Helpful Hints for Applicants

Here are some helpful tips and resources to help you with your resume, interviews and cover letters:

Resume Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Put your jobs in chronological order – your most current job goes first
  • Move your education to the end of the page – I know you’re proud of your schooling, but unless you’re a new grad, your degree should go after your work experience
  • Turn accomplishments into numbers – If you answered 120 calls a day that tells us something about how productive you are versus you answered many calls a day.
  • Identify your strengths – That is any skills that may set you apart from others; like computer programs, special software, equipment or even your keyboarding speed.
  • Write out a description of each skill/accomplishment – people typically agonize over this stage, our word of advice is keep it simple and truthful, don’t try to sound impressive. Over embellishment could work against you.

Don’t

  • Never write paragraphs – Put it in short and concise bullets points. Recruiters need to get the information quickly.
  • Don’t make the recruiter guess what your actual job was – put your job title in bold, and put your duties in priority sequence ie start with the most important or most time spent doing.
  • Don’t overshare – don’t add your birthdate, list your top character traits, weight, SIN, marital status, or links to Facebook
  • Your resume shouldn’t be too long – 1-2 pages is a general acceptable length
  • You must remember to proofread – If you are applying for a role that requires communicating with others it will matter that you can spell and your sentences are grammatically correct.

Lucas, S. (2011). How to Write a Resume: Dos and Don’ts. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505125_162-44941630/how-to-write-a-resume-dos-and-donts/

 

Interview Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Arrive 5 minutes early
  • Dress in a higher standard than you think you would dress for the job
  • Be pleasant, smile and shake hands with the interviewer
  • Make eye contact with all interviewers
  • Be honest when answering questions
  • Bring an extra copy of your resume and references
  • Do some research about the company and the position
  • Thank the interviewer for seeing you

Don’t

  • Wear jeans or shorts to an interview
  • Wear strong perfume or cologne
  • Chew gum or use slang
  • Slouch, bad posture is sloppy and can leave a bad impression
  • Bring food to the interview

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (2007). Do’s and Don’ts in an Interview.  Retrieved from http://www.mazemaster.on.ca/jobsearch/intdos.htm

 

Additional Resources:

Government of Canada (2012). Writing a Cover Letter.  Retrieved from http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/cover.shtml

Hannon, K. (2011). Want an Unbeatable Resume? Read these tips from a top recruiter. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2011/08/24/want-an-unbeatable-resume-read-these-tips-from-a-top-recruiter/

Lester, M. C. (2012). Recession Job Search Tips for New Graduates. Retrieved from http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/job-search-tips-for-new-graduates/article.aspx

Vogt, P. (2012). Seven First-Time Resume Concerns. Retrieved from http://career-advice.monster.com/resumes-cover-letters/resume-writing-tips/Seven-First-Time-Resume-Concerns/article.aspx