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Resume Tips

 

  1. Use an easy to read Font Style – typically 12 point works well, Universal or Times New Roman.
  2. Avoid using excessive graphics, boxes or distracting lines and designs.
  3. Make sure your name is larger than anything else on the page.
  4. Be sure your name and address and phone number are on each page you use for job hunting.
  5. Check your tabs. Check your space between sections. Is everything lined up?
  6. Check your vocabulary. Your entire resume should be consistent in vocabulary and verb tense.
  7. Always include your computer skills.
  8. It is highly effective to use bullet points for each job duty you are describing.
  9. If someone is scanning your resume it helps to decipher one point from another.
  10. Do not include your previous supervisors name or your salary history.
  11. Drop off work experience that is more than 10 or 15 years back; it isn’t current.
  12. Don’t put anything personal on your resume. (i.e. birth date, marital status, height, hobbies, etc.
  13. A one page resume is best, but do not crowd your resume.
  14. It is very important to keep your resume updated.
    1. Don’t have “9/92 to Present,” if you ended your job two months ago.
    2. People perceive that as misrepresentation.
  15. Do not cross out and handwrite on your resume.
    1. People perceive that as unprofessional.
  16. Never lie on your resume.
  17. Understand and remember everything written on your resume.
  18. Be able to back up all statements with specific examples.

 


Interviewing Tips

This is the opportunity you have been waiting for!! Interviewing can be somewhat intimidating – following these guidelines can help you alleviate some of your stress.

Preparation

  1. Be on time. Do not show up early or late.
    1. If you’re running late, call.
    2. Don’t walk in more than ten minutes early.
  2. Always dress professionally.
  3. If possible, LEAVE YOUR CELL PHONE IN YOUR CAR!
  4. Have a firm handshake. Practice it in advance.
    1. Your handshake gives people an indication of your personality.
    2. Look your interviewer in the eye when you shake their hand.
  5. Know the name of the person you are interviewing with.
    1. Make sure you pronounce it correctly.
  6. Look up information about the Company you are interviewing with.
    1. Check their website and familiarize yourself with their Mission Statement, product line, territory, press releases etc.

Waiting

  1. Often times interviewers ask their receptionists how you conducted yourself before the interview.
    1. Don’t appear too friendly or aloof.  Act business like
    2. Do not make texts or phone calls from your cell.
  2. Don’t slump back in your chair, put your foot on your knee, or dangle one arm over the back of the chair. That makes you look apathetic or arrogant.
  3. Don’t put anything or move anything on the interviewer’s desk.
  4. Be careful to use hand motions in moderation.
    1. If you use your hands excessively, the interviewer will remember your hands, not your skills.
  5. Be careful to match your facial expressions with your words.
    1. If you say “That’s exciting,” and look like you just woke up, you’ll be sending a mixed message.

References

  1. Make sure you contact all of the people you have listed BEFORE you distribute their names and phone numbers.
  2. References can make or break you. Be selective in the people you list.
  3. Always give a copy of your resume to each of your references.
  4. List a minimum of three references.
  5. List professional references. Employers will want to speak with people that have supervised you and your work.

Other Interviewing Tips Resources

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Interview Prep Checklist

Monster.com’s Interviewing Site
interview.monster.com
Features virtual interviews, quizzes on interviewing strategies, and tips on how to prepare for different types of interviews. The site also links to Monster.com’s other career-planning sections.

MSN Career’s Interviewing Resource Guide
editorial.careers.msn.com/gettinghired/interviewing
Good source of articles ranging from what to do during a second interview to how to handle multiple interviewers.

Quintessential Career’s Interviewing Resources
www.quintcareers.com/ intvres.html
Great database of potential interview questions and sample answers. Other article topics include interview do’s and don’ts, on-site interview tips, and phone-interviewing strategies.

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