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Resume, Cover Letter, & Practice Interviews

Resumes

The purpose of a resume is to provide a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments. It is a quick advertisement of who you are. It is a "snapshot" of you with the intent of capturing and emphasizing interests and secure you an interview. It is not an autobiography. Since your resume is a primary tool in your job search, it needs to be carefully written and critiqued. Example Resume Click Here.

Basics of a Resume:

Your Resume should have 4 main parts to it. 

  1. Header
  2. Objective
  3. Education
  4. Skills Or Work Experience
  5. *Interests (if there is space available at the bottom)

A resume should be no longer then 1 page. Page spacing can be set to .5 if needed. Font style should be generic (Times Roman or Ariel). Font size should be no bigger then 12 and no smaller then 11. All wording should be black and printed on white paper. 

 

Header:

This should include your Full Name (in bold), home address, phone number, and email address. It should be centered. Don't forget to remove the hyperlink from you email address and make sure you email address is simple and appropriate. Your name should be a font size or two larger then then the rest of your header.

 

Objective:

It is your choice to have a objective or not. The purpose of the objective is to tell the reader what you are applying for. It should say " To obtain the (position title) with (company name). It is that simple.

 

Education:

This is where you put in the degrees you have earned and/or are working towards. The degree always goes about the school you are receiving it from. People want to know what you have your degree in, not where you got it from. This is always where you can add subfields to showcase specific things you have done to gain experience, skills, and knowledge in. 

 

Work Experience or Skills:

If you do not have any work experience then you use Skills in this section. If you held a job before then you use Work Experience. If you have only held on job then you would use both Work Experience and Skills. Total, you want to have two to three work experiences /skills in this section. Each experience should have 3-5 bullets listed below it describing what you accomplished in the position. These bullets should be past tense and complete sentences. When listing skills you should look at the job you are applying for and figure out two to three traits they are looking for in an employee, for example, customer service, problem solving, and leadership. Under each trait you would list 3-5 bullets of examples (in complete, past-tense sentences) where you have used that trait in a positive and successful way. Regardless of you are using skills or work experience, when writing the bullet sentences please give data, numbers, and figures to back up your statements and show the impact you made. This helps the reader understand your accomplishments by painting a clear picture. 

 

Interests:

After all that, if you have space available at the bottom of your resume you can fill it with an Interest section. This is a list of 4-7 things you like to do such as golf, watching sports, acting in plays, playing the drums, etc. Be honest with what your interests are.

 

 

Resume Writing Presentation

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills (functional skills) are skills that people acquire through life experiences, jobs, and/or school. Because these skills are not restricted to only one profession, they can be transferred from one type of work to another without having to retrain. Some employers will hire a candidate with transferable skills that relate to the position even if the applicant does not have direct experience in the particular field.

Transferable skills are very important when the applicant does not have direct experience. This is often the case for new, graduating students or people who are making a change in careers. For example, handling money for a student club as treasurer could show a future employer that the candidate is able to manage money for their store.

When writing resumes, it is acceptable to include transferable skills that have been gained from everyday living, volunteer work, school classes, and/or community involvement. 

List of Transferable Skills

Cover Letters

Coming Soon!

Practice Interviews

You should never enter an interview without first researching and practicing for the interview. Practice interviews are key to your success in determining if you obtain the position or not. Practice interviews give you an opportunity to be asked the questions you will face in the interview but in a safe environment, without anything on the line, by someone who can give you positive feedback and constructive criticism regarding your responses. They also allow you to brainstorm with another person the answer to a question and then practice that answer. 

You can schedule an practice interview with a counselor by emailing Mr. Molay at jmolay@natomascharter.org

Interviewing

10 Interviewing Rules

Carole Martin

 

In the current job market, you'd better have your act together, or you won't stand a chance against the competition. Check yourself on these 10 basic points before you go on that all-important interview.

1. Do Your Research

Researching the company before the interview and learning as much as possible about its services, products, customers and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the company's needs. The more you know about the company and what it stands for, the better chance you have of selling yourself in the interview. You also should find out about the company's culture to gain insight into your potential happiness on the job. 

2. Look Sharp

Select what to wear to the interview. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best interview clothes and check them over for spots and wrinkles. Even if the company has a casual environment, you don't want to look like you slept in your outfit. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly. 

3. Be Prepared

Bring along a folder containing extra copies of your resume, a copy of your references and paper to take notes. You should also have questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. For extra assurance, print a copy of Monster's handy interview take-along checklist

4. Be on Time

Never arrive late to an interview. Allow extra time to arrive early in the vicinity, allowing for factors like getting lost. Enter the building 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. 


5. Show Enthusiasm

A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence. Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky. 

6. Listen

One of the most neglected interview skills is listening. Make sure you are not only listening, but also reading between the lines. Sometimes what is not said is just as important as what is said. 

7. Answer the Question Asked

Candidates often don't think about whether they are actually answering the questions their interviewers ask. Make sure you understand what is being asked, and get further clarification if you are unsure. 

8. Give Specific Examples

One specific example of your background is worth 50 vague stories. Prepare your stories before the interview.Give examples that highlight your successes and uniqueness. Your past behavior can indicate your future performance. 

9. Ask Questions

Many interviewees don't ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. The questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job. 

10. Follow Up

Whether it's through email or regular mail, the interview follow-up is one more chance to remind the interviewer of all the valuable traits you bring to the job and company. Don't miss this last chance to market yourself.

 

It is important to appear confident and cool for the interview. One way to do that is to be prepared to the best of your ability. There is no way to predict what an interview holds, but by following these important rules you will feel less anxious and will be ready to positively present yourself.