Interview Tips

There are a myriad of things to consider when looking for employment. Below are tips from career advisors and instructors on some of the most popular career management topics:

Resumes

  • Each resume needs to be tailored to the job posting. Save and name each accordingly so that you can bring fresh copies of the right resume to the interview
  • When making a career change, choose the Combination Resume style and create a summary of qualifications  or profile section to highlight skills and accomplishments.
  • Begin work on your resume before job searching, a good one takes several tries.
  • Always show the results you achieved for each job in your resume. Employers hire people who get results not people who just do the job.

Social Media

  • Be extremely cautious of what you post on social media sites. It's hard to erase things from the internet, and you don't want anything negative to thwart your job search
  • Use social media as a way to demonstrate proof of your professional knowledge and accomplishments. It can be a great tool to show your commitment to your career.
  • Monitor what is said about you on the internet by subscribing to Google Alerts-avoid surprises by being prepared.

Interviewing

  • Practice, practice, practice. It can't be said enough. Research the most common questions and practice answering them.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early, no earlier and no later.
  • Start strong-the first five minutes can make or break you.
  • Employers are looking for expertise, competence, motivation, and enthusiasm.

Professional Dress

  • Ask yourself this: Does my appearance command respect? You only have one time to make a good first impression.
  • You can never be dressed too conservatively for an interview.
  • Invest in a well tailored suit, it will make a difference.

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