Do you fit into the Culture of the
Company and Department?
Getting Your Resume Read
What are you selling?
How will you do this?
What is the goal?
Market your skills, traits and abilities
What are employers looking for in a resume?
What makes a good resume?
Market your skills traits and abilities
Keep it simple, concise, exact, brief
outlined / bulleted format:
Not Too Much
• 95% of all resumes are read online.
• .5 margins
• No smaller than 10pt. Font
• Do not use Text Boxes
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Contact information should look like this and be
located at the top of your resume:
Top quarter of your resume.
Include your Public Profile URL.
Professional email address!
Replace it with a“30 Second Commercial”
Get rid of Objective:
• Describe You – Know your Traits
• Major, Minor, Projects
• Grade point average
Most hiring managers will
discard a resume with errors.
Errors show a lack of care and
proofing skills, which are
transferable to any position.
No spelling or
• Use action verbs,
keywords and phrases
• Get rid of the “I's”
Hiring managers quickly want to see what you have
successfully accomplished. All experience counts.
• Participated in…
Dates and gaps accounted for
– be as specific as possible
• Personalize The Letter
- Never address the letter
“To Whom It May Concern”
• Do Your Research!
- Learn about the company,
it’s mission & values.
- Pick out key words in the position
description especially if the
company uses key word scanning
• Articulate Why You Are
A Good Fit
- Don’t just reiterate your resume.
- Highlight 2-4 or your relevant
- Write 2-3 sentences about how
your experiences specifically
Make the Hiring Managers Job Easy
Move yourself from an “Applicant” to a “Candidate
Things to consider...
Applicant vs. Candidates
Set up a professional email account
Completely fill out the application online
Save your resume document with a professional
title that can be easily recognized…
How to “Ace” The Interview
What Hiring Managers Won’t Tell You
What is a turn off to you during an
What would make you stop abruptly
and mark an “X” on the candidate you
With all candidates being equal, what
would make you hire one person over
1. No Eye Contact
2. Cell Phone On The Desk or Answering The Call!
3. Limp Handshake
4. Your “Scent” Enters Before You Do
5. Not Prepared to Take Notes
6. Short, One-Word Answers
7. Showing No Enthusiasm
8. Inappropriate Dress
First and Foremost…
Look Presentable and Businesslike
• Suit vs. No Suit
• Hiring Managers use the pre-screen
telephone interview to narrow down
the best candidates to see in
• The Power of the First 30 Seconds!
Telephone Screening – What Not To Do
baby in the
Use a land line
if possible or
your cell in a
success – even
can not see
Be sure to answer
the call yourself
• Bring pages of the
These all show interest and will set you apart
from those who are not prepared.
• Prepare for it, write it down.
• Bring a notepad and your answers to
questions you know will be asked.
• Do your homework
• Visit the company’s website
• The Internet is a good resource
• Press Releases
• Google the company
• Use LinkedIn Network to find out who works there
• Write down 3 things you know about the company
Let’s Talk About Getting to the Interview…
• 10-15 minutes early is the rule of thumb.
• Write down and remember who you are interviewing with.
• Know where you are going. Wow!
I wish I wrote
• Look up the interviewer on LinkedIn.
• If you are not sure of the exact
pronunciation, ask BEFORE the
interview and practice it.
• Do not smoke before the interview.
PREPARATION IS KEY
Who Is Watching…
• The Walker
• HR Recruiter
• Department Head
• Hiring Manager
• Nice Place to work
• Seems like a good company
• Close to my home
• My friend works here
Interview Question The Candidate Answers…
Why do you want to work at ABC company?
Candidate Comments and Questions…
Be prepared - Your answer must have substance.
Know the mission/vision and core
values from the company’s website.
Research Company Website
In the News Section, Articles
Talk to People you might know that work there
• I really like what I saw on your site about…
• I share a lot of the same core values …..
• I noticed that ….
What is a Behavioral Interview Question?
What you have experienced personally
Put a “positive spin” on your answer.
• Tell me about a time….
• Share with me a situation….
• Describe to me….
Answer with ….
2 Questions You
Never ask at a 1st
How much sick and vacation time do I get?
How much does this position pay?
Asking Questions After The Interview
“No, that’s OK, I think you covered it all.”
The recruiter is now putting
an “X” on your file.
Always Ask Questions After The Interview
Sample “After-Interview “ Questions
Can you tell me a little bit about what the culture of the
What are the normal work hours for the position?
Why is the position vacant at this time?
What are your expectations for this position?
The “Thank You Letter”…
As simple as it sounds, not sending a follow-up “thank
you” letter can prevent you from landing your dream job.
- SEND THE THANK YOU. Either email or snail mail.
- Recommend snail mail/postcard because people do not
get much mail in work these days.
- Check your spelling and grammar before sending.
- If the thank you is sent with mistakes,
it will deter you from getting the job.
Snail Mail Can Set You Apart!
Top 10 Reasons You Will Not Be Hired
1. Talking too much
2. Not dressed appropriately
3. No eye contact
4. Scent enters before you do
5. No enthusiasm
6. Negative body language
7. Cell phone interruption
8. Showing too much skin
9. Bad mouth last employer
10. Short, one-word answers
Social & Professional Networking Sites
The Internet can be a useful tool like a knife… but
if you used inappropriately – it can cut you!
You never get a second chance to
make a great first impression.
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