Tips for Resume Building and Interviewing

  • Career Services Resume Hints

    A well-designed resume serves two purposes: it helps you get “in the door” for an interview, and it provides the basis for discussion during the interview. Don’t be discouraged if you have had little to no work experience or experience that would not be relevant to the job you are seeking. For someone just out of school, it is how you present your experience that is important and how it portrays you as a potential employee. For someone who is making a transition from one career field to another, it is how you present your qualifications and experience that is important. 

    To assist you with getting started with the development of your resume, we have a Resume Template available in the online job bank. The most commonly used format is a chronological format, but for those who have a longer work history or have similar experience in all jobs, a functional format may be more appropriate. We encourage to use the templates and to provide our office with a draft so we can review it prior to submission to an employer/job opportunity.

    General Guidelines
    • LIMIT YOUR RESUME TO ONE PAGE, if possible. Employers receive many resumes and may not be able to devote a lot time initially to reviewing the resume.

    • ENSURE THAT YOUR RESUME IS ORGANIZED AND IS EASY TO READ. Leave sufficient margins so that the page is not crowded.  Establish a clear and consistent format that is easy for the reader to follow.

    • USE ACTION VERBS TO DESCRIBE YOUR JOB DUTIES AND SKILLS.

    • PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD to ensure that there are no spelling, typographical, or grammatical errors in the resume.

    • DEVELOP A COVER LETTER that can be sent with the resume if requested.

    • BE POSITIVE AND HONEST.

    Common Reasons Why Employers May Not Review Your Resume
    • Poor physical appearance and/or a disorganized appearance

    • Too lengthy – make every effort to fit everything on one page

    • Too short - not including enough information about your skills. qualifications, or employment

    • Including information that may be unrelated to the job for which you are applying

    • Sending the wrong kind of resume for the job for which you are applying. Sometimes a resume needs to be reformatted to be more functional rather than chronological  

    • Not updating a resume with current information or leaving out important information such as your name, mailing address or telephone number

    • Not following the employer’s preference/directions on how to submit your resume/application

     

  • Career Planning & Placement Services Interview and Job Search Hints

    Getting a job requires a consistent and dedicated effort. The harder you work at it, the better your chances are of being successful. The first step is to prepare a marketable resume that demonstrates your personal skills and qualifications for the job. Then you will need to spend time preparing for the job search and interview.

    Interviewing is a learned skill. The more you know about yourself and the more you prepare for the interview, the more successful you will be with your job search.

    The online job bank provides links to interviewing and job search tips. In addition, the following information is offered.

    Preparing for the Job Search
    • Spend time ANALYZING YOUR SKILLS
    • NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK!
    • SPEND adequate TIME on your job search
    • Utilize ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES for your job search
    • Become familiar and comfortable with ONLINE APPLICATION PROCEDURES
    • Keep an ELECTRONIC COPY OF YOUR RESUME with you at all times
    • Set SPECIFIC/ATTAINABLE GOALS and TIMETABLES
    • GET ORGANIZED
    • FOLLOW-UP on all LEADS
    • MAINTAIN YOUR JOB SEARCH EFFORTS


    Preparing for the Interview
    • KNOW YOURSELF and how to relate your personal skills and qualifications to the
      employer’s expectations and needs
    • PREPARE ANSWERS to typically asked questions
    • REVIEW YOUR RESUME to ensure that all information is current; take a copy to the interview.
    • Prepare your LIST OF REFERENCES and take a copy to the interview
    • CONTACT INDIVIDUALS who are listed as references to notify them of your
      interview
    • RESEARCH THE COMPANY - DON’T OVERLOOK A COMPANY just because
      you feel they have nothing to offer. Most companies have diverse needs.
    • Prepare to DRESS FOR SUCCESS
    • PLAN for your TRAVEL on the day of the interview – know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there; have your car in good working order; and ensure that you have the employer’s contact information readily available in case of an emergency

    At the Interview
    • Arrive ON TIME for the interview – at least 15 minutes early
    • Present a PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE/ATTITUDE
    • SHAKE HANDS firmly upon introducing yourself
    • SPEAK CLEARLY and CONCISELY
    • LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE QUESTIONS BEING ASKED
    • Maintain EYE CONTACT with the interviewer(s)
    • AVOID DISTRACTING MANNERISMS
    • Show INTEREST and ENTHUSIASM
    • Be prepared to ASK QUESTIONS
     
    After the Interview
    • ANALYZE THE INTERVIEW- ask yourself how well you answered the questions and how well you demonstrated your skills
    • WRITE a THANK YOU LETTER to the interviewer(s) within 24-48 hours after the interview. Be sure to reference something specific that was discussed in the interview. Also take this opportunity to reiterate your interest in and your qualifications for the position.
    • FOLLOW-UP if it is alright to contact the employer
    • BE PREPARED FOR THE JOB OFFER!!