A Little Help. 

Resume Writing Tips
  • Use Key Words to Target Job Openings and Include Appropriate Experience

  • Keep It Simple:

    • No Graphics, Pics or Multiple Font Sizes/Styles

    • Use Short, Concise Bullet Points

    • Do Not Use "I" or "Me"

  • Sell Yourself on Paper

    • List Mainly Accomplishments, Achievements and Applicable Job Duties

    • Remember the 10 Second Rule

    • Think of Your Resume as a Professional Ad

  • Get Rid of Unnecessary Sections (i.e. Objective, Summary, etc.)

  • Use Word or PDF Formats

  • Be Professional!

    • Use a Professional Email Address (and Be Sure to Include an Email Address)

    • Proofread w/No Typos

    • Follow Directions and Include Required Documents

    • Update Facebook, Twitter, MySpace Accounts

  • Do Not Surpass Two Pages Unless an Executive Candidate

  • Remove Protected Information (i.e. Religion, Age, Race, etc.)

Cover Letter Writing Tips

A standard cover letter is great to have, but don't waste too much time or effort on crafting the perfect cover letter. Resumes are usually the first documents being looked at by a hiring manager. If your resume is of interest to the hiring manager, then he/she will read the cover letter to obtain more info on your writing style, ability to sell yourself on paper, etc. So, your resume is the bait, and your cover letter should provide consistent, yet concise/summarized, backup.   

Remember, you should be conducting a marketing campaign, so penetrate the market w/your resume and cover letter. Keep your cover letter clean, consistent and simple as well. Your cover letter and resume should be written in the same format; same font w/very few style changes; use the same heading and your cover letter should compliment what is written in your resume. This helps to create a professional brand for the reader or hiring manager.

Interview Tips
  • Come Prepared

    • Research the Company, Company Culture, Industry and Products/Services

    • Find Out If You Know Current Employees and Network With Them (Use LinkedIn)

  • Dress Professionally and Be On Time

  • Ask Questions and Stay Involved in the Interview

  • Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

    • Be Able to List a "Positive Weakness" (i.e. I'm a Perfectionist, etc.)

  • Be Ready to Share Examples of Past Experiences Related to the Job

    • If this is a first or second job, use social/school experience to demonstrate examples

  • Don't Badmouth Past Employers or Co-Workers

  • Be Able to Explain Past Job Changes

  • Know Your Objective for Being There and Close With It (i.e. Sell Yourself Naturally)

  • Send a Thank You Email or Note (Either is Fine!)

 

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