Resume Tips

For an entry-level position (non professional), a resume should be no longer than one page, always.

The main, and some would say sole, purpose of the resume is to get the interview, so include the most relevant and interesting accomplishments. Keep it brief and save the rest for the interview.

Avoid typos and make sure all contact information is accurate.

Format your resume so it is organized, uniform, and easy to read. Don’t use wacky fonts. Also, it is better to avoid the templates that come with Word. Those are often recognizable.

If you don’t have work experience yet, treat your volunteer experience like work experience. Show that you have proved to be responsible. Then make “extra curricular” or “other accomplishments” focus on things like GPA, sports, and awards you may have received.

Keep it simple. Complete sentences are not what you are going for here.

Ask permission of your references before you give your potential employer their contact information. It is polite, plus it will give them a chance to think about what they might say when called.

Have someone else look over your completed resume to make sure there are no spelling errors.

Interview Tips

Even if you are just stopping in to pick up an application, look presentable, have a resume, and know some background about the company.

For a planned interview, dress simply and conservatively. Plan to arrive 10 or 15 minutes early. It’s better for you to wait than to make your interviewer wait. If you’ve never been to the location before, it also might help to bike/drive/walk there before the interview to see how long it takes to get there.

Bring a couple copies of your resume, even if you already handed it in, just in case.

Everyone always says this, but it actually is important: Have a firm hand shake and look your interviewer in the eye. Also, wait until they ask you to sit down before you take your seat.

Stay engaged and be enthusiastic. Think about questions they might ask you before you arrive. Even if they don’t ask you those questions, it will get you thinking about what to talk about and build your confidence. Also, take your time answering questions.

Have some questions prepared to ask about the company. It looks good to the employer and you also want to make sure this is a place you want to work. Integrate some of the knowledge you have learned about the company into your questions.

Keep good posture, try not to fidget, and avoid using slang, but also relax and be yourself.

Some examples of questions employers might ask you during your interview:
Why do you want to work here?
What are your strengths / weaknesses?
What would your teachers / friends / last boss say about you?
Some examples of questions you might want to ask your potential employer:
In what ways does your organization show how it values its employees?
What do you most enjoy about your work with this company?
What are the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?