Resumes - The BasicsShould highlight your skills and qualificationsLooks are just as important as contentDO NOT USE A PRE-EXISTING TEMPLATEKnow your audienceAlways include a cover letterSpelling and grammar mistakes will kill your chances ofgetting noticed so check it, have someone else check it, andthen check it again!1-2 pages (one for now)Customize your resume every time you send it out!Rather than a generic objective statement, put together anaction oriented opening
First, Why Follow Up??? 1. It demonstrates initiative and interest in a position 2. You can verify that your resume was received and not lost in a spam filter somewhere 3. It can help you stand out in the crowd of qualified candidatesWhen Should I Follow UP? Generally within 2 weeks of sending your resumeHow Do I Follow Up? Email the hiring manager (Quick way to remind them to look for your resume) Send a typed letter (Great for reiterating why you’re a good fit) Send a hand written note (only if you have good handwriting) Call (make sure you rehearse what you’ll say) "Hi, my name is ______ and I submitted my resume for your ______ opening. Im extremely interested in this opportunity, and I just wanted to touch base with you on how I can benefit your operation..."
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
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 other •What steps are you taking to candidates? ensure that these weaknesses•Keep it professional! do not affect your work? Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats•Based on what you know about • What are barriers you have 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.)
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
SEND A THANK YOU LETTER Within 24 hours of you interview • Typed letter • Hand written card • Email • Send a thank you letter to everyone you interview with It’s likely that many other candidates will also send a letter, so be sure to utilize other follow up strategiesHaven’t Heard Anything a Few Weeks Later (or by thedate they gave you)? Send another hand written note indicating your interest Call the person you interviewed with (after the timeframe they gave you) Tip Get business cards printed up and provide one when you follow up. It’s a great way to get noticed and keep your information fresh and interesting.
Always be professional and don’t follow up more than once a week!
Send a follow up letter thanking them for letting you know about your status. Let them know you’re still interested in their company Keep looking, a rejection is not the end of the world so don’t take it personally. Consider asking the person who interviewed you for advice on how to make yourself a stronger candidate Look for ways to make yourself astronger candidate…take a class, join aprofessional organization, practiceyour interview skills, clean up youronline profile
According to a recent survey by the Department of Labor, networking accounts for at least 69% of all annual hires.Networking is one of the BEST ways to find a job or internship.
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Jennifer Fisher, Program Manager email@example.com www.twitter.com/jenfisherfwGraduate Retention Program www.fwchamber.org/grad www.indianaintern.net