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Posted in You | April 2013

Get a job!

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It was Will Rogers who said, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” This is particularly true when you’re job hunting. A resume is the very first contact you have with a potential employer, and an interview is the first chance you have to bring that list of skills to life and prove that you’re the perfect candidate for the job.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure your resume is the very best it can be, and that your interview skills are honed and ready.

We’ve compiled some valuable resume and interview tips to help job seekers make the kind of impression that leaves potential employers wanting more.

Your resume

  • Make all your information fit onto one or two pages.
  • Don’t use graphics or crazy fonts.
  • Clearly and concisely describe your work, skills and accomplishments in a way that sets you apart from every other applicant.
  • Use terms and buzzwords common to the industry in which you’re applying for a job to demonstrate your familiarity with it.
  • Make sure to clearly identify the skills you have honed that can easily be transferred to the job for which you’re applying.
  • Highlight your accomplishments, specifically those that demonstrate how you can help a potential new employer’s business flourish.
  • Edit and proofread your resume to make sure it doesn’t have any typos or spelling errors.

To see samples of different resume styles, visit CareerOneStop’s resume samples, and for a thorough guide to writing an effective resume, have a look at CareerOneStop’s free resume guide .

The interview

  • Research, research, research! Make sure you know about the company and the position for which you’re applying.
  • Come prepared with some questions about the position or the company in order to demonstrate a sincere interest in being part of the team.
  • Based on the company and the position you’re applying for, try to think of some of the questions you might be asked in the interview and prepare thoughtful answers (check out this list of common interview questions and questions to ask a potential employer).
  • Remember that you may be asked to identify your weaknesses as well as your strengths, and that you may have to explain why you should be hired even if you’re lacking some of the required skills.
  • Look the part by wearing neat, clean, industry-appropriate clothing.
  • Don’t be late.
  • Turn off your cell phone before you go into the interview.
  • Bring a copy of your resume, a list of references and a portfolio of work samples, if applicable.
  • Have a notepad and pen handy in case you want to jot down any notes.
  • Be confident and sure of yourself without being cocky.

One last word: be consistent. Make sure your resume, Linkedin profile, online portfolio and all other self-promotional tools send the same message to potential employers.

Good luck!

For more valuable resume advice and interview and letter writing tips visit Purdue University and CareerOneStop.

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