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Castro, Art Ruszell H.

March 4, 2017
20120101373 Mam Jaldo

Tips in writing and Effective Resume

1. Format Your Resume Wisely "Do the Hiring Managers" Work for Them

No matter how well written, your resume won't get a thorough reading the first time
through. Generally a resume gets scanned for 25 seconds. Scanning is more difficult if it
is hard to read, poorly organized or exceeds two pages.

 Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings

 Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader's eye

 Use bullets to call attention to important points (i.e. accomplishments)

2. Identify Accomplishments not Just Job Descriptions

Hiring managers, especially in technical fields like engineering, seek candidates that
can help them solve a problem or satisfy a need within their company. Consequently,
you can't be a solution to their problems without stating how you solved similar
problems in other companies and situations.

 Focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was there's a difference

 Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments

 For each point ask yourself, What was the benefit of having done what I did?

 Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else

 Avoid using the generic descriptions of the jobs you originally applied for or held

3. Quantify Your Accomplishments

Q: What's the most common resume mistake?
A: Making too many general claims and using too much industry jargon that does not
market the candidate. A resume is a marketing document designed to sell your skills
and strengths rather than just portray a bio of the candidate.

 Include and highlight specific achievements that present a comprehensive picture
of your marketability

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No need to memorize responses (in fact. or will you meet several members of the organization? Your goal is to try to determine what you’ll be asked and to compose detailed yet concise responses that focus on specific examples and accomplishments. March 4.Castro. the more you’ll understand the employer. and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct. resumes. and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions (as well as ask insightful questions — see #8). Conduct Research on the Employer. First. Scour the organization’s website and other published materials. research tools. A good tool for remembering your responses is to put them into a story form that you can tell in the interview. search engines. Hiring Manager. Tips during Job Interview 10 Best Job Interview Tips for Jobseekers When you have successfully mastered cover letters. You should understand the employer. This article focuses on the ten most important job interviewing tips for jobseekers. and ask questions about the company in your network of contacts 2. 1. . the requirements of the job. Art Ruszell H. and job applications and are receiving requests for interviews. it’s time to understand how to succeed in the job interview so that you are ever closer to your goal of obtaining one or more job offers. and Job Opportunity Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the jobseeker’s part. Will it be one-on-one or in a group? Will it be with one person. it’s best not to). Review Common Interview Questions and Prepare Your Responses Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. 2017 20120101373 Mam Jaldo  People listed in the alumni directory of your alma mater With a solid resume in hand you'll greatly increase your odds of earning a closer look and getting that interview. but do develop talking points. ask the hiring manager as to the type of interview to expect.

At the same time. 4. and offer a firm – but not bone-crushing – handshake. Finally. no matter how much an interviewer might bait you. you’ll ideally avoid long. never badmouth a previous . Make Good First Impressions A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet — from the parking attendant to the receptionist to the hiring manager. responding truthfully to interview questions. studies show that hiring managers make critical decisions about job applicants in the first 20 minutes of the interview. (And if you were chewing gum. as you get to the offices. 6. Dress for Success Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture.Castro. keep in mind that first impressions — the impression interviewers get in the first few seconds of meeting you — can make or break an interview. Art Ruszell H. striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. rambling responses that bore interviewers. make eye contact. shut off your cell phone. strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work. Finally. By preparing responses to common interview questions (see #2).) 5. Focused. bring those along too. Make a strong first impression by dressing well (see #3). Candid. arriving early (see #4). Confident. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under — and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Your goal should always be authenticity. smile. the key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Upbeat. Always attempt to keep your interview responses short and to the point. stand. and when greeting your interviewer. remember to pack several pens and a pad of paper to jot notes. experience. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview — and if possible. Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview There is no excuse ever for arriving late to an interview. Be Authentic. Provide solid examples of solutions and accomplishments — but keep your responses short and to the point. Remember that having a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm for the job and employer are vital in the initial stages of the interview. Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace. your goal is to get to the next step. Short of a disaster. get rid of it. When it’s time for the interview. so you’ll want to provide focused responses that showcase your skills. pack up extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. March 4. Keep accessories and jewellery to a minimum. and fit — with the job and the employer. The day before the interview. 2017 20120101373 Mam Jaldo 3. brush your teeth or use mouthwash. and Concise Once the interview starts. Finally. Employers often are curious how job applicants treat staff members — and your job offer could easily be derailed if you’re rude or arrogant to any of the staff. Arrive on Time.

2017 20120101373 Mam Jaldo employer. 9. touching your face. solid posture. you must ask a few questions. Make a Lasting Impression at Job Interviews Using Questions. Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. or mumbling. This shows that you have done your research and that you are curious. Art Ruszell H. Effective forms of body language include smiling. 10. You are the salesperson — and the product you are selling to the employer is your ability to fill the organization’s needs. propel its success. brushing back your hair. For an idea of questions you could ask at the interview. Finally. Common courtesy and politeness go far in interviewing. department. Detrimental forms of body language include slouching. Thank Interviewer(s) in Person. Ask Insightful Questions. poor body language can be a distraction at best — or a reason not to hire you at worst. Thus. solve its problems. the importance of thanking each person who interviews you should come as no surprise. Remember the Importance of Body Language While the content of your interview responses is paramount. fidgeting in a chair. ask about the next steps in the process and the timetable in which the employer expects to use to make a decision about the position. playing with a pen. and organization. by Email. Questions You Can Ask at the Job Interview.Castro. thus. as well as our article. The interview is about you — and making your case that you are the ideal candidate for the job. active listening. boss. Writing thank-you emails and notes shortly after the interview will not get you the job . chewing gum. looking off in the distance. 8. Some liken the job interview to a sales call. the winning candidate is often the jobseeker who does the best job responding to interview questions and showcasing his or her fit with the job. Sell Yourself and then Close the Deal The most qualified applicant is not always the one who is hired. see our article. Start the process while at the interview. eye contact. The smart jobseeker prepares questions to ask days before the interview. or Postal Mail. and nodding. or co-worker. March 4. 7. even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected. adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. thanking each person who interviewed you before you leave. as the interview winds down.

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