Your resume is a sales tool, and you are the product. This personal brochure should give the employer enough information to decide whether to contact you for a personal interview.
- Make sure the employer knows how to contact you. Your telephone numbers (home and cell phone, if using) should be current.
- Use a professional, generic e-mail address. Your name or first initial and last name @gmail is sufficient.
- Your resume should clearly set out your skills, talent, and technical ability. It will also show your education, accomplishments, and experience to substantiate statements you make.
The chronological format is easiest to read and understand.
- When meeting with a prospective employer, every detail of your appearance is important. Dress neatly and conservatively.
- Communicate clearly and politely. Your interview starts the moment you set foot on company property, so be respectful to everyone you encounter.
- Do not make the mistake of being too casual or overly confident. No matter how well-qualified you may be, you still have to sell yourself to the employer.
- Bring at least two copies of your resume to the interview, along with copies of references and any other supporting documents.
- Never say anything derogatory about a previous employer – even if the interviewer says something negative first.
- Practice answers to possible interview questions in advance so that you aren’t taken by surprise. Be prepared for a behaviour-based interview. In this scenario, you’ll want to reply giving context, action, and a clear result whenever possible.
- Have some questions ready for the interviewer. Research the company in detail before the interview.