. (This is just based on looks, didn't read the resume)
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:46 PM
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Would be more valuable to include more work experience over classes, even if those work experiences are mundane and unrelated? Also, should I abandon the Core Strengths section in favor of a simple skills section?
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These are the sections you need on your entry level resume (in this order):
Objective Statement (optional/debated, I recommend)
Actuarial Exams
Education
Experience
Technology Skills
Other (and only if necessary)

Start by putting what you have into this format. Get rid of everything from "Core Strengths" except for the computer skills. Unless your GPA is under 3.0, include it. If your major GPA is significantly higher, definitely include that as well.

OK, I'm going to be very harsh here for a minute, but I'm really trying to help. In all honesty, your resume is going in the trash pretty much everywhere from what I see. Your resume is formatted poorly right now and you only have one exam, no internship, and apparently a very bad GPA since it isn't included. You will definitely need to expand your search beyond your preferred fields, especially since you missed peak recruiting season. And make sure you pass FM. Cranking out exams is your only real chance of getting in imo.

Also, I found your name in the properties. Get rid of that if you want to keep this anonymous.
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Okay, I don't want to make you feel bad but I think calling a section "Worthwhile courses" is hilarious.
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OK, I'm going to be very harsh here for a minute, but I'm really trying to help.
That's what we're here for. Sometimes you have to be a Masochist. I appreciate the advice.

What types of layouts are generally good? The current model is the one suggested by the advising department at my college (of which I suppose I shouldn't listen to since they aren't the ones hiring). Is there a good guideline to follow?
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Your use of "worthwhile" is interesting
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FYI, nobody cares about multivariable calculus, real analysis, and so on. The only true "worthwhile" courses you have are Programming in C++ and maybe Technical Writing.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:37 AM
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Judge my Resume. Criteria I'm looking to be judged:

1. Looks: Would you bring my resume to your bed with the lights on or off?
2. Content: Is the content relevant enough for you to enjoy it as a sandwich?
3. White Space: How likely are you to confuse my resume with a winter storm?
4. Style: Will you pay large amounts of money to wear my resume on your head?

Things omitted/missing:
GPA: Butchered by would-be dual major. Decided on actuarial science during last year and I found it to be enjoyable as an applied math.

Internship: No time to find one, but GPA wouldn't have gotten me one.

Honors: Does Most Honorable in Goldeneye Video Game Count? The only thing that I might put that is of relevance is when I earned the most money on a stock market simulation in Macroeconomics in the community college I took it at. Is that worth mentioning somewhere?

This resume is going to be used to find an entry level job with a heart-felt, well-researched cover letter to some company. I'm still undecided on what specialization I want to go into, but I'm looking more at Pension and Life Insurance (which are the ones that are dying apparently, so maybe not?).

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This is the worst resume I have ever seen.
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