Resume and interview tips


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When it comes to writing a resume, don’t think that you have to include all the jobs you’ve had. There are times when you would be better off not having some of them on your resume. It’s recommended that you include only those that could showcase your work ethic and technical skills. But of course, you are likely to be asked about the gap in your resume, so you must be prepared to explain them.

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Resume and interview tips

  1. 1. 781 Spadina Road, Suite B Toronto ON M5P 2X5 1-866-486-4112
  2. 2. those jobs that didn’t end so well. But if you were asked if you had ever been fired, don’t hesitate to tell the truth. Keep in mind that there are many ways a hiring manager could possibly know what your employment record is. You must be honest at all times, but know when to downplay the facts that may not have a good effect on your application. When it comes to writing a resume, don’t think that you have to include all the jobs you’ve had. There are times when you would be better off not having some of them on your resume. It’s recommended that you include only those that could showcase your work ethic and technical skills. But of course, you are likely to be asked about the gap in your resume, so you must be prepared to explain them. Unrelated Experience If you think a particular work experience is far from being relevant to the position you are applying for, then it’s appropriate to leave it out. You may also choose not to include those jobs you had 15 or more years ago. Remember that employers are most interested in what you did most recently. Years instead of Months Using years only to indicate the length of your employment is better than including months. This way, you wouldn’t even be required to explain contract work, short term jobs, and even those periods when you were unemployed. Many employers aren’t fond of seeing numerous short term jobs on their applicants’ resume. If, for instance, you were employed in three different companies in a span of one year, you had better not include all of them. This doesn’t mean you should lie on your resume. What we mean here is that you need not include the information that could make you undesirable for employers. Getting Fired If getting fired was the reason you lost a job, you probably don’t want your potential employer to know this. It will be for your best interest if you leave out Resume Gaps If you have large gaps in your resume, you must be prepared to answer questions related to these gaps. Remember that you don’t need to bring this topic up unless you are directly asked about it. Have some practiced statements and rehearse explaining them so that you will not look nervous in case you get asked about it during your job interview. Having a job interview is one of the most challenging parts of looking for a job. In fact, it could be nerve wrecking, particularly if there are details in your resume you must explain, such as frequent job change. But by choosing what to include and exclude in your resume, you will be able to customize your resume according to the position you are applying for. If you are currently looking for a job, one of the questions you may have in mind is “what is the ideal length of resume?”. In the past, job searchers were advised to make just a single page resume. In fact, those who use longer resumes were not expected to be successful in their job search. But times have changed, and there have been several changes in terms of the qualities of a well-written resume. If you are wondering about how long your resume should be, well basically, it must be long enough to
  3. 3. impress hiring managers and convince them to call you in for a job interview. This isn’t quite a clear rule, as you would notice, because there is actually no specific rule on resume length that will apply to all job seekers. There are several factors that need to be considered, such as your years of experience, your career objective, the industry you belong to, and even the level of education or training you’ve attained. These are the facts you should keep in mind when writing a resume: - Your resume is not a form of autobiography. It is your tool to market yourself to potential employers. With that said, it must be accurate and targeted only on your qualities that employers will buy. Don’t pay much attention to your experiences that are not in any way related to your current career goal. It is important that every single word in your resume reflect your credentials and must show how valuable you will be to your future organization. - Acknowledge the fact that there are hundreds of other resumes that hiring managers have to go through to fill in a particular position. This is why they just don’t have the time to take a closer look at each of these resumes. What they do is glance at each resume and choose which ones deserve to be considered for an interview. And so, you have to make sure that your best qualifications and qualities are easily visible in your resume. All in all, a once-page resume is advisable if your work experience is not over 10 years. If you are in the process of changing careers and you feel your past experience isn’t relevant to the job you’re applying for, better go for a shorter resume. On the other hand, a two-page resume is applicable if you have been in the industry for more than 10 years. Especially if your field of expertise involves engineering or technical skills, you will definitely need enough space to list all of them to show off your technical knowledge. Don’t forget to put all the relevant and attractive points at the beginning of the first page. This way, you will have a better chance of being called for a job interview. If you want to increase your chances of being successful in your job interview, thorough preparation is a must. There isn’t really a certain formula that you can use as employers also differ in terms of how they approach their job applicants. Nevertheless, you should know the basic requirements and structure of a job interview. Whether it is your first job or you had a job change, you still need to know what your prospective employer is expecting from you. Thus, it is recommended that you do enough research about the company you are applying for, and if possible, you can practice your lines with someone who has had an experience in having an interview. Must Haves for an Interview You should not expect your prospective employers to ask you to bring these things, but still, make sure that you have them with you during the interview. Invite to the interview- your invite should also contain the directions to the venue of the interview, as well as the names of the personnel you are going to meet. Job description- most companies send a copy of the job description to their applicants before the scheduled interview. Be sure to have this copy with you so that you can use it as a reference in case you forget the details of the job you are applying for.
  4. 4. CV- although you will have provided the hiring manager with a copy of your CV, you shouldn’t take chances. There is always a possibility of them losing the copy you sent. Thus, by bringing an extra copy, you will never have to worry. Bottled Water- it is possible that you will be offered a drink, but just in case you are not, it is good that you have your own water with you. Notepad- ideally, you would want to make a list of questions you are going to ask your interviewer. This is a good strategy because it could mean that you are enthusiastic about becoming part of the organization. Taking Too Much Isn’t a Good Idea If it is your first interview, it is natural for you to feel excited and nervous at the same time. Feeling this way could lead you to thinking that you should show the interviewer everything you have that could impress them. This is a mistake because if you do this, they may lose interest in knowing YOU more. Whether you are changing jobs or looking for your first job, think of your interview as a chance for you to converse with a potential employer. Thus, the most important preparation you should make is within you. Be physically, emotionally, and mentally prepared to show the interviewer that you are the person they are looking for.