Having difficulty finding that job of your dreams? Do you find that you are sending out endless resumes, without any response from prospective employers? How do you get the attention of those who are advertising and give yourself the best chance for an interview?
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This section has been designed to provide you with informative tips and hints on how you can break away from the pack and get noticed.
Resume Writing Tips
In addition to very powerful verbiage and eye-catching design, there are a few resume basics that must be followed to generate employer attention. While these are not the only practices that apply, they are general enough to help ensure that you're on the right track.
There should be no typos, misspellings or grammatical mistakes. Print your resume on quality bond paper to give it substance.
Concentrate on the relevant experiences, skills and accomplishments that relate to the industry you wish to pursue.
Limit your information to professional relevance only. Never mention salary information on a resume.
Provide the name and location of the school and type of degree/major. Don't forget to include any professional development activities such as seminars or specialized training.
If you have any sort of project list or portfolio of your work, feel free to add it as an attachment. These additional Materials always help to evaluate your skill level and qualifications
The length of the resume should be maximum two pages.
Always be sure to research the company you are about to interview with. Review their website, this usually gives great insight into the firm and where it is going.
Always try to dress as professional as possible. If you have a suit – wear it! Every company has a different "culture" and environment. In order to "fit in," you will need to dress appropriately for their environment. If in doubt as to what you should wear, always dress up rather than down. Never neglect proper hygiene.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early for the interview, this allows you time to fill out the in-house application at the employer's office. Also, give yourself some time to park and find the actual office.
Be kind and professional to all. Even the front desk receptionist has some power when it comes to an employer choosing new employees. The interview starts right when you walk into the lobby.
Bring a fresh, crisp copy of your resume with you. This makes a good impression on the employer if you bring about 2 or 3 fresh copies of your resume with you. This will make you look well prepared for the interview and it helps just in case you are introduced to other managers.
Be confident in your skills but never oversell yourself, it will always show in the end.
When asked questions Relate them to job related examples, not personal experiences. Try to relate the questions to the most recent work experience.
Have questions to ask towards the end of the interview. Focus your questions regarding advancement and longevity topics. Let the employer feel that you are in it for the long run – you want a long lasting career at their firm.
Commonly asked interview questions
Please take some time to consider how you would answer, below mentioned questions.
Why are you willing to leave your current employer?
What do you know about this position and company? Why are you interested?
What are your short-term and long-term goals?
How do you feel about your current supervisor?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Who have you learned the most from? What was it? Why was it important?
What information is important to you in making a decision about this job change?
What are you currently looking for in salary? Why?
What would you change here?
What could be improved in your boss?
What do you like about your current boss?
When are you available to start?
Starting a new job
When you arrive at your new job, spend some time with the supervisor to ensure you understand your duties / responsibilities and what is expected of you.
Be adaptive, flexible and ready to pitch in wherever you are needed.
Don't be in a hurry to criticize the way things are done, or make special requests.
Take time to learn company policies and procedures.
If you would like to make suggestions, find a way to do so in a constructive, non-confrontational fashion.
Good ideas are always welcome if they are presented in a diplomatic manner
Show initiative and take ownership for your work.
Don't feel ashamed to ask for help when needed.
Always remember to have a positive attitude.
Keep your supervisor up to date on your progress.
Don't ask to leave early or come late when you are still a new employee
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