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Title: Resume and Interview Tips (1)

Top Resume CV Tips

Application process
  • Why is it important?
  • Because the application is your first chance to
    present your skills to the employer.
  • Read the entire application form before you start
    filling it out. Read the instructions carefully
    and follow them exactly.
  • Remember that employers often judge the
    appearance of an application as a clue to the
    quality of your work.

Application process
  • General Tips
  • Be honest in your answers.
  • Have all the information on hand that you might
    need to fill out an application, such as a
    personal data sheet and resume well get to
  • Fill out the form neatly and accurately.
  • Apply for a specific position, rather than
    entering "anything" or "open" for the desired
  • Leave no blanks.
  • Write "Does Not Apply" (or "N/A" for Not
    Applicable) in the space if the question does not
    apply to you.
  • Explain lengthy gaps in your work history, for
    example, "attending school."
  • Read and check the application for completeness
    before turning it in to the employer.

Application process
  • Tips for applying in person
  • Greet the receptionist politely when requesting
    or submitting an application. The receptionist's
    first impressions are often passed along.
  • Use blue or black ink pens.
  • Bring your own pen (or complete app. ahead of
  • Print clearly and legibly.
  • Be sure to sign and date the application.
  • Mail or turn the application into the correct
    person or place.
  • However, today most companies are asking
    applicants to apply online.

Application process
  • Tips for applying online
  • Have your resume available in electronic form to
    attach or paste into the appropriate fields.
  • Choose a time when you can complete the process
    from beginning to end (can take up to one hour).
  • Be prepared for system crash- save answers as you
    go ICE so you dont have to start over.
  • Proofread- mistakes and typos are not any more
    acceptable online than they are on paper.

Application processthings that make life easier
  • (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
  • Employment history including company names,
    addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of
  • Volunteer work history with community
    organizations including organization names,
    addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of
  • Personal references including names, addresses,
    and telephone numbers (see example PDS)
  • (2) Resumes.

  • 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)!
  • Sample Resume
  • Typically submitted to employer with the
  • Historically, resumes were printed professionally
    on nice stock paper. However, today most
    employers are wanting electronic versions (like
    Microsoft Word and PDF).

  • Dos and Don'ts
  • No errors! Use spell-check, proofread, AND have
    others look over it.
  • Use perfect punctuation, grammar, and spelling to
    demonstrate you are able to communicate
  • Be concise. Employers typically scan resumes
    quickly. Save the detail for your interview.

  • Items to include
  • Contact information
  • Objective statement
  • Education
  • Work (or Professional) experience
  • Special skills
  • -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.
  • Examples
  • 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
  • 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
  • 3) Ask for constructive criticism- a fresh pair
    of eyes can do your resume a world of good
  • which brings up our next point

Interview techniquesBefore the interview
  • Prepare and Practice
  • Prepare your answers to typical interview
  • Practice saying your responses out loud. Using a
    friend or family member can help
  • See Sample Interview Questions hand out

Interview techniquesduring the interview
  • Be on time (and by this, we mean 5-10 min. early)
  • Make eye contact
  • Firm hand shake
  • Stay calm
  • Speak audibly and clearly
  • Practice good posture and be conscious of your
    body language
  • Know and avoid your nervous habits (EX Do you
    constantly pull at your neck collar? Do you say
    like or umm a lot?)
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Interview techniquesafter the interview
  • Follow Up
  • Always follow up with thank you note to show
    your continued interest in the position.
  • If you interviewed with more than one person,
    send note to each interviewer.
  • Interviewers tend to prefer old fashioned, hand
    written notes. So, no thank you emails!

Good Luck!
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