Classes, Languages, Special Interests, Training
Computers, other machines, writing, languages,
dog training, gardening, childcare
Jobs, activities, clubs
The thing to remember is that this document stresses your
skills and talent. Do not lie, but this is not the time to be
There is a vocabulary that is used—you are best off if you use
Two sets of terminology to be conscious of
The typical “strong vocabulary” of the Human Resources
world (see your handouts) in which the people who will
be reading your resume live.
The terms contained in the job description or used in the
field you are applying for—usually found in places like
Monster.com and other places where jobs of this kind
are posted. This is most important for online
applications, where a computer sorting program may be
used to scan an applicant pool.
This accompanies your resume on every
application and directs people at what
experience and skills to focus on
Why are you perfect for that job?
How does your experience fit into the
package that the hiring person is looking for?
The Job Description
3.Blah blah blah
4.Blah blah blah blah
Dear Human Resources Guy,
I am writing to apply for the cool job at your company. My background work in
Awesome thing one has given me the opportunity to do blah, blah blah, and blah blah
blah. I was so fortunate that awesome thing two has made me awesome that way so that
I could blah blah blah blah.
These are things to collect when you have
done something well
the coach when you are a team captain
from the parents of the kids you babysit for
From the advisor of the club where you are an
Or when you need one as specified by the
Relatives only if they employed you
Keep this updated with phone and email information so that you
can copy it into the boxes on the job application forms wherever
Let these people know in advance that you might be giving out
their contact info and if possible for what job(s)
Dropping Off a Resume
Filling Out an Application
Checking on the Status of
If I know your underwear situation, you made a bad
choice. I should not know what they look like but should
be blissfully assuming that you are wearing all the
underwear that your grandmother would want you to…
No Flip Flops
No Sprayed On
No Super High Heels
Just Say No—to Hats,
Gum, Tobacco, Sunglasses,
Piercing Decorations of
And look in the
mirror right before
you enter the building…
If your sandals slap
Your shoes clip clop or tap like you are in a
production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
You teeter precariously on your heels
The bottoms of your shoes are so slippery
that you nearly have wiped out
Your traction is so GOOD that you keep
tripping and lurching forward
DON’T DO IT!
Of course do not go to the company for any
reason right after working out…
Don’t use perfume or cologne—the number of
people with allergies or scent sensitivities is
If you smoke, wear something that has not
been smoked in.
Come with research done on a company.
at the library we have databases like
Reference USA and Business and Company, as
well as newspaper databases.
Google and Facebook the company as well
Maintain eye contact
Come with at least one question to ask,
What do you like best about working here?
Could you describe a typical day at this job, if there is
Make eye contact
No gum—even if your “mouth gets dry”
Kleenex in your pocket if at all sneezy or sniffley
Bring copy of resume and any other relevant documents,
especially the reference list—I know they have it—
somebody has it somewhere else half the time
Use the name that they introduced themselves as at least
once—hopefully you will be able to remember everybody
you talk to so that they can be mentioned in the thank you
Turn off your phone. Not vibrate—off. Unless a member of
your family is in intensive care—then vibrate is
Is this the last thing they see?
Send a thank you note, preferably by mail that
day. Almost nobody else will do it, so you will
Emails on something else are acceptable—
forwarding the info for a book, article, or
website of interest.
Don’t go and immediately try to friend them or
follow them unless they have invited you to do so
Don’t text your thank you note—please. Do not
text them at all unless they invite you to or they
Your Yahoo, Gmail, AIM
What can everybody see?
What is your status message?
What can your networks see?
Do you want the messages that include the F-Bomb to be
on your wall or on your messages? You may not realize
that somebody in one of your networks also works for the
company and has been asked by the hiring professional to
check you out.
Check your Facebook in case your friends may have put
something sick on your wall.
Is the message clear and professional
If there is music, is it music you can listen to
when your grandmother is there?
Now is not the time to leave detailed meetup instructions on your phone…
Your choices may be limited—some
companies have hard and fast rules on this.
Ask if this is a hard and fast rule or a general
the latter, this is when a recommendation
from your volunteer organization, NHS, etc might
If the former and you really want to work there
someday, see if there is a way you can volunteer
or do an internship when they do not have to pay
you. Then you are a known quantity
Babysitting or kid entertainment—supervise kids at the
movies, the mall, Chuck E. Cheese. You may be able to get
more jobs/more money if you take the babysitting course at
Petsitting/Pet walking/Pet feeding
Very Basic Obedience Training if you have done it with your
Yardwork—Spring Cleaning, Stick Pickup, “We pick up what
Fido leaves behind”, Flower Planting, Garden Preparation
(people like to plant the pretty flowers, but digging all
those holes is the pits)
Housework—include gutters, cleaning and vacuuming,
windows, bathrooms, laundry folding— “I will sort all your
Computer assistance (if you are in computer club or
have taken computer classes, let them know) —”I can
get you started on
Downloading your pictures from your camera
Setting up a new computer
Buying an airline ticket on the internet
Your new phone (yes, we do not know how to do half
of the stuff on our phones)
Detailing cars--go to mall or Meijer’s or school
parking lots and you will see minivans with
McDonald’s bags on the floor of the passenger
seat, used juice boxes and french fries in the
back. These women have no time to wait in line
at car washes that could charge them 50.00
Newspapers (harder and harder)
Ask a small restaurant or business if they need
somebody to distribute flyers in a neighborhood
Shopping—some people actually will pay to have
you pick up stuff that they are too busy to pick up
Look for overscheduled, overstressed people that you know. They
often may be willing to pay for services that they cannot do
If you know people who might need these services soon that are
good friends of yours, you can even do them for free with the
understanding that they write an awesome, accurate letter of
recommendation that you can show around.