Think of it as an audition before you are given a part in a production. In this audition, you have to show you are able to do things the director wants you to do. In the case of your job search, your résumé will be that audition. It is a chance for you to showcase things you feel the employer would be most concerned about. The employer has a job description detailing things a candidate must possess to qualify. You should use your résumé to show you meet all of those criteria and are the best candidate for the job.
- Provide the most important information such as education, graduation date, GPA, and so on at the beginning of the résumé.
- Leave off things you do not feel are relevant to the job so you can use space to discuss things that are most pertinent to the open position.
- Be specific when talking about your experiences. Details give a better understanding of what you bring to the table.
- Stay consistent with your formatting throughout. Your résumé should not stand out for the wrong reasons.
When you think you have finished writing, take a step back and ask yourself, “Does this document say everything I want it to say and show me the way I want to be seen?” If the answer is yes, then you are well on your way. If not, there is always room for improvement.
Résumés in Careers2Geaux
All résumés must now be approved by the LSU Olinde Career Center before becoming active in Careers2Geaux. Be sure to download the guide the LSU Olinde Career Center uses to approve résumés.
Students should be prompt in submitting a résumé for activation. We make every effort to be timely in the approval process, but cannot guarantee a turnaround of less than two (2) business days.
You must have an active and approved résumé in Careers2Geaux prior to participating in on campus interviews.
A CV is a longer more detailed version of the résumé commonly used in academic, scientific or research environments. Commonly 3-10 pages in length, the CV details your academic and professional career. Before starting, always check with colleagues in your department for sample CVs as different disciplines have different requirement.
Cestagi offers a free way to easily create an electronic CV.
Careers2Geaux for Students & Alumni
A free resource for students and your source for:
- job postings
- on-campus interviews
- recruiting events
- career-planning workshops and resources
- managing a job search
Each LSU student of the Baton Rouge campus (excluding Continuing Education) automatically has an account in the system through the email address ending in @lsu.edu (not those with @tigers.lsu.edu).
- NOTE: Your password is not the same as your myLSU password. If entering the first time, sign up as a New User below.
If you have never used Careers2Geaux before, click "Forgot Password/New User" above, enter your LSU email address ending in @lsu.edu (not @tigers.lsu.edu), and click "Go". A link to reset your account password will be emailed to your LSU account. Follow the directions in the email to set your password and begin using Careers2Geaux.
Features of Careers2Geaux
Be “in the know” about career-related events and activities. All events hosted by the Olinde Career Center are managed through Careers2Geaux. Want to know who will be coming to the Career Expo and other recruiting events? You will find it here! You can even create a customized printout of the employers interested in your major.
You can manage all job search correspondence (résumés, cover letters, references, etc.) in Careers2Geaux. Our easy-to-use résumé builder will make creating a polished, professional document a snap. Keep in mind that all initial résumés uploaded in Careers2Geaux must be approved by the Olinde Career Center before they can be active in the system.
This is the best way to find recruiters who have a relationship with LSU and the Olinde Career Center. This searchable database allows you to find organizations that may meet your career interests and provides a recruiter contact for most entries. It's a great place to start your company research and find job leads.
Available full-time, part-time, summer, internship, co-op and volunteer opportunities are posted by employers interested in hiring LSU students. You can search by industry, functional area, job type, geographic location, keywords and more. The job board updates daily, so visit often!
The Careers2Geaux system manages all aspects of our on-campus interviewing program (OCI). This program brings employers to campus to interview students every fall and spring. All LSU students and alumni are eligible to participate.
The Mock Interview module in Careers2Geaux offers interview practice from the comfort of your home by providing mock interviews using your webcam. The Mock Interview module offers over 1,000 field-specific and level-specific questions to practice from and the ability to send your mock interview via email for review and feedback from others. Olinde Career Center formal Mock Interview appointments use the Mock Interview module as a pre-appointment requirement to familiarize students with interview questions.
A comprehensive resource for students interested in living and working abroad, this online tool combines international job search standards with information on cultural norms in an organized country guide system. Students can connect to country-specific job boards, résumé examples, and company information by industry. In addition, GoinGlobal provides resources for international students who would like to work in the United States. To access GoinGlobal, login to your myLSU and find the link under Student Services.