Tips for Job Seekers
Interview Tips | Resume Writing
- Bring a couple of copies of your Resume to the interview
- Research the company and prepare a list of questions / observations that you can discuss when the interviewer gives you the opportunity to do so
- Dress appropriate for the interview and ensure you are well groomed 'Dress for Success'
- Arrive a few minutes early
- Greet each person including the receptionist with a friendly smile and warm greeting
- Greet the interviewer with a friendly but serious greeting and handshake
- Make eye contact with the interviewer at all times
- Keep proper seating posture during the interview (don't slouch or sit casually)
- Take notes and listen carefully
- Discuss your skills and specifically what value you will bring to the company
- Discuss situations from your past that demonstrate how you apply those skills in a productive manner and what achievements resulted
- Be prepared to discuss how you deal with adversity or difficult situations
- Thank the interviewer for their time and ask about next steps
- Send a thank you note or email letting the interviewer know of your sincere interest in the position, highlighting why you would be the right candidate for the job
Your resume is the first impression to a potential employer. It should catch the immediate attention of the reader and contain specific facts that demonstrate your potential value to an organization. Here are some tips to consider when preparing your resume.
There are millions of resumes in circulation on any given day. Recruiters and hiring managers have the tedious duty of determining and identifying serious candidates and thus only allow a very brief view of the average resume. Therefore, your best and most impressive skills and competencies should be featured at the top of the page where the recruiter or hiring manager will most likely look first. If your resume does not impress the viewer in the first few seconds, the chances of the entire resume being viewed is small.
- Read clearly, concisely and free from grammatical or spelling errors
- Be one to two pages in length (in most cases)
- Start with your most important skills and competencies
- Outline work history and education information in a chronological format
- Emphasize degree designations and/or affiliation with professional associations
- Highlight achievements
- Be accurate and truthful stating factual information only
Last, but not least, never put your picture or other personal information on your resume. Never photocopy your resume for an interview. Also have an original clean copy on hand. If you feel that creating a high performance resume is beyond your skills and abilities, contact a professional resume service.
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