A few tips from Allied Reliability’s Recruiting & Staffing Team on how to make sure your resume reflects all that you have to offer.
Unless you have more than 10 years of experience, your resume should be no longer than one page. Always stick to a simple layout.
Begin by composing a clearly stated job objective. State what you want to do, for whom, where, and at what level of responsibility. Use concrete examples to stand out from the crowd. Instead of just listing your job skills, describe the benefits and results of your performance. For each permanent job or staffing assignment, develop a list of major accomplishments, placing the most emphasis on your recent achievements.
Leave this portion to the in-person interview.
You only have one shot to make a great impression. Showcase your strengths and one or two outstanding skills or abilities.
Proofread, and have others proofread them, too. Make your resume understandable by avoiding jargon and using plain English.
The interview process is intimidating for job seekers at all levels. Allied wants to be sure that you are prepared for the road ahead with these interview tips.
Clear your schedule of any other commitments. The interview might run long and explaining that you have to be somewhere else could create an awkward situation.
One day before your interview, call to confirm the date, time, and location of the interview. Make sure you have your contact’s phone numbers in case you have to call.
Also, try to avoid arriving more than 10 minutes early. Arriving late not only labels you as rude, it also makes you seem unreliable. If unforeseen circumstances arise and you must be late, do everything you can to call ahead of time.
If you know the names of interviewers in advance, confirm the pronunciation and spelling. If you don’t know, overdress. If possible, find out in advance what attire is appropriate for that environment. If you’re still not sure, wear your best. There’s no such thing as overkill when dressing for an interview.
Unless there is a bona fide crisis, turn off your cell phone or pager.
Be prepared to answer the dreaded question, “Tell me about yourself and your background.” Your statement should include some information on the types of companies and industries you have worked for, your strengths, your transferable skills, and some of your personal traits.
The employer will want to find out about your past experience—successes and failures, your work ethic, and your track record. Be able to amplify every item on your résumé.
Provide any documents that might have been requested, such as references, an employment application, or samples of your work, then send a thank you letter the day after the interview. If a week has passed, call to express your continued interest and to see if you could offer more information.