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Resume & Interviewing Tips

Getting started with your resume

Regardless of the position you are interested in, the starting points for building your resume are the same:

  1. Determine the job or types of jobs you are interested in and research the responsibilities and qualifications of those positions.
  2. Think about why you can do the job and make a list of your skills that are relevant to the job.
  3. Identify experiences and accomplishments that show your proficiency in the skills required for the job.
  4. Summarize your abilities, accomplishments and skills to a brief, concise document.

Do's and Dont's

As you develop your resume, keep these in mind:

  • Do be brief. Resumes should be 1-2 pages in length.
  • Do be upbeat and active in your wording.
  • Do emphasize what you have done clearly and concretely.
  • Do be neat and well-organized.
  • Do have others proof-read and critique your resume. Spell-check the document. Make it error-free.
  • Do use high-quality, white or light-colored 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Use a laser printer if possible.
  • Don't be dishonest, always tell the truth about yourself in the most flattering light.
  • Don't include salary history or requirements.
  • Don't include references.
  • Don't include accomplishments that do not support your professional goals.
  • Don't include anything that isn't relevant. For example, don't mention your fondness for swimming unless you want to work on the water.
  • Don't use italics, underlining, shadows or other fancy treatments.

 

Preparation is the key for successful interviewing

Interviewing should not be viewed as a frightening ordeal. It is your opportunity to learn more about the position, while the interviewer learns about you.

Here are some ways to improve your success in interviews:

  1. Show interest by preparing for the interview—research the company/industry, prepare a list of questions, and know your skills, talents, and accomplishments, etc.
  2. Dress to reflect the image of a business professional.
  3. Be early for interviews (10 to 15 minutes) and never be late.
  4. Bring multiple copies of your resume, list of references, and (if appropriate) any work samples, and complete the company application neatly and in its entirety.
  5. Express sincere interest in both the company and position.
  6. Maintain good eye contact.
  7. Extend a firm, friendly handshake.
  8. De-emphasize money and fringe benefits.
  9. Give direct responses to questions.
  10. Express yourself clearly (voice, diction, grammar).
  11. Exhibit confidence and poise (at ease, calm, relaxed).
  12. Exhibit tact and courteous, well-mannered behavior.
  13. Express a career purpose and interest in long-term opportunities (goals).
  14. Indicate participation in company activities (team player).
  15. Show interest in finding a good career opportunity.
  16. Express appreciation for interviewer's time.
  17. Follow up appropriately after each interview (phone call, thank you letter, etc.).

 

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