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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 asked to do so
- 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!
- 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
- 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