Resume Writing TipsWritten by Josh Nay
Make sure that your Resume is up to date with your latest job experience and educational accomplishments. Have a friend or relative evaluate your resume to see if it is clear, consistent, and fairly represents your skills and experience. Is your resume in a high impact format? Be sure to do a spell check on your resume. Misspelled works can reflect negatively on you and diminish your prospects. Many companies have a form on their web sites for submitting electronic resumes. Have a version of your resume that you can cut and paste into submittal forms. Create one that doesn't have columns and indents as these do not work well when pasted into a form. Let your family, friends, alumni groups, and industry contacts know you are looking for a job. Send them your resume. Many jobs are unadvertised and these people may know of potential openings. Also many employers would rather hire someone suggested to them by a person they trust. Summit your resume electronically to companies rather than via paper if possible. Check out their web sites to see if they have a resume submittal form. Submit it through form, if not send them an electronic version in Word or as a text file. Many large companies put electronic resumes into a database which then can be searched by managers looking to hire additional people. Using database managers can do keyword searches to quickly find candidates. Most managers do not want to take time to wade through hundreds of paper resumes looking for candidates. Most paper resumes never even get looked at in some of these large companies. A local large airplane manufacturer and a local large software company rely heavily on their resume database for new candidates. Post your resume to resume databases. Generally posting is free. This is a lot more cost effective then spending hundreds of dollars in printing and postage costs blindly sending out resumes to companies. Recruiters search these databases looking for candidates to fill positions..
A potentially even more effective approach is to use a resume distribution service. For a small price you can blast your resume out to 1000's of recruiters. This can be more effective than waiting for a recruiter to stumble across your resume in a database. It also only costs a fraction of amount it would for printing and postage to do a mass mailing of your resume. Most of these services give you some control over what industries and geographic regions your resume is sent to. Many jobs are unadvertised as employers don't want to be bombarded by thousands of resumes. Therefore it is important for you to get your resume in hands of your contacts. Also get your resume into databases that potential employers can search.
Interview Tips, How to Impress Potential EmolyersWritten by Josh Nay
Enter into a state of relaxed concentration. This is state from which great basketball players or Olympic skaters operate. You'll need to quiet negative self chatter in your head through meditation or visualization prior to sitting down in meeting. You'll focus on present moment and will be less apt to experience lapses in concentration, nervousness, self-doubt and self-condemnation. Expect to answer question, "Tell me about yourself." This is a pet question of prepared and even unprepared interviewers. Everything you include should answer question, "Why should we hire you?" Carefully prepare your answer to include examples of achievements from your work life that closely match elements of job before you. Obviously, you'll want to know as much about job description as you can before you respond to question. Set goals for interview. It is your job to leave meeting feeling secure that interviewer knows as much as he or she possibly can about your skills, abilities, experience and achievements. If you sense there are misconceptions, clear them up before leaving. If interviewer doesn't get around to asking you important questions, pose them yourself (diplomatically) and answer them. Don't leave meeting without getting your own questions answered so that you have a clear idea of what you would be getting yourself into. If possible, try to get further interviews, especially with other key players.
Act spontaneous, but be well prepared. Be your authentic self, professional yet real. Engage in true conversation with your interviewer, resting on preparation you did prior to coming to meeting. Conduct several trial runs with another person simulating interview before it actually occurs. It's same as anticipating questions