Resumé Writing

Resumés are scanned for less than 10 seconds on average by recruiters. Put your most relevant information on top so they immediately recognize your qualifications. Don’t go into too much detail on your resumé that requires a lot of initial reading to digest. Write your information in bullet point form and be concise. You can add additional information about yourself such as hobbies, but that should be towards the bottom. Don’t try to add everything (background) if it doesn’t fit or if it is too much information to read. You’ll have more to talk about in the interview than just what’s on your resumé.
In the skills section of your resumé list the skills you have that are required by the position. Skills are beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert. When giving your self-assessment only include skills you’re a minimum of advanced proficiency. Rating skills where you’re less proficient can harm your chances of getting hired or even interviewed.

Be able to give specific examples of how you put the skills to use in your current (or previous) position. The interviewer may ask you for an example of when you use the skill. You can also preempt the question by giving an example even if you’re not asked.
Your resume summary statement is just below your contact information. It’s not just an encapsulation of your resumé. There’s no one way to do it but a good idea is to include your years of experience, your reputation among your peers, and mention your exceptional talents and commendations. You can include a sentence about your passion for your field or industry. The statement is specific and brief. No more than a paragraph.


Be careful when answering this question. While your instinct might compel you to say “yes” consider the message it sends to the employer. You want to show that you’re professional and want to give your current employer adequate notice that you’re leaving so they can prepare for your departure.
Inform the interviewer that you’d like to start as soon as possible but that you feel obligated to give your current employer proper notice of your resignation. Certainly you can tell them that you can inquire about leaving sooner than the standard 2 weeks. You want to confirm that they’re still willing to hire you if you can’t start immediately before informing your current employer that you’ll be leaving. You want the prospective employer to know that you’d extend them the same consideration if you were to ever leave their organization.
The meek shall inherit the earth but they don’t get hired. Practice speaking clearly and projecting confidence. Use a recorder to listen to yourself. Pay attention to whether you’re speaking at a volume that shows you’re prepared. If you’re shy by nature, you’ll really need to practice before your interview. The key is speaking with clarity at all times. If you’re asked a question you’re not sure of, take a moment to collect your thoughts and speak with authority when responding. It’s important to sound confident at all times even if you’re unsure of a subject.
The answer isn’t as obvious as you might think. Your first instinct is to say “no” that you’re always honest with your customers. Whether they’re internal people you support or external customers. But here’s a reason to say “yes” and even admit to being habitual with it.

When you want to under commit and over deliver. Leading a customer to believe they’re going to receive a delivery in a week but knowing it will arrive in 3 days is a great way to delight them. It’s ok to admit this because your intention is to have them feel you’re giving extra effort to help them succeed.


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