Here are some helpful tips and resources to help you with your resume, interviews and cover letters:
Resume Dos and Don’ts
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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