Tips

Resumé Writing

With limited real estate on your resumé you may have important details that you’d like to share but can’t put on a standard letter size page. Rather than trying to cram it on consider creating a website to show the information. You can include personal details about yourself such as hobbies and include samples of your work or other talents. This website needs to be completely separate from your personal online persona so you don’t inadvertently allow a recruiter to see content that could negatively affect their perception of you. Keep it clean, professional, and non-controversial.
If you’ve had a position close to the one you’re interviewing for use it as your answer. Give reasons why you think it’s similar to the position you’re interviewing for. The question is really about your preferred environment. You want to align your values and style with the company to show you’d fit in well.
Sometimes your resumé doesn’t indicate clearly that you’ve had a steady progression in your career. Particularly if you’ve been with the same company for a long period of time. In the employment section list the company name up top then in reverse chronological order list the positions and dates you’ve held during your tenure there. Treat them as separate jobs with different accomplishments and responsibilities.

If space does not permit, list as a bullet point your starting position, promotion, and timeframe of the promotion. Carefully read over it again to make sure your promotions are obvious.

Interviewing

Sometimes the company is interested in continuing interviews but you’re no longer interested in the position. Be professional and polite but let them know that you do not believe that the position is aligned with your preferences and you do not want to take up their valuable time with further interviews. You can let them know the reason why you do not believe there is a match at this time but tell them you would welcome the opportunity to meet again in the future should there be a better fit. Be sure to thank them for their interest in you and leave on a positive note.
If during your research you come across negative comment made by employees, it is fair to ask the interviewer about their merits. You’re trying to determine if there’s verisimilitude to the comments. Often times negative comments are left by disgruntled former employees but that does not necessarily mean they are false. Measure those comments not just against the interviewer’s answer but also the vibe you felt when entering the company. Were you greeted with a smile and do the employees seem happy? Does the decor and cleanliness convey positive feelings? Use your instincts as an additional barometer.
When you’re being evaluated by someone there is a natural nervousness present. To manage the anxiety focus on breathing deeply and listening intently when the interviewer is speaking. This will help slow your heart rate and allow you to think more clearly when you’re speaking. Speak at your normal pace and be conscious of whether you’re rushing. Smile and pause for a beat or two, if necessary, before responding to questions. This will help you feel more relaxed and improve your performance.

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