Preparing for the Job Search
|Quick Tips: Basic Resumes -
What They Contain
- Neatness - clean, clear typeface, crisp bond paper
(no dirt spots). No spelling, grammar or punctuation errors.
- Logical Organization - information presented in a
sequence that makes sense.
- Simplicity - this includes good use of white space
to help reader's flow.
- Tailored Resumes - Each job needs a resume that
matches the published requirements.
First you are going to create a picture of yourself as a worker on paper by creating a list of everything you've done that might make you marketable.
- List all training/education you've had. Be sure to include all workshops, and seminars.
- List all work experience including volunteer positions.
- Break all work experience into specific positions and then break each position into the skills you had to have in order to do that job.
You now have a skill list that you can use for a job application or a resume.
Having a resume can make filling out an application a lot easier. You don't have to worry that you've forgotten to include something. It also helps you remember dates. You can always attach the resume to the job application.
What Should Your Resume Look Like?
There are many different kinds and it depends on the job you are applying for. Resumes should always be job specific.
Here are some links that might help you decide what your resume should look like.
The Interview - Make or Break
It is amazing how many people who look good on paper and have all the right qualifications come in and blow the interview.
- Think about your appearance. Even if the work atmospheres is casual, dress just a little better than everyday for an interview. If you know someone in the work environment, ask them how people dress. Don�t forget to bathe and don�t use too much perfume or after shave.
- Be prepared. Do your homework on the company so you can demonstrate your value.
- Be on time. You don�t want to be too early, but if you are unfamiliar with the location you are going to, make sure you have checked it out. You do not want to arrive late for an interview.
- Remember your manners. In many organizations, you will be evaluated by everyone you meet on the way to the interview, including the receptionist or secretary.
- Follow-up. A follow-up thank you note for the opportunity to interview is something people appreciate and notice.
Here are a couple of links to some good advice about interviewing: