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Resume & Interview Tips

Following these tips will increase your chances of getting placed quickly.

Resume Tips

A well written resume says a lot about the person who wrote it. The better written the resume will usually mean a better quality candidate to the person reviewing it. Here are some helpful tips on how to write a better resume:

Include the month and year for every position listed on a resume.

Include any accomplishments or awards at the top of each position.

Keep your resume in bullet form versus paragraph form. The last thing a company wants to do is have to read a resume.

Try to keep a resume to one page. If not possible it should not be any longer than two pages.

Education should be listed at the bottom of the resume versus at the top, unless you are a recent college graduate and have no work experience.

Keep personal information that is unrelated to the job out of a resume.

If you are going to have an objective, customize it for each company. Generic objectives can sometimes screen out a candidate.

Proofread a resume for any spelling errors, typos, and incorrect grammar.

Interview Tips

There are several key tips to interviewing well. A well prepared interviewee can really impress a potential employer. Here are some tips to remember and follow before, during, and after an interview:

Before you interview do some research on the company you are interviewing with. In this market, it is important to know as much as possible.

Have educated questions about the company, the industry, and the vision of the role you are interviewing with.

Research competitors of the company and company financials.

Dress professionally no matter what type of position you are applying for.

Arrive about 10 minutes early.

Bring at least one copy of your resume to the interview.

During the interview make sure to make eye contact with the interviewer and always sit up straight.

Elaborate on your answers. Try not to respond with only a yes or a no.

Don’t chew gum or have any candy in your mouth when interviewing.

Make sure to close the interview and ask for next step in the process. Ask for the interviewees recommendation to move forward in the interview process. It is smart to ask how you compare to other candidates in the process- it could be the last time to overcome any hesitations or objections.

Make sure to get a business card so that you can send a follow-up thank you.

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