Find solutions and tips to land your ideal job. Relevant résumé designs and on-point interviewing techniques establish you as a multi-faceted candidate with the skills employers seek.
Step 1: Heading
- First and last name
- Current address, accessible phone number
- Professional email
- Preferred: email with your first and last name
- Not preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Education
- Current education
- GPA, if over 3.0
- Official name of your degree (never abbreviate)
- Graduation date (right align)
Step 3: Work Experience
- Any type of work-related experiences need to be listed
- Include work or internship experiences
- Names of the companies you worked for
- City and state for each company
- Titles/positions you held along with duties you performed
- Start each sentence with a strong action verb
- Your employment dates for each job (month/year to month/year)
Step 4: Leadership Experience
- Any clubs or organizations
- Include roles and/or duties
- Dates and descriptions of skills/knowledge/competencies, as appropriate
Step 5: Final Touches
- Make sure the highlighted information stands out
- Your name should be the biggest on your resume
- Lines to separate the titles (makes it look cleaner)
- Margins: ½ – 1 inch
- Font: standard size, 12 point
- Limit to one page
Here's a Résumé Checklist.
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Basic Interview Questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why have you chosen this particular field?
- How do others describe you?
- Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
- What's your ideal company?
- Give me an example of a time you were able to contribute to a team project.
- Why should we hire you?
- What did you like least about your last job?
- When were you most satisfied in your job?
- What can you do for us that other candidates can't?
- What were the responsibilities of your last position?
- What do you know about this industry?
- What do you know about our company?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Behavioral Interview Questions
- What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
- Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
- Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
- Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
- Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
- What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
- What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
- If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
- Know the exact time, date and location of the interview prior to the interview day.
- Research the company prior to arriving to the interview.
- Arrive to the interview 10-15 minutes early.
- Wear a suit unless the employer has instructed you to wear something specific.
- Demonstrate good posture, sit up straight, do not fidget and make eye contact.
- Speak and answer questions clearly.
- Shake hands before and after an interview; be mindful of how firm to shake an interviewer’s hand – moderation is important.
- Greet the person who is interviewing you formally (Ms., Mr., Dr.) until the interviewer invites you to do otherwise.
- Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question.
- Take your time when answering questions; if you need to take a brief pause to think about the question, do so no more than 5 seconds.
- Sell yourself and experience in a positive way no one else can sell you.
- Treat people you encounter going into the interview with respect.
- Be honest, and be yourself.
- Ask questions at the end of the interview.
- Leave your cell phone in the car.
- Practice good hygiene (e.g., hair is groomed).
- Write a handwritten thank-you letter promptly after the interview.
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