Resume and Interview Tips
Why is it important?
Because the application is your first chance to present your skills to the employer.
Tips for applying in person:
However, today most companies are asking applicants to apply online.
Tips for applying online:
(1) Personal Data Sheets:
PDS are useful tools that help you fill out an application. You do NOT turn this in to the employer. Keep your fact sheet up to date for future job searches. Items on PDS include:
What is a resume?
A brief written account of background, work experience, and professional qualifications (that use SPECIFIC examples). The objective of your resume is to get you an interview, and the interview will get you the job (hopefully)!
Dos and Don'ts
Items to include:
-see blank resume template
An important thing to remember when you are first assembling your resume is to be specific when it comes to your experience and qualifications.
Food server (becomes)
Provided friendly and efficient customer service by accurately taking food orders and delivering in timely manner.
Grant writer (becomes)
Procured over $22,000.00 in federal and state funds by writing 3 grants in a 15 month period.
In a sea of resumes, how do you make your stand out?
1) Tailor the resume to the position- You would be surprised how many people send out a “one size fits all” resume.
2) Make it you- ask yourself, “does this document convey what I want it to convey about me?”
3) Ask for constructive criticism- a fresh pair of eyes can do your resume a world of good
…which brings up our next point
Prepare and Practice
Prepare: your answers to typical interview questions
Practice: saying your responses out loud. Using a friend or family member can help
See Sample Interview Questions hand out
Always follow up with “thank you” note to show your continued interest in the position.