Resume & Interview Advice

Resume Advice

Your resume serves one purpose – to get you an interview.  Give the person reviewing your resume the best possible impression by focusing on your “ACES”.

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Appearance – The layout and design of your resume must be easy to read and easy to follow. We have supplied a resume template as an example of how your resume should look.

Content – A resume represents your best work. As a result, it must be flawless. Hiring managers typically follow the “10-second rule,” which means that if the reader of your resume does not see a match between your background and the position in a 10-second glance, odds are your resume will end up in the trash.

To increase the chances that your resume will end up on the hiring manager’s desk, follow these critical guidelines:

  • Your resume should be targeted to each specific job for which you are applying.
  • Misspellings, formatting mistakes, missing information, bad grammar, or talking in first person can be enough to doom your chances.
  • Your resume should be easy to read and easy to follow.
  • Never assume the reader knows what you are talking about – avoid acronyms or insider jargon.
  • Have someone proofread your resume – multiple times!

Evidence – Focus on your actual skills and experience, not just past responsibilities. Your goal should be to ensure you answer these questions:

  • Do you already possess the skills required to do the job successfully?
  • Does your education support the skills required?
  • Do you demonstrate a strong work ethic?
  • Do you go above and beyond what is expected of you?

Read the Interview Advice section below for the best way to answer all of these questions and how to lay out your resume in a fashion that accomplishes your primary purpose – getting that interview.

Sizzle – A compelling, well-written resume should make the reader excited to call you in and speak with you in person. Fortunately, once we represent you as a candidate, our recruitment consultants provide free advice on how to optimize your resume for the best chance of getting hired. Are you ready to upload your resume? Click here to get started.

Interview Advice

The interview is your one and only chance to make a good first impression. The best strategy for success is to be prepared.

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Plan Ahead – Double-check the time and location of your interview to ensure that you are prompt and less stressed on the actual interview day. Arrive early, dress for the desired position, and make sure your cell phone is off.  First impressions are critical!

Body Language – Maintain professional body language, eye contact, and posture. Introduce yourself and firmly shake hands before sitting.

Educate – Familiarize yourself with the position and the company offering the position. Sell yourself as one already invested in this new opportunity.

Attentive – Remain focused and engaged. Pay reasonably enthusiastic attention to every aspect of the discussion. Make eye contact and convey a professional level of interest.

Negative to Positive –  If asked about past failures, know that the interviewer will think your level of experience is pretty shallow if you have had no failures. He or she is trying to gain insight into how you will handle, take responsibility for, and rebound from mistakes. We learn from our mistakes.

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Personal – You may be asked about your life outside work. Most companies want well-rounded, balanced employees, who know how to relax.

Exit from Last Job – You will almost certainly be asked why you left your last position or company. Be honest, but not overly critical or negative.

Questions – Have your own questions to ask about daily tasks attached to the position, performance reviews, technical equipment, and the company’s five-year plan.

Confidence – Companies prefer an employee who portrays him or herself with a high level of confidence. Appear poised and sure of yourself, without seeming arrogant. End on a positive, enthusiastic note. Thank the interviewer for his or her time and the informative, helpful discussion.

After the Interview – Always follow the interview with a “Thank You” note – immediately!