Looking for a Job – Tips and Tricks

How to Pull Off A Job Interview

An interview gives you an opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared.  The following information provides some helpful hints:

  • Lean about the organization you will be interviewing for.
  • Have a specific job in mind.
  • Review your qualifications for the job.
  • Pretend to be an actor trying out for a part.  Your attire plays a supporting role.  Dress according to the industry standard.
  • Know the exact location you are going to so you can arrive at least 10-minutes early.
  • Be nice to everyone you encounter, including the receptionist.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Be poised.
  • Be positive; never speak negatively of your previous or current employer.
  • Respond intelligently to question and provide examples of your experience as it relates to the question.
  • Be honest.
  • Prepare intelligent questions to ask the interviewer.  This is a good time to determine if this is the type of company that you want to work for, but remain tactful, cordial and respectful.
  • Make notes after the interview so you can include important details in your “thank you” letter.

Resume Tips

Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your changes of landing that dream job.

  • Know the purpose of your resume.
  • Back-up your qualities and strengths.
  • Keep the objective brief and consistent with your education and experience.
  • Be honest.
  • Each resume should be tailored to the job you’re seeking.  Prioritize accomplishments, skills and experiences that are relevant to the prospective employer.
  • Concentrate on describing key experience and skills.
  • Make sure you use the right key words.
  • Use effective titles.
  • Bullet sentences to describe your experience.  Do not write paragraphs.  Each sentence should begin with an action word like achieved, administered, analyzed, budgeted, coordinated, designed, implemented and strategized.
  • Be sure to have your resume proofread by someone other than yourself before distribution.  It must be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Use high-quality, bright white paper.
  • Save your resume as a text (.txt) document in order to copy and paste it on-line.
  • Do not send your resume as an attachment unless the prospective employer directs you to do so.

 

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