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Top Job Interview and Resume Tips

If you search websites about applying for jobs, applying for jobs online, or resume tips, things start to look the same.

There are many tips out there about performing well in job interviews and having the best resume, but sometimes you can get information overload and do too much.

Here are two basic lists that will cover your bases, but not have you do too much when going to a job interview or creating a resume:

Job Interview Tips

Dress Conservatively.  Wear nice dress pants, dressier shirt, no big jewelry or accessories.

Be Prepared.  Find out about the company beforehand.  Do some background research so you can make conversation.

Be Polite.  Shake the interviewer’s hand.  Don’t sit until you are invited to.  Don’t slouch in your chair.  Don’t use slang words.  Be polite, positive and professional throughout the interview.

Know Your Schedule.  Know what days and times you are available to work.  The employer will ask.  Flexibility is an asset, because the more you are available, the easier it is for them to set a work schedule.  Also, have a plan of how you are going to get to and from work, if you don’t have your own car.

Be on Time.  Arrive at the interview site a few minutes early.  If you’re not sure where to go, get directions ahead of time.

Send a Thank You Note.  Take a few minutes to thank the person who interviewed you. Sending a paper note is always best – tell them thank you for their time and for meeting with you.

Resume Tips

  1.  Make sure you have a lot of                            “white space”                            on your resume.  You don’t want it to be too crowded.
  2. Use bullet points over paragraph-style descriptions.
  3. Never use personal pronouns on a resume (I, me, my).
  4. Use action verbs to describe your duties at past jobs.
  5. Use specific examples of accomplishments and job duties.
  6. Never include personal information such as age and race.
  7. Never list your references on a resume – if people want them, they will ask for them.
  8. Spell chck, spll check, spell check!
  9. A clean design with ONE or TWO fonts is always best.

10. Make sure your social networking doesn’t include anything you don’t want a future boss to see – especially pictures, swearing, and even some of your friends – people do judge you by the company you keep so you may want to “hide” some of your friends on Facebook.

11. Last, but not least, unless you’re a model, never include your picture on, or with your resume.

Some Resume Funnies

All you have to do is search “funny resumes” or “resume bloopers” and you will be inundated with funny anecdotes from various companies who have collected some hilarious resumes.

These resumes definitely make for some fun water-cooler humor, but it won’t land you a job.  In fact, mistakes will repel would-be employers.

Be careful when you’re typing your resume or submitting an online job application.  Check, double check and then recheck your spelling and word choices, and then have someone else check it too!

Here are some funnies from resumes around the world:

Education:  “I have a bachelorette degree in computers.”

Background:  “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).

Hobbies:  “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians.”

“2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people.”

Hobbies:  “drugs and girls”.

Achievements:  “Nominated for prom queen.”

One resume said that the individual had won a contest for building toothpick bridges in middle school.

One applicant used colored paper and drew glitter designs around the border.

“Finished eighth in my class of ten.”

“It’s best for employers that I not work with people.”

“Marital status:  often. Children:  various.”

Interests:  “gossiping.”

Languages:  “Speak English and Spinach.”

Objective:  “So one of the main things for me is, as the movie ‘Jerry McGuire’ puts it, ‘Show me the money!'”

Qualifications:  “Twin sister has accounting degree.”

Application:  Why should an employer hire you?  “I bring doughnuts on Friday.”

Experience:  “Child care provider:  Organized activities; prepared lunches and snakes.”

Personal:  “I am loyal and know when to keep my big mouth shut.”