Tips

Resumé Writing

It’s always good to have a referral source to submit your resumé but it’s even more important with large well-known companies. They get thousands of resumés daily and have Applicant Tracking Systems sort incoming resumés. Most will send an automated response but your chances of hearing from them again are slim. They prioritize applicants submitted by current employees. Meticulously comb through your network of contacts to see if you know someone who currently works, previously worked or knows someone that works at the company you’re interested in. Get them to submit your resumé for the position you’re interested in. If not, find out if they are at a job fair in your area or participate in virtual job fairs. College career fairs are also a resource.
Meticulous proofreading will catch errors that can harm your candidacy. One of the most common errors is not including a period at the end of sentences, especially when using bullet points. Using spell-checkers will not identify this error. Simple mistakes like this can give the impression that your work is rushed or careless. Before hitting the “send” button make sure it’s perfect.
Have a friend read the job description and your resumé to see if it clearly indicates why you’re interested and qualified for the position you’re applying for. Can they tell immediately that you want the job? If it’s not clear, go back and make edits and repeat the process. It should be concise and easy to read. Pay particular attention to matching keywords throughout you resumé.

Interviewing

Sometimes interviews can run longer than expected or you could be in a waiting area for an extended period of time before being called to begin the interview. Give yourself enough of a buffer for delays. This also allows you to remain calm and focused during the interview without being distracted and trying to rush through it.
Both you and the employer are trying to impress each other. Keep everything in a positive light. Don’t talk about bad past relationships. The discussion should be about how you’re open to new romance. Look for what’s exciting about the other party and talk about your best attributes. If you two do decide to move forward with the relationship leave the past in the past.  Don’t get too comfortable and start bashing your previous relationships. No need to talk about why you broke up with your last partner. Look for the good in your current relationship and build on shared goals and successes.
Some people can be difficult to work with because they’re too demanding, don’t have a clear understanding of what they want, may not respect your work, can be overwhelmed or any number of other reasons. The key to answering is to focus on trying to understand their expectations, communicating about what is reasonable and trying to find acceptable solutions. Understanding more about them as a person can help shed some light on why they’re fastidious. Talk about trying to find a way for all parties to gain confidence through sharing and familiarity with each other.

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