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Resumes and interviews

  1. 1. RESUMES AND INTERVIEWS“The Quick and dirty, Get down to it, All youever wanted to know about getting noticed by employers” speech
  2. 2. What am I going to learn today?
  3. 3. One of your most important tools in getting noticed RESUMES
  4. 4. Resumes - The Basics Should highlight your skills and qualifications Looks are just as important as content DO NOT USE A PRE-EXISTING TEMPLATE Know your audience Always include a cover letter Spelling and grammar mistakes will kill your chances of getting noticed
  5. 5. Resumes - The Basics Contact Information: Michael Glass CURRENT ADDRESS HOME ADDRESS 82 East Wing Avenue 456 E. 200 North Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Goshen, IN 46958 (260) 494-1234 (574) 456-2347 E-mail: michaelglass@gmail.com
  6. 6. Resumes - The Basics• Objective Statement:OBJECTIVE Seeking an accounting internship utilizing my skills in communication, multi-tasking, and attention-to-detail. OBJECTIVE To obtain a challenging internship that broadens my professional experience.
  7. 7. Resumes - The Basics• Education: EDUCATION University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN Bachelor of Science Degree, anticipated May 2013 Major: Financial Accounting G.P.A.: Major 3.5 Cumulative 3.0
  8. 8. Resumes - The BasicsRELATED Student Assistant to Accounting DepartmentEXPERIENCE University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN, 2009-2011 • Served as primary advisor to twenty new students • Assisted professors with preparing tests and grading • Helped students experiencing academic difficulties Class Audit Project Miller Manufacturing, Inc., Wabash, IN, Spring 2010 • Participated in audit of balance sheet accounts • Improved teamwork and communication skills Volunteer Treasurer Future Farmers of America, Nappanee, IN, 2008-2009 • Recommended new, efficient ways of performing activities • Demonstrated ability to effectively raise funds and manage accounts
  9. 9. Resumes - The BasicsLEADERSHIP Class Representative, Accounting Club, 2011EXPERIENCE • Worked with peers to revise and administer new dues collection and fund- raising procedure • Effectively represented department for campus visits Student Representative, Academic Policy Team, 2011 • Effectively worked with upper-level administrators in making policy decisions • Increased ability to communicate concisely, persuasively, and patiently in group settingACTIVITIES Accounting and Business Club, 2009-Present Habitat for Humanity, 2007-2010 Cultural Diversity Workshop, 2010
  10. 10. Resumes - The BasicsOBJECTIVE Seeking an accounting internship utilizing my skills in communication, multi-tasking, and attention-to-detail. RELATED Class Audit Project EXPERIENCE Miller Manufacturing, Inc., Wabash, IN, Spring 2010 • Participated in audit of balance sheet accounts • Improved teamwork and communication skills SKILLS Computer: Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, C++ Language: Conversational Spanish Professional: Communication, Teamwork, Leadership
  11. 11. Making an impression INTERVIEWS
  12. 12. RESEARCH THE COMPANY YOU ARE INTERVIEWING WITH Check out their website The more that you know, the more they will listen Know how your skills can help their company Be prepared with questions for them based on your research
  13. 13. First ImpressionsHow long does it take to make an impression? Within thirty seconds people judge: economic level educational level social position level of sophistication ability to successBy four minutes most have made decisions about: trustworthiness compassion reliability Intelligence Capability Humility Friendliness confidence
  14. 14. ABC’s of Image Appearance Wardrobe clothing accessories Grooming hair skin nails makeup fragrance breath (don’t chew gum)
  15. 15. ABC’s of Image Behavior Etiquette phone/email table manners Introductions handshakes Civility respectful behavior consideration of others Attitude positive attitude self-confidence self-esteem
  16. 16. ABC’s of Image Communication Verbal speaking skills Grammar Vocabulary presentation skills Nonverbal Posture Gestures eye contact facial expressions listening skills Written Language Grammar presentation
  17. 17. SWOT Analysis•What do you have to offer an •What are areas that you feel organization? you need to improve on?•What sets you apart from •What steps are you taking to other candidates? ensure that these weaknesses•Keep it professional! do not affect your work? Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats•Based on what you know • What are barriers you have about the organization, what identified based on what you opportunities do you see for know about the organization? yourself there?•What do you see for your future? (1 year plan, 5 year plan, etc.)
  18. 18. If you Remember Nothing Else …Remember This! Be Prepared Smile Firm handshake Be Courteous Answer this question before you go in… “What is one thing you want them to remember about you during your interview?” Get there early, take time to relax
  19. 19. The Art of a Thank You Letter Don’t forget to follow up with a thank you Highlight the things you talked about Talk about your skills again If you’re no longer interested in the job, tell them If you are interested in the job, tell them Provide contact information
  20. 20. Jennifer Fisher, Program Manager jfisher@fwchamber.org www.twitter.com/jenfisherfwGraduate Retention Program 260-424-1435 www.indianaintern.net

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