If you are still in school, you are likely interested in getting a job to get some resume-building experience while also stashing some cash for next year. If you are graduating or already in the job market, you may be seeking a great career opportunity. While resume building is not an “obvious” topic for a blog about being money smart, we see making money as the critical starting point to helping you build your future.
Submitting resumes and searching for a great opportunity is frustrating for everyone. In today’s world of resume scanning technology, voice mails, etc. – what can you do to set yourself apart and get the interview? Consider these tips from the employer’s perspective to learn how to show your future employer why YOU are the one!
These tips apply whether you are a college student seeking an internship OR a seasoned professional looking for a new career opportunity. A few simple steps can help your resume rise to the top!
- Proof read your resume for grammatical errors, typos, and spelling errors. Your bullets should have a consistent verb tense AND should “match” each other. This tip seems so basic is shouldn’t be on this list – yet many job seekers do not do it..
- Focus your goal statement on your résumé and any reference to goals in your cover letter to say that your interest is to use your skills to help your employer. It is amazing how many goal statements say something like “seeking an opportunity where I can apply my skills, experience, and abilities to further build my knowledge”. From an employer’s perspective, that is a lot about “you” without a reference to the value you will bring to the company.
- Submit your résumé with an upbeat cover note, but keep the cover note brief. There are many standardized letters on the web – and using one is fine, but make sure you customize the note to suit your skills and the job you seek.
- Call the company (assuming you know who it is), to confirm they received your résumé and inquire about their timing and process for filling the position.
- Check your social media photos, posts, etc. to make sure a potential employer will not form negative opinions about you based on what they see or read.
When you are invited to interview,
- Ask about the dress code and plan your interview wardrobe to suit.
- Visit the company’s website to learn about their business before your interview.
- Try to find out the name of the people who will interview you, and learn about their positions and backgrounds.
During the interview,
- Make eye contact, relax and smile.
- Treat everyone you meet as if they are the one who will hire you.
- Use your manners.
If you follow these simple guidelines – you WILL shine among your peers. Good luck!
None of this is complicated, yet few manage to take these steps. Those who do will rise to the top and get a great job!
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