Tiana Holding

#7 Advice for Resumes and Job Interviews

Posted on: March 5, 2010

What advice would you offer to a student who is working on a resume or preparing for a job interview? Be sure to share links to three or more sites / blog posts that would be helpful for a PR student.

If you are a writing a resume, here are some of the things that you need to think about first.

Firstly, make sure that you’re resume is professional and presentable. Make sure to proof read your resume before sending it out to someone. Spelling and grammatical errors are something that can slip by you if you don’t take the time to look for them. It’s a small thing that can look really bad. Another thing you should do is to make sure that your resume is relevant to the person/ company that you are sending it to. Do not send the same resume to a bunch of different companies. Not every company has the same standards and is looking for the same thing. Make sure to highligh the areas in which you believe that specific company would be interested in knowing about you. If you’re applying for a job as a nanny, they really don’t need to know that you worked at publix as a cahier. That is not relevant to the job that they want you to do. Also, Make sure that your references are aware that they are your references. Don’t let them be blindsided by a call from the company you have applied to.

For a job interview, Dress accordingly. Think of where you’re going and the job you are trying to get when you are dressing for the interview. If you are applying for a job at mcdonald’s, obviouldy it’s a lot less formal than if you are applying for a job at a major corporation. Two, make sure you’re prepared to answer questions that they may ask about the company. Do your research. Maybe propose a few questions to yourself that you think they would ask you or even have a trial interview with a friend and have them ask you a few questions. Be prepared. Lastly, be friendly. Be open and friendly, but try not to be too chatty. Kind of feel the situation out a bit before you start blabbing on and on. The person interviewing you may not want to hear your life story and may take you to be too talkative and not serious about what you’re trying to do so try to balance on that. Be open and friendly without being overly attentive.

Here are some links to help you out a bit more.

http://www.free-resume-tips.com/10tips.html

http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp

http://jobsearch.about.com/cs/interviews/a/aceinterview.htm

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