Interview & Resume Building
A resume gives a prospective employer details about your past employment accomplishments, education, related skills and volunteer history. Just by looking at your resume, an employer can tell how much time you put into developing your resume, your attention to detail, and your effectiveness at describing measurable accomplishments that may be of value to them. Click above for tips on building great resumes.
A cover letter is the gateway to your resume. Some employers do not even make it past the cover letter, while others, won't even look at your resume without one. Building an effective cover letter gives the employer a snapshot at your professional writing skills, and allows them to briefly see why they should move on to the next page. Visit the link above, for help in designing your own!
If you've made it to the interview process, that means you were succesful in delivering a meanigful mesage to your prospective employer through your cover letter & resume. There are different types of interviews, however they all measure whether or not you are fit for their position.
Top-10 tips for a successful job interview (from youth.gc.ca)
- Dress for success. Professional business clothes are always appropriate, regardless of the type of job you are interviewing for. Proper hygiene and a tidy appearance are important. Iron your clothes if you can, and avoid strong perfumes or colognes.
- Be there on time. Try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to be safe. Find out ahead of time where you're going and how long it will take to get there. Drive or travel the route a day or two ahead, at the same time of day as you will on the day of the interview. Confirm how often the buses run. Have a back-up plan.
- Let your personality shine. If you’re excited about the job, don’t be afraid to show it. Employers want passionate employees, so be yourself. Just remember to always keep it professional.
- Be confident. Feeling nervous in an interview is perfectly normal; just don’t let your nerves overpower your interview. Eye contact and a calm, clear speaking voice are excellent ways to show your confidence.
- Watch your body language. During your interview, relax and sit naturally, but don't slouch in your chair or lean on the interviewer's desk. Avoid chewing gum, or fidgeting with jewelry or your hair.
- Be professional. This begins with a smile and a firm handshake. Remember, this is your first introduction to the organization, so be polite to everyone you meet and turn off your cell phone.
- Listen and ask for clarification, if you need it. Remember to listen carefully to the interview questions so that you actually answer the question, and never interrupt. If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
- Let them know what you have to offer. When answering the questions, let the employer see what you have to offer their organization. Talk about your past experiences and accomplishments without bragging, and tie those experiences to how they can help you contribute to their organization.
- Think before you speak. Although you want to be open and honest in your interview, avoid talking about your personal or financial problems.
- Don’t linger. Leave as soon as the interview is over, making sure you don’t linger. Shake the interviewer’s hand again, restate your interest in working for the organization, and thank them for the interview.