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  • 1. Résumés Do’s and Don’ts How to Impress With A Resume that Will Get You The Job
  • 2. Résumé Don’ts
    • DO NOT
    • Use incorrect grammar (i.e., you do something “well” not “good”. Good is how you feel)
    • Leave the Education Section blank (dates should be written out)
    • Leave Personal & Professional section blank (list your interests, hobbies, clubs, sports), this tells your potential employers you have no life beyond school & other jobs = UNMOTIVATED!
  • 3. Résumé Don’ts
    • Leave Work History blank (TA position, use volunteer work, use under-the-table work, use family biz. if necessary).
    • Use ambiguous, touchy-feely words (see “Car Wrecks”)
    • List Military History section…most of you do not have any (despite your vast experience playing “Halo”, your over-developed thumbs and small muscle-twitch capabilities don’t count)
  • 4. Résumé Do’s
    • Spell check and grammar check…there is no excuse for misspellings and poor grammar.
    • Use tangible, measurable phrases and language (show accomplishments & work well done)
    • Use education experience appropriate to job/work
    • Be specific w/ Career Objective (to the job for which you are applying)
    • List current (or last) job 1st in Work History & then previous job(s) in reverse chronological order.
  • 5. Résumé “Car Wrecks” Never Use The Following (EVER!) . On your Résumé you never include:
    • “ I listen well”
    • “ hospitality skills”
    • “ Interact well w/ others”
    • “ people person”
    • “ understanding”
    • “ a problem solver”
    • “ work well w/ others”
    • “ friendly to all”
    • “ a hard worker”
    • “ outgoing”
    • “ move fast”
    • “ take initiative”
    • “ have a strong body”
    • “ have metal strength”
    • “ friendly”
    • “ patience”
    • “ flexible to work hours”
    • “ fast paced worker”
    • “ good listener when told to do something”
    • “ well built”
    • “ I can help”
    • “ funny”
    • “ run good”
    • “ proper heating of food”
    • “ know when food is done cooking”
  • 6. The Art of The Interview Some Do’s and Don’ts For the Big Day
  • 7. Men
    • The following fashion tips should be considered as you dress for an interview:
      • Wear dark, solid colored dress pants or “Khakis”
      • Wear a solid colored button-up shirt (any patterns should be very subtle)
      • Wear a tie w/ a subtle pattern (flashy patterns and colors can be distracting
      • Wear dress socks--should be dark or match tie, shirt or pants (NO WHITE SOCKS)
      • Wear a belt--black or brown to match shoes
      • Wear dress shoes--black or brown depending on what you wear for pants, belt, tie, etc. (NO SNEAKERS)
      • Cover tattoos and and remove excessive piercings
      • In other words, dress like ME!
  • 8. Women
    • The following fashion tips should be considered as you dress for an interview:
      • You do not need to wear a skirt (this is not the 1950s)
      • Wear dark pants or skirt (knee length)
      • Wear professional blouse that is not too low cut that has sleeves (no mid-drift, full-arm, bra, etc. exposure)
      • Don’t wear bright flashy colors that distract
      • Avoid showy jewelry, like too many rings, too many earrings, remove excessive piercings and cover tattoos (simple necklace or scarf and watch is o.k.)
      • Avoid bracelets that jingle and make noise
      • Wear appropriate shoes--heals not absolutely necessary, but preferred (NO OPEN-TOED or OPEN-HEELED)
  • 9. Interview Tips
    • The Goal of the Interviewer (what they’re looking for):
      • Performance Skills - work habits personal characteristics
      • Technical Skills - learned tasks
    • Your Goals: what do you want to achieve
    • Pre-Interview:
      • Do your homework on position & company
      • Prepare to portray qualifications and skills
      • Prepare questions
      • Dress appropriately
    • The interview:
      • Shake hands
      • Maintain Eye contact (DON’T STARE!)
      • Project a good attitude
      • Answer directly and honestly
        • Make it apply to question
        • Demonstrate your strengths
        • Ask questions
        • Thank them and shake hands