Resume & Interview Help 1

Resume & Interview Help

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Think like an Employer!

Try these resources, and develop effective resumes and applications for your job search.

Application Do’s and Do Not’s

Do:

  • 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.

Interview Prep

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

Interview Etiquette

  • 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!

Interview Prep infographic

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