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:
- Determine the job or types of jobs you are interested in and research the responsibilities and qualifications of those positions.
- Think about why you can do the job and make a list of your skills that are relevant to the job.
- Identify experiences and accomplishments that show your proficiency in the skills required for the job.
- 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:
- Show interest by preparing for the interview—research the company/industry, prepare a list of questions, and know your skills, talents, and accomplishments, etc.
- Dress to reflect the image of a business professional.
- Be early for interviews (10 to 15 minutes) and never be late.
- 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.
- Express sincere interest in both the company and position.
- Maintain good eye contact.
- Extend a firm, friendly handshake.
- De-emphasize money and fringe benefits.
- Give direct responses to questions.
- Express yourself clearly (voice, diction, grammar).
- Exhibit confidence and poise (at ease, calm, relaxed).
- Exhibit tact and courteous, well-mannered behavior.
- Express a career purpose and interest in long-term opportunities (goals).
- Indicate participation in company activities (team player).
- Show interest in finding a good career opportunity.
- Express appreciation for interviewer's time.
- Follow up appropriately after each interview (phone call, thank you letter, etc.).