With the internet filled with “How Tos”, you should not have a problem writing the perfect resume. However, here are a few quick simple reminders that make a difference.
- Include a professional summary. Professional summaries are a good way to introduce your skill sets to a recruiter. Yours should reflect the experiences and skills outlined in your resume and be written clearly to grab a recruiter’s attention.
- Proofread your resume. Review the content of your resume and remove formatting, spelling and grammatical errors. It never makes a good impression when these kinds of errors are present.
- Include all your contact information. Remember, opportunities are short lived – make sure the recruiter can contact you easily. Be sure to include all of your telephone numbers and email addresses, and answer any queries promptly.
- Highlight your relevant skills. Include the versions of software tools used and the amount of time you used them. This will give a clearer understanding of your strengths and any potential you may have within a client’s company.
- State your education information with the degrees. Include any relevant special training. The needs of clients vary tremendously; sometimes it’s the additional training or classes you took that win you the opportunity.
- List employment dates. Employment dates are important when documenting your employment history. We realize that there may be times when dates are not consecutive, but leaving them out may cause a client to believe that you are being vague and non-committal. The best format to use is month-year to month-year.
- Represent your work history accurately: If you were a consultant or contractor, indicate such.
- Tailor your resume to fit the job opportunity. You want to add in key words or phrases from the job description within the body of the resume to show relevant experience.
With such fierce competition in the workforce, successfully conquering an interview is critical. Portraying yourself honestly and appropriately through good verbal communication, body language, combined with skills noted on your resume or application, you can improve your chances of landing the job of your dreams.
Actions can speak louder than words, so it’s important to “say” the right things using body language.
- Have a confident posture. Stand straight with your shoulder back and your head held high as you walk into the interview room. First impressions count!
- Sit up straight and look attentive. Being slouched over or slumped down in your chair can make you seem uninterested.
- Make eye contact. Eye contact and an occasional nod shows you are listening. Ask clarifying questions, if needed.
- Have a professional and polished look. Although the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” many people do. Interviewers may judge you on your appearance alone, so make sure you look presentable. Wash and dry your hair completely and style it in a professional, neat manner. Make sure your clothes are clean, ironed and fitting appropriately. Try to avoid excessive perfumes and highly scented lotions.
Communicate to the best of your abilities to help the hiring manager/team assess your talents and fit with the team and organization.
- Speak loudly and articulate your words when answering questions. Mumbling will only leave those around the table confused.
- Provide details to describe the situation or skill. Be ready and put some thought into your answers. One-word answers and “Uh huhs” do not tell much about you. Avoid slang or curse words. Stick with educated, professional speech.
Before going into the interview, know as much about the company and the position as possible.
- Study up. Review the company’s website, read financial reports and talk to employees if you have the opportunity.
- Brainstorm interview questions. Identify possible questions they may ask you and prepare answers.
- Come prepared. Bring a clean resume free of any errors, a list of reference names and their contact information and anything else that may help you get the job, such as a portfolio of your work.
Other Helpful Tips
- Show interest. While interviewers ask many questions, have a list of things you’d like to ask them as well.