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How to create a stand out resume
A resume is your paper representation of who you are. It is always best to do this the way it best describes you. There is no right or wrong way, however, there are certain criteria you want to make sure is on there. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when you are creating your resume. After all- this is the tool you can use to sell yourself!
- Your NAME and contact information, make sure this is correct so that companies can contact you!
- Your previous work experiences. This is important and must be accurate (dates, titles and companies). More often, employers will want references from your previous employers so make sure this is all information that corresponds to your experience is true. Also, match your LinkedIn profile with this too! People do cross-reference.
- Bullet points and headlines should be used in your resume to keep things concise and organized
- It always good to have a section where you have your skills listed
- Use metrics, targets, achievements; numbers go along way and often say much more than lots of words.
- Read over, proofread and then have someone close to you read over to avoid any spelling or grammar mistakes. You do not want to have errors on this- it can make you seem careless or display lack of attention to detail.
How to land an interview
When you work with us, we do what we can to make sure that you can find the right opportunity. In order to do that, it is important for you to be honest with your recruiter and really let them know who you are, and what you are looking for and all of your previous work experience. From there, we will do our best to find you an opportunity that you and the client see as being a good fit! This could be contract, perm or temporary.
How to prep for a job interview
- Study your resume and reflect back to each of the jobs you had in your professional career. What were your primary responsibilities? How was your success measured? Did you often hit your targets or complete the projects/tasks assigned to you? What metrics were you responsible for if any? Why did you leave? Did you leave on good terms? Thinking back to each of the jobs in your professional career will allow you to reflect and be ready to speak to them in your interview. Learning about why you left roles will also make sure you really understand what you need in a company to make you stay.
- Research the company so you understand what they do and you can learn what they are about. Culture and fit are important in companies these days, and absolutely necessary for you to understand before you taking the time to interview with the company. You need to want to be a part of them, and how can you want something you do not know much about?? This will help you to also make sure this opportunity is what you are looking for and that the company has similar values to you.
- Look up who will be interviewing you. LinkedIn provides wonderful insight into the professional career of many people. Look into the person so you understand how they got to where they are, and at the same time see if you have any similarities to them. This is good conversation and will calm down any nerves you may have prior to your meet.
- Review the job description and make sure you are capable of effectively doing the job. Any questions you have on the job that do not seem to make sense to you, or that you are not sure of- address in the interview. You will want to make sure you will understand what is expected of you in this position.
- Prepare questions. This is your time to ask questions to make sure you understand the opportunity, the company and clarify anything you are not 100% sure about. Questions are good and show the client that you are seriously interested in the position and company.
Got your interview? How to Ace it!
- Arrive on time, and be on time about 5-10 minutes early. When you arrive, you have the opportunity to relax and familiarize yourself with the environment.
- Dress clean cut, be professional but make sure your dress code is on track with the company dress code.
- Bring an extra copy of your resume. That way you have one to present to the employer and one to follow along with.
- Be yourself. The best way to really see if this will work or not, it is to be yourself. Be honest about who you are, what you are looking for and about all of your past experience. If you want this to work long term, it is important to show your true colors right away, the client can get to know you and evaluate whether or not you are the right person for the job.
- Do your homework. Research the company so you understand what they do and you can learn what they are about. Culture and fit are important in companies and absolutely necessary for you to understand before your interview with the company. This will help you to also make sure this opportunity is what you are looking for.
- Research on the people who will be interviewing you. LinkedIn provides a handful of insight into the professional career of many people. Look into the person so you understand how they got to where they are, and at the same time see if you have any similarities to them. This is good conversation and will calm down any nerves you may have prior to your meeting.
After the interview: Now what?
Call your recruiter and let them know how it went. Didn’t go so well? Call us and let us know why. We can make sure you are lined up with a company that is a better fit next time. Think it went terrific? Great! Let us get the details on this from the client and get back to you! When we work together we can get things done!
Wait Patiently. Good things take time.