2008 flicc career and job fair resume tips from robert newlen


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2008 flicc career and job fair resume tips from robert newlen

  1. 1. Resume and Interview Extreme Makeover: Quick Tips to Polish Your Skills Robert R. Newlen
  2. 2. Some Resume/Cover Letter Bloopers <ul><li>Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave </li></ul><ul><li>Failed bar exam with relatively high grades </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s meet, so you can “ooh” and “aah” over my experience </li></ul><ul><li>You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time </li></ul><ul><li>Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details </li></ul><ul><li>Marital status: often. Children: various. </li></ul><ul><li>Finished eighth in my class of ten </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Failure to account for periods of unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>All gaps, such as childcare or academic pursuits, should be explained. </li></ul><ul><li>When dismissal is in an issue…… </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Myth of the one page resume </li></ul><ul><li>No hard and fast rule </li></ul><ul><li>Experience and background govern length </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t reduce margins to make everything fit on one page </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Resumes sent by fax or e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Never fax or email unless specifically requested </li></ul><ul><li>Faxed documents don’t photocopy well </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Omission of non-professional experience </li></ul><ul><li>Can be useful for those more junior in their careers </li></ul><ul><li>Can demonstrate valuable skills </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Failure to describe involvement in professional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Indicate extent of involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Marketable skills – budget, planning, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance at conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates interest in staying abreast of current developments </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Typographical, grammar, and punctuation errors </li></ul><ul><li>This is your first work product for the new employer </li></ul><ul><li>Review several days after you complete the resume </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Use of unfamiliar acronyms </li></ul><ul><li>Acronyms may have little or no meaning for the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Explain to reader if not readily apparent </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Omission of volunteer experience </li></ul><ul><li>Experience in volunteer organizations produces marketable experience </li></ul><ul><li>Develops skills such as fundraising, promotions, public speaking, leadership, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writers <ul><li>Hard-to-read resume layout </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easy-to-read </li></ul><ul><li>Use bullets </li></ul><ul><li>Bold headings </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easy to scan </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t make the type size too small </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ten Deadly Sins of Resume Writing <ul><li>Use of official position descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Write your resume in your own words </li></ul><ul><li>Make it goal driven and action oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify when appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Used action verbs like “achieved, identified, improved, etc.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Anticipate questions that the employer might ask </li></ul><ul><li>Practice answering these questions </li></ul><ul><li>Rehearse in front of a mirror </li></ul><ul><li>Practice with a friend or colleague </li></ul>
  14. 14. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Prepare questions to ask at the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready when the employer asks “do you have any questions about the position?” </li></ul><ul><li>Your potential employer is looking for someone with curiosity and interest in the library </li></ul>
  15. 15. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Do your homework about the library or organization </li></ul><ul><li>Research every aspect of your potential employer </li></ul><ul><li>Check newspapers, annual reports and talk to others in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate to the interviewer that you have done your homework </li></ul>
  16. 16. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Use common sense in planning your wardrobe </li></ul><ul><li>Not a fashion statement opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Err on the side of conservative </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid loud colors, too much jewelry, and perfume or after-shave </li></ul><ul><li>“Practice” wearing your interview outfit </li></ul>
  17. 17. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Know the exact location of the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Arriving late is the kiss of death </li></ul><ul><li>Stake out location well in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive 10 minutes early </li></ul>
  18. 18. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Shake hands firmly </li></ul><ul><li>Smile </li></ul><ul><li>Stand up straight </li></ul><ul><li>Look confident </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain good eye contact </li></ul>
  19. 19. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Be enthusiastic and show energy </li></ul><ul><li>Look eager </li></ul><ul><li>Use tone of your voice and body language </li></ul><ul><li>If you are given a tour of the library, be sure to display curiosity by asking questions </li></ul>
  20. 20. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Do your best to look relaxed and comfortable </li></ul><ul><li>Try to look like you are enjoying the process </li></ul><ul><li>Trick to make you relax </li></ul>
  21. 21. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Know when to stop talking </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to ask to have question repeated </li></ul><ul><li>If you have problem with a question, come back to it later in the interview </li></ul>
  22. 22. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Never say anything negative about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate to say you have learned from past experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Not the moment for true confession </li></ul>
  23. 23. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Always close the interview with a succinct statement </li></ul><ul><li>Sum up your strongest qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the employer for the interview </li></ul>
  24. 24. Interview Checklist <ul><li>Send a thank you letter to each interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Send a hard copy – not an email – immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Provide some brief statements about your qualifications for the position based on the information you obtained during the interview </li></ul>
  25. 25. Robert R. Newlen <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>