An applicant’s resume is a vital part of the job selection process. Many times, your resume is either the first and/or last thing an employer views before making their decision. Your resume is an on-paper representation of your achievements and what you can offer to a future employer. Intimidated yet? Don’t be, just implement some of this advice that I’ve compiled and you’ll be sure to impress your next boss.
1. Remember the purpose of your resume: The purpose of a resume isn’t exactly to get you the job. It is to land the interview!
2. Keep your resume a page long: Employers might have a pile of resumes to look through and not much time. You don’t want to bore an employer. Stick to your best and most recent accomplishments. Employers don’t really care about what you did high school.
3. Highlight important information
4. Be clear: Use effective titles for your past positions that describe what exactly your job was
5. Use keywords: Research the position you are applying for and the company’s mission statement. Try to include these keywords in your resume
6. Proofread! Make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors. The resume should look as professional as you can make it, and your employer is expecting it to be this way because you are putting your best foot forward
7. List experience in reverse chronological order (most recent first)
Okay, so you landed the interview. What is the next step??
When you come into the interview it is important to…
1. Present yourself well: Be early, dress appropriately for the job, and make sure you are well-groomed
2. Learn about the organization before hand: Your potential employer will be impressed if you know some facts about the organization as well as having a good idea of the position you are applying for.
3. Show interest: Use good body language and appear pleasant, alert, and engaged in the interview