Job Hiring Resources and Tools
1. Summary of Qualifications – Write a brief summary of your professional background and qualifications. Customize to the needs of the company.
2. Objective – When writing the objective, keep it brief and specific. If you can’t be specific, you should leave it off. Try repeating parts of the advertisement to customize your resume.
3. Education – This area is particularly important especially if you don’t have a great deal of work experience. Use it to highlight your GPA, degree or any related course work or seminars.
4. Work Experience – Four things that should be included when describing your work experience are:
- Position Title
- Company Name
- Dates of previous Employment
Describe your responsibilities, emphasizing your achievements, with action words. List the most important responsibilities first and describe them completely. If you are a student or recent graduate, be sure to include any practicum or volunteer experience you may have.
Computer Knowledge – This area can be used to highlight any relevant computer knowledge you may have. Again, be specific and try to customize this area as much as possible to the company’s needs.
Interests/Activities – In this section, you can include sports, hobbies, social activities or other indicators of how you spend your spare time. This can be used to understand your “personality” or suitability to a particular position.
References – ALWAYS ask individuals if they are willing to be a reference for you. The names are not always listed on the resume, but you should indicate that they can be provided upon request – always have a list prepared. Things to remember to include when listing references are:
- Name & Title
- Name & Address of the Company
- Contact Telephone Numbers
Before the Interview:
Remember, a successful interview depends upon thorough preparation.
- Be Presentable – Make sure that you dress appropriately for the interview. This includes ensuring your hair is neat and your clothes are pressed. Dress confidently! When you feel confident, others will feel confident about you.
- Be on Time – Punctuality is key. NEVER show late for an interview. Leave early for the interview to allow for unexpected factors.
- Do Your Research – Learn as much about the company’s services, products and customers. This will give you a competitive edge and an opportunity to market yourself effectively.
- Be prepared – Bring extra copies of your resume, a list of references, and paper to write any notes or questions. Also, study your resume. The more you know yourself and your resume, the easier it will to provide specific examples of your skills and strengths.
During the Interview:
It is important that during your interview you remember your 3 C’s. Be clear, concise, and confident.
- Show Enthusiasm – Greet them with a firm handshake and demonstrate plenty of eye contact. DO NOT SLOUCH! Sit up straight and lean forward slightly. These things demonstrate confidence.
- Listen – Be attentive. Listening during an interview is extremely important. It shows that you are interested in what the employer is telling you. Also, employers tend to ask lots of questions at the end of the interview. Listening closely will play a big factor in your ability to answer these questions.
- Answer Questions – Make sure you completely understand the questions being asked. Do not try to bluff your way through an answer. Instead, answer the question honestly and completely without rambling. When possible give specific examples of past successes and responsibilities. Never speak negatively about another person or company.
- Ask Questions – Don’t miss the opportunity to find out valuable information by asking questions. Your questions show that you are interested in the company and can be as critical as the responses you give.
After the Interview
Even after the interview it is important to appear confident and interested.
- Follow up – The follow up is another chance to remind the potential employer of your skills and valuable traits. Try sending a thank you letter or email thanking them for the opportunity of employment.
A cover letter is broken down into 3 different areas:
The Opening – A cover letter is used to express your interest in a company, to identify the specific position and to request an interview. Therefore, the opening paragraph must immediately catch the reader’s attention.
The Development – This section is used to highlight specific aspects of your education and work experience that relate to the position to which you are applying. It can also be used to highlight different aspects of your resume that relate to the position as well.
The Conclusion – The concluding paragraph should request a particular action by the reader. Express your interests in meeting for an interview to discuss further your qualifications and employment potential. Also, include information on how you can be contacted in both the day and the evening.
Power verbs are words that can be used in your resume to describe you. This provides employers with a clear understanding of your capabilities. The following words will help your resume stand out from the rest:
- Proficient in
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