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Have you ever wondered what a staffing agency is looking for in a candidate? Are you looking for resume tips from expert recruiters? Do you feel confident about your interviewing skills? Elite Personnel hires great candidates for Temp, Temp-to-Hire, and Direct Hire administrative roles in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Take a look at these dos and don’ts, view our job openings, and get a great job!

resume dos and don’ts

  • use microsoft word

  • do not use text boxes

  • do not use tables

  • pick an easy to read, standard font

  • use spellcheck

  • have a good proofreader proofread it

  • current jobs should be in present tense

  • past jobs should be in past tense

  • be consistent with format and punctuation!

  • objectives rule you out more often than they rule you in

  • tell the truth - we really are going to check!

  • don't include salary information unless specifically requested


the interview

  • smile as though you are happy to be there

  • don't bring food or drink to the interview

  • look the interviewer in the eye

  • sit up straight

  • know what is on your resume and be able to talk about it!

  • don't relate horror stories about previous employers

  • if a previous position didn't work out, explain why clearly and without anger

  • ask appropriate questions (think about this beforehand)

  • know when you would be available to start - not some vague timeframe

  • ask for a business card from the interviewer so you can send a thank you

prepare yourself for the interview

  • review the company website thoroughly

  • wear professional clothes, shoes and accessories!

  • for goodness sake, practice a good firm handshake!

  • if you are unfamiliar with the location, scout it out the night before

  • arrive 15 minutes early!

See what Emily Post has to say about interview preparation.


next steps

  • send a hand-written thank you note immediately

  • be sure to include a sentence or two that shows you were listening!

  • follow up after 3 or 4 days to see if they need additional information


other tips

  • Join organizations where you are likely to meet employers you are interested in...often you can go to a few free events before you have to decide if you want to join

  • Ask friends and family for advice and introductions to potential employers or advisors

  • Remember to send thank you notes to everyone who helps...hand-written is best