Think like an Employer!
Try these resources, and develop effective resumes and applications for your job search.
Application Do’s and Do Not’s
- Mirror the job listing.
- Complete all information as requested.
- Use a professional e-mail address or working phone.
- List your work history in order.
- Emphasize positions or duties from your work history and be specific.
- Spell correctly and then Proofread.
- List a specific salary, unless forced to.
- Write “see resume” to answer a question.
- Write “anything” or “whatever’s available” for the type of work desired.
- Be afraid to use “will discuss at interview” for those ‘sticky’ questions.
Before Interview Day
- Analyze the job – What is the employer looking for? Do you have those skills?
- Research the company
- Practice interviewing common questions with someone
- Know what you are going to ask
- Get your interview clothes ready
Bring On Interview Day
- Extra copies of your resume
- Samples of your work
- Driving directions and maps
- Cell phone
- Interviewer’s contact name and phone number
- Pen and paper to take notes
- Arrive at least 10 minutes early
- Greet everyone politely and enthusiastically
- Watch your body language – shake hands firmly and make eye contact
- Don’t lean back or slump in your chair
- Be attentive and look interested
After Interview Day
- Shake hands, smile, make eye contact, and thank each person including the receptionist.
- Ask for the interviewer’s business card to send a personal thank you letter
- Reflect on how the interview went
- Write a thank you letter with specifics from the interview
Download the Full Interview Prep kit for more information and worksheets to help you prepare!