Job Interview Quick Tips

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As Will Rogers said, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is particularly true in a job interview. To help you make that first impression your best, here are ten job interview quick tips:

  1. Before the interview, make sure any social networking account connected to your name is either set to “private” or 100% professional. Facebook is constantly changing their privacy settings, so even if you think it’s private, double check!
  2. If you are applying for a job at a restaurant or retail position, dressing in similar colors to the employee uniform can subtly encourage the interviewer to picture you as one of their coworkers.
  3. Show up ten to fifteen minutes early for the interview – no more, no less. Obviously, being late makes you look unprofessional, but being too early can be perceived as desperate. Showing up too early can also be awkward for the interviewer, especially if it is a small office without a separate waiting room, where there is nothing for you to do but sit and stare at people working. …Click to read more…

The Three Resume Types

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There are three basic resume types: chronological, functional, and a combination or hybrid. Whether you’re writing your first resume or updating your resume for the hundredth time, it’s important to consider which format will work the best for you.

1. Chronological

When most people think of resumes, they think of the chronological resume. The chronological format should probably be called “reverse chronological format”, as it lists each job starting with the most recent and moving backwards.

The chronological format is designed to highlight the progression and growth of a professional life. This format is the most traditional. For the job hunter, this format is the easiest to write. For the employer, this format is the easiest to follow and read. Some employers will have only ever seen this type of resume, and may be a little thrown off by a different format.

However, the chronological format can deemphasize skills and personal strengths. Because it is focused on past jobs, it can make changing careers or employment tracks more difficult. The chronological format emphasizes time and dates, which can be a big disadvantage for anyone with short-term employment or employment gaps. This can be a particular drawback for anyone who has had to take time away from working due to illness or disability. …Click to read more…

Ten Resume Quick Tips

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Your resume has about 30 seconds to make a good first impression. Keep it to one page, and make this the best single page of writing you’ve ever written. To help you in this tremendous task, here are ten resume quick tips:

  1. Proofread, and proofread again. Don’t rely on spellcheck to catch every mistake! Spellcheck can’t tell if you meant to write “oversee” or “oversea”.
  2. Read backwards. When you have read and re-read the same document, you can become too familiar with the text, and it becomes easy to miss mistakes. The second or third time you proofread, read your resume backwards, sentence by sentence. Reading backwards forces you to read with “new eyes”, and you’ll notice things about the document you may have missed before.
  3. Get a friend to proofread it again. They will notice any mistakes you missed, and they may remember things about your work history or skills that you forgot to mention. …Click to read more…