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Resume Writing Tips
If you wait until the last minute to hand in your resume, you could miss the deadline and risk not being considered for the job.
Tailor Your Resume
Include information on your resume associated with the job you are applying for.
Chunk It Out
If there is a lot of information, break it into separate sections with specific headings.
Use Action Words
Focus on things you have accomplished and avoid starting every sentence with "I."
Please proofread your document very carefully for grammar and spelling. Never rely on spell check.
Make It Presentable
Make sure your resume looks clean and organized. When printing your resume, use white, letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11-inch) and a font that's easy to read, like Times New Roman or Arial.
Keep It Concise
Try to keep your resume as short as possible-ideally one page, two pages maximum.
Lying on your resume is never a good idea. Many people who lie on their applications end up losing their jobs when their employers find out the truth.
Remember, this is a business document, so don't include unnecessary embellishments like flashy paper or a picture of yourself.
Practice your responses to typical job interview questions most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy. Also have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.
Prepare a response so you are ready for the question “What do you know about this company?” Know the interviewer's name and use it during the interview. If you're not sure of their name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
Be On Time
On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take a drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!
Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments, match them to what the company is looking for.