Resumé Writing

Either print out your resumé or save and view it as a PDF on your computer.  Different computers will sometimes create a document differently. Your resumé could be printed by a prospective employer for review. Make sure the formatting is correct with proper page breaks, if needed.

Have some else look at it on their computer to check the formatting and proofreading. Don’t use obscure fonts because another computer may not be able to load it and will convert it to a native front that may not properly read the characters. This will cause your document to display strange unreadable characters on their computer.
Some positions have preferred requirements that you might not meet, such as years of experience in the profession. When applying for a position where you could be perceived as under qualified don’t spotlight years of experience on your resumé (usually in the summary of qualifications section). What’s important is matching the other keywords from the job description. Remember the purpose of the resumé is to get you an interview.

When you get the interview you can talk about your years of experience but your personality, professionalism and competence will help you overcome a fewer years than they initially preferred.
It may be necessary to scale back your resumé to not appear overqualified for a position you’re interested in. If the position calls for 5 years of experience don’t show 10 years’ worth of experience on your resumé. List skills commensurate with the position while excluding accomplishments and responsibilities associated with more experienced professional.
Whether you’re applying for the position out of necessity or seek a lesser role, match summary of qualifications with the job description. Leave off your graduation year if it gives away your level of experience.


The interviewer wants to know what lessons you deem most valuable. The person can be real or fictional. Identify who the person is and talk about the values or skills you learned from them. If there is more than one person mention them and what significance they played in your life. Parents, siblings, teachers or anyone else who has been a positive influence in your life is acceptable.
Straightforward management question. Leadership requires both hiring and sometimes terminating people. If you’ve done it, talk about the process you went through when making a hiring decision. What were the factors you considered and how did you assess their qualifications? Did you rely on input from others, test their skills, rely heavily on references or some other criteria? Was there a weighting system where you weighed many factors before arriving at a decision.

When terminating an employee talk about the approach you took to communicating the problem, plan for corrective activities or if there an action taken the required immediate termination. Talk about ensuring that all company and legal protocols were followed to protect both the organization and the worker’s rights. If you have never hired or terminated anyone admit it, but talk about the above mentioned processes you would go through to arrive at your decision.
Interviewers will sometimes throw you a curveball to see how you respond to the unexpected. The particular cause isn’t what’s important, your reasoning is. Whether it’s oil exploration, deforestation, homelessness, legalized cannabis or any other cause, talk about why you support your position. You can also answer about a cause that you do support but feel it could be better managed or marketed, feel free to discuss that. You should have something that you’re passionate about that you can discuss.


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