In today's competitive employment
market, your resume has to stand out to get the attention of the decision maker
and create a strong interest. Employers are inundated with resumes so you have
thirty seconds to separate yourself and create a positive impression.
Organize your thoughts in a clear
concise manner. Remember, your resume is written for the employer, not you. It
must answer the following questions: How do you present yourself to others? What
have you done in the past? What will you accomplish in the future?
Proofread your resume for errors in
spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Also check dates of employment and confirm
Do not put your Social Security Number
on your resume for security reasons.
Bring extra copies for your visit.
Directions: Get directions prior to
your interview so you don't get lost and arrive late. If for some reason you're
running late, call ahead to ask if you can reschedule for later the same day or,
if not, later in the week. If something unexpected happens that you have no
control over, simply explain the situation to the employer when you arrive.
Enthusiasm: Leave no doubt as to your
interest in the job. All things being equal an employer will choose the
candidate they like best, who shows they want the job.
Questions to Ask
What is the most important issue facing
How could I help you accomplish your
Is there a particular skill or
attribute necessary for the person in this role?
Questions to Expect
Why do you want to leave your current
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Where do you see yourself in five
What are your goals?
How soon can you start the position if
it were offered?
What are your salary expectations?
Response: " I feel the opportunity
is the most important issue, not salary. If we decide to work together, I'm sure
you will make me a fair offer."