Interview Tip of the Month
Top Resume Tips to catch an Employers eye
1. Create a professional email address - Choose a professional email provider like Gmail or Outlook. Use your name. - Example: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Update your contact information & have a professional voice mail message
3. Set your font size to 10-12 points
4. Use reverse-chronological order - Start from your most recent job and work your way back
5. Align your content to the left
6. Make strategic use of bold, caps, and italics - Be consistent with your choices. If you’ve made one of your subheadings bold - make them all bold. Try not to overuse anything. The point is to make important information easier to find.
7. Choose an attractive and readable font - Stick to fonts that are easy to read - for example:
8. Only add jobs you’ve had in the past 10-15 years
9. Give your sections simple subheadings - for example:
- Resume Summary
10. Include URLs to social media profiles, personal websites, and your blog - If you have a professional website or blog, include the URL in your contact section
11. Choose a resume format that works for you
There are three types of resume formats:
12. Consider using a professionally designed template
13. Have someone review your resume! Having a second look is a great way to avoid sending your resume with misspelled words and or incorrect grammar!
Best of luck in your search!
Past Interview Tips
Interviews are your chance to sell your skills and abilities. Follow these tips to ace your interview!
Make a list of questions that you would like to ask during the interview.
How will my responsibilities and performance be measured? By whom?
Could you explain your organizational structure?
What computer equipment and software do you use?
What is the organization’s plan for the next five years?
Be prepared - Remember to bring important items to the interview:
Notebook and pens
Extra copies of your resume and a list of references
Copies of letter(s) of recommendation, licenses, transcripts, etc.
Portfolio of work samples
On the day of the interview, remember to:
Plan your schedule so you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
Go by yourself.
Look professional. Dress in a manner appropriate to the job.
Leave your MP3 player, coffee, soda, or backpack at home or in your car.
Turn off your cell phone.
Bring your sense of humor and SMILE!
7 “Must Do’s” when sending your Thank You note after an Interview:
1. Create a clear subject line
2. Open with a personal greeting
3. Express your appreciation
4. Restate that you’re interested in the job
5. Refer to something specific you discussed during an interview
6. Say you can provide additional information and remind them about the established response deadline
7. Close with a professional sign-off
7 Steps to Achieve a Successful Interview:
- Arrive 15 minutes early to your interview.
- Treat everyone you encounter with respect.
- Win them over with your authenticity and positivity.
- Respond truthfully to the questions asked.
- Do not speak negatively about your previous employers.
- Ask about next steps.
- Send a personalized thank you letter after the interview.
You don’t need to seem perfect in the interview to get hired. Don’t try. Be human!
If you seem fake, or if you try too hard to give “perfect” answers, the hiring manager might not be able to get a real sense of what your strengths and weaknesses are. And if they can’t tell, that will prevent you moving forward in the interview process.
Research the industry and company
An interviewer may ask how you perceive his company’s position in its industry, who the firm’s competitors are, what its competitive advantages are, and how it should best go forward. For this reason, avoid trying to thoroughly research a dozen different industries. Focus your job search on just a few industries instead.
Ask great questions!
Employers judge you heavily based on the questions you ask. Running out of questions before you’ve met everyone, or saying, “I don’t have any questions,” can cost you the job.
Asking “bad” questions can cost you the job too. Do your research and ask questions that will show your strength and not your weakness.