Market Your Self

Remember a resume is a marketing tool, a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview. It’s not an official personnel document.

Never lie on your resume.

There is a difference between making the most of your experience and exaggerating or falsifying it. A falsified resume can be easily spotted by an employer (if not immediately then during the interview process), and if it doesn’t prevent you from getting the job, it can cost you the job later on.

Update Your Resume

It is very important to keep your resume updated. Don’t have “9/92 to Present,” if you ended your job two months ago. People perceive that as misrepresentation. Do not cross out and handwrite on your resume. People perceive that as unprofessional.

When You Face The Off-the-wall Questions

They want to see how well you can think on your feet. They want to see if you’ll get rattled. They may want to test your creativity or sense of humor. They want to challenge you. Employers who ask these goofy questions no doubt may feel the questions do relate to job performance. In creating […]

Tailor Your Resume To Fit Job Description

Make sure your resume fits the job description you are interested in. If you have a particular responsibility or experience the posting calls for and it is not reflected in your resume, then put it in. Now. You have to remember: human resources & hiring authorities are looking at between 15-50 resumes a day for […]

Contact Employers Directly

There are several methods and combinations of methods that can be utilized to contact employers directly.   * Send a letter of application and your resume to the Human Resources department or specific managers. This direct contact method is most successful for candidates in high-demand fields (e.g., engineering and computer science). The success of this method […]

Ending The Interview

  * Take a moment, at the end of each interview, to ask when the employer plans to make a hiring decision.   * Make sure you have the names and titles of all those who have interviewed you; collect business cards as you meet people or before you leave.   * Thank each person you meet individually.

Preparing For The Interview

  * Do a dry run to the actual interview site, taking into consideration any possible traffic and weather conditions; a late candidate might not be perceived as the best hire.   * Practice for the interview with a friend or family member to help you get comfortable answering questions about your experience and qualifications; take care […]

Look Good On Paper

Have a professional looking resume and cover letter; take advantage of resume-writing services, such as CareerPerfect. Make sure to have your resume available in multiple formats: print, Web-compatible, and a text version.