Can some real estate people take a look at my resume and tell me if I'm making a fool of myself or not?

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Jan 7, 2018

Delete your personal information on the resume.

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Jan 7, 2018

Good point, I updated it

Jan 7, 2018

Your name is still in the file name.....

Jan 7, 2018

@CRE could you take a quick look?

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Jan 8, 2018
Ronclue:

@CRE could you take a quick look?

When do you need it by? Typically, resume review is a paid service here on WSO too, so it's a bit of a grey area.

Overall, I would be inclined to move some of your "leadership while in school" items to the school section not the professional section, but that's really just an opinion. It's not wrong how you have it and I would never count that against you if I was reviewing your resume. Reading it top to bottom though, at a first glance it looks like you did nothing in school when really you did a lot.

Put some numbers in your analyst role bullet points too. How many buildings? How many units? Quantify the JLL deal somehow - it's a big deal. Same with the others. What are those corporate sponsorships worth? What did you work on with the NAIOP challenge? What kind of moose do you hunt? Those sort of things.

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Jan 8, 2018

I see what you mean by the education part looking empty, I will change it to "Education and Leadership" or "Education and Extracurriculars" - thank you.

Will also add some numbers to my bullet points like you said, thanks again for the reply, super helpful. Its hard to find real estate people to give feedback on my resume.

Jan 7, 2018

One thing I'd say is that there's still plenty of room to add other activities on there. You could take some of the activities from your skills sections and flesh them out a little more.

For example, you could make a new headline for the RE certification from the university of alberta. Someone reading that has no idea what the certification entails. Did you take a 1 hour online quiz to earn it, or did you have three 50 minute classes a week for ten weeks to earn it? What tangible skills came from earning the certification? If you just took a 1 hour online quiz to earn it, maybe leave it where it is. Otherwise flesh it out a little more

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Jan 7, 2018

That's a good idea, thanks! The certification requires 4 full courses in order to get it, so it's a decently big thing (Same courses as a minor at our institution).

I think I'm going to edit it from

Certifications: University of Alberta Certificate in Real Estate

to

Certifications: University of Alberta Certificate in Real Estate (4 Real Estate courses)

Also, I think I should remove the "skills" part of "SKILLS, ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS" since no skills are listed, going to change it to "Interests and Relevant Activities"?

Thank you for the reply!

Jan 8, 2018

I didn't realize the certificate was awarded for taking regular classes from your university. I guess my point is to explain why having that certification makes you a good candidate for a RE analyst role. In your classes did you build financial models, use ARGUS, learn about development/zoning etc? List anything that would make you more attractive to an employer in the area of RE you want. Honestly its a small part of the resume, so I'm nitpicking.

Overall good resume. Other changes you listed sound good

Jan 8, 2018

Bump

Jan 8, 2018

Not sure how it works in Canada, but in America a lot of students have more than 1 GPA. Some schools will give you: Core, Major, and Cumulative GPA. I suggest listing the highest GPA as well as your cumulative. "professional work and leadership experience" is a long fckin title. change it.

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Jan 8, 2018

Here in Canada its mostly just 1 GPA, people sometimes put more than 1 GPA if their major GPA is higher by a significant amount. Thanks for the tip though, I'll track both of these as I go.

In terms of the title, should I break it up into 2 sections then? Proffesional work being 1, and Leadership experience being the 2nd?

Thanks for the reply boyzzz

Jan 8, 2018
CREboyzz:

Not sure how it works in Canada, but in America a lot of students have more than 1 GPA. Some schools will give you: Core, Major, and Cumulative GPA.

...really?

I'm not saying you're wrong at all, but that's either a massive change in the past 5 years or very school specific.

Mine gave GPA and then I figured out my major GPA on my own because it was better than my overall. I don't even know what a core GPA is - your liberal arts classes your freshman and sophomore year?

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Jan 8, 2018

It might be a 'state school' thing, but I've talked to some of the analysts at my firm as well as my friends at other schools and we've all had more than 1 GPA. It kinda goes like this:

Cumulative GPA: all of your classes. English, college algebra, etc

Core GPA: all of the classes pertaining to your college. So say you're in the college of business. this would include all classes in that college. Basic level accounting, marketing, management etc.

Major GPA: all of the classes specific to your major. So if you're a finance major, your accounting grades wouldn't count.

Why schools do this nowadays? i have no fucking idea but it's a thing. (i'm also currently in my undergrad)

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Jan 8, 2018

For an internship at this point...I think this is a solid resume. Don't over think it.

Just make sure you present yourself well and network like an animal.

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Jan 8, 2018

Will do, planning on sending some snail mail letters to Toronto, as well as asking some local industry people for coffee info dates.

Thank you for the reply VMD.

Jan 9, 2018

Agree with VMD2116, resume seems solid it should give your interviews but you should work on cases, brain teasers and so on. The more interviews the better...

Jan 9, 2018

Thanks Dexer, I'll sharpen up those skills

Jan 8, 2018

Im my experience, the coffee meetings are what get you in. Take as many as you can and more importantly be sure to get new names and numbers/emails from each meeting of people you can reach out to. Be curious and aggressive but not too aggressive.

Jan 8, 2018

That's what I've heard too. My goal is to get 10 of my coffee requests rejected, I figure by then I would have enough successes to attain an internship somehow.

Jan 8, 2018

This is nitpicky but try to put some quantitative metrics to some of the positions you've held/things you've done. Especially at more institutional shops, I think it's generally well received when accomplishments are quantified.

Also, your email is still on there.... May want to redact that too.

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Jan 8, 2018

Someone else said that too about quantifying some bullet points, so I will definitely do that. Also, I left my email on in the hopes that some VP comes across this and wants to hire me. I know right? lol.

Anyways, thanks for the feedback! So happy to finally get some feedback from the RE industry as I'm tired with my school's career office

Jan 9, 2018

Whoops, yeah I didn't read all the other comments, but he's right!

Jan 9, 2018

Skimmed over the resume and didn't read any comments...

justify your font.
you need more specifics and more numbers. I wrote 'x many' research reports on 'multifamily submarkets in the greater New York area' covering 'market rents, value per foot, inventory absorption trends, etc...'.

Jan 9, 2018
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Jan 9, 2018