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Six Tips To Improve Your Resume

There probably isn’t a person who ever applied for a job who didn’t heed the maxim, “Dress for the job you want.” But when it comes to the resumes that the carry with them to an interview or that precede them in response to an ad, many personnel managers have to wonder what exactly they are aspiring to. This article will serve as a primer to help you make your resume fit the job you want to have.

1. Don’t be too far out.

We’ve heard it all before, to make a resume stand out you need to put it on a kite, include cookies, send it via carrier pigeon, or something else unusual. The truth is, resumes like this usually end up on a list of “don’ts” concerning how to submit them.

job-search2. Be neat.

It might seem obvious but this is one rule that is great in theory, but often doesn’t get carried out in practice. For whatever reason resumes collect coffee rings, smudges, and other unsightly marks that show carelessness. When resumes like this make their way to an employer’s desk it makes them wonder what your work will be like.

3. Be honest and accurate.

It’s a good idea to show yourself in the best possible light, but don’t add information that is blatantly false. Eventually, you’re going to get caught, and probably fired for it. You should also make sure that your resume is accurate in terms of spelling, dates, and other information.

4. It takes a set.

It might seem obvious, but when you send your resume make sure that the paper and envelope match, and that the ink you use is black. Neatness is what most often gets attention, not showmanship. Smearing your resume with feces will certainly get attention too, but not the kind you want.

5. Keep it to one page.

There is a lot of debate over this one, especially from those folks who argue that a one page resume isn’t practical, and that just their education or experience wouldn’t fit on a single page, but resumes are often read while an executive is on the phone or other activities. Keep it as short as possible at this stage. Use the interview for details.

6. Keep it on business.

A lot of resumes spend time presenting information of a personal nature, but unless this information has to do with the work applied for in some way, don’t include it. If your hobby is bookbinding and the job includes bookbinding or something similar in the field, include it, but otherwise, leave it out.

Many people approach the job of putting together a resume like it is intended to get them a job. It’s not. The job of the resume is to get you an interview. That’s all. Much of the detail that many people are tempted to put in a resume should be saved for the interview. Regardless of the information you present and where you present it, your mission is to put yourself, your work history, and your education in the brightest possible light. Done this way your chances at scoring a job will outshine everyone else.

5 Interviewing Questions To Expect From Your Next Job Interview

Going into an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if the interview is for your dream job or another position that you would love to have. Prepare for your next interview by learning what some of the most common interview questions are, and how you can impress your interviewer with the right types of answers.

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1. Why do you think you would be a good fit for this position?

This question gives you a chance to highlight your past success, as well as the opportunity to relate it to the specific company you are applying with. Do your research about the company to discover what is valued in the workplace. Does the company’s mission statement focus on customer service? Mention how you worked on a team to increase customer satisfaction at your previous job. Always find something in your past that shows you are in line with the company’s goals.

2. What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?

Make sure you focus only on work-related strengths and weaknesses when this question comes up in your interview. Bragging about your biggest strength is a way to shine in front of your potential boss, so tailor your answer to one that will really help the company. If you are a whiz at troubleshooting system problems, it would help tremendously if that is one of the job requirements. When it comes to weaknesses, stick to workplace weaknesses. Don’t mention something that would make your interviewer dread hiring you; instead, mention a small weakness and point out how you have worked to overcome that fault.

3. How do you spend your time outside of work?

Your interviewer wants to make sure you have a good character and a healthy work-life balance when you get asked this question. Good things to mention here are spending time with family, volunteer work and other ways in which you strive to improve yourself. If you know the company has a killer softball team, mentioning that you play softball couldn’t hurt either.

4. Describe a time when you did not agree with a coworker. How did you resolve the situation?

This question is a bit of a trap. Your interviewer doesn’t want to hear that you are hard to get along with at work, so don’t mention any serious problems you’ve had with a previous coworker or boss. It is fine to mention a small conflict if you describe how you used your problem resolution skills to take care of the issue without outside assistance.

5. Do you have any questions for me?

Always ask questions about the position before ending the interview, because it shows that you are truly interested in the job. Ask about training procedures, starting dates or specific job duties to let your interviewer know that you would like to work for the company in this position.

Going into your next interview prepared can help you feel more confident, increasing your chances of getting the job. Whether you get the position or not, each interview will give you more practice; so if you didn’t ace this interview, think some more on your responses and be prepared to take advantage of the next opportunity that comes your way.