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Resume Tips

Your resume should be the best, most professional representation of you and your experience as it can be.

Remember your audience—they don't know you or your skills. Don't assume they will know you have a certain type of skill or experience.

Tailor your resume to the jobs you are applying to. If a job you are applying to has specific requirements and your experience meets those requirements, make sure it is included on your resume.

List all technology skills, not just what you are presently using. This shows that you are technology savvy and you can learn new programs easily.

Make sure you include all of your contact information.

Keep it short but don't leave out the important details. One page is best. More than one page is acceptable but only if you have the years and level of experience to warrant it.

Proofread, proofread, and proofread again! Have a friend or family member read it as well.

Keep the format simple and clean, including the font. The font should never be smaller than 10 pt.

Remove anything that doesn’t belong, including: quotes, photos, other images, or any personal embellishments.

Interview Tips

Make sure you arrive at the interview dressed appropriately and professionally; your nails and hair should be neatly done. Please refrain from wearing heavy makeup or perfume.

Do not be late but also, don't arrive too early either. You should arrive in the company's reception area no earlier than ten to fifteen minutes before the scheduled time.

Have your directions ready to go, and don't forget to bring their contact information in case you're late (but don't be).

Always bring copies of your resume, letters of recommendation, lists of references, and any other appropriate documents.

Come prepared. Make sure you thoroughly research the company, its history, and its people.

Think of possible questions you may be asked and how you might respond.

Prepare questions that you have about the company and position.  Do not ask about salary, benefits, paid time off (the "what will you do for me" questions).

When greeting a prospective employer, use a firm handshake, smile, and maintain eye contact.

Make sure your cell phone is turned off (not just silent or vibrate).

Listen to your interviewer and don't ramble in your responses.  Think about your answer before speaking.  It's ok for there to be silence after you answer a question!

Be prepared to provide specific examples portraying why you are qualified for the position.

Show interest in the position and the company. Pay attention, make eye contact, and remember your body language.

When talking about your previous or current position, always focus on the positives.  If there is a negative situation that you need to explain, always end on the positive. What did you learn from the experience?

Think about whom you are interviewing with and adjust your answers to their questions appropriately. For example: If it is a technical position and the person you are interviewing with is not technical.

Be sure to collect business cards from the individuals you meet so you can write thank you notes.  A handwritten note or an email are both appropriate. E-cards are not.

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