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Resume and Interview Tips

From Resume to Recruited

In the workshop below, Chris Miller, WSU Global Campus Career Counselor, discusses how to draw attention with your resume to land an interview as well as a mock job candidate review activity. Highlights from Miller's webinar can be found as a pdf.

Resume Pointers

  • Present a clear theme - Provide skills that are relevant to the job you are applying to.
  • Full pages versus old industry rule - Use the full page. Avoid white spaces.
  • Font size - Font should be legible. Sizes 10-12 are common font sizes.
  • Verb tense consistency - Consistent writing. Ex. I you’re writing in present tense; you should use present tense writing throughout your resume.
  • Dates and locations - Should be listed consistently. Reverse chronologically is usually ideal for dates.
  • Lead-in - Top one third of your resume should have a nice heading, professional summary, and your best-selling point.
  • Resume header - Provide your name, phone number, email address, and your unique LinkedIn URL.
  • PDF - Best results on uploader side.
  • Who should review your resume? - Have different eyes look at your resume.

      

Common Mistakes 

  • Individuals tend to not include their LinkedIn URL in their heading - It’s important to have a LinkedIn and to post that as your resume lead-in
  • Professional summary - A professional summary should be included. It shouldn’t be too vague or too off point
  • Too long or too short
  • Lacks appropriate format
  • Full sentences - Stick to bullet points
  • Typos - Only listing duties
  • Including references

Preparing For An Interview

Try using these tips to minimize your stress and leave a good impression with the interviewer, courtesy of Chris Miller. See the webinar below or pdf summary for more interview tips.

Interview Tips

  • Practice - your responses to the typical job interview questions most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills.
  • Ask Questions - You are also interviewing them in a way to make sure you want to work for them. Learn about their mission, their work culture and get a sense of how other employees like working there. Asking questions shows you are interested in the company.
  • Research the company - Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.
  • Dress to impress - Interview attire should be neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
  • Be On Time - On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.
  • Stay Calm - Try to relax. During the interviews, maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention. It is better to take a moment before responding to think about the question than to run on and on and on and on.
  • Always follow-up - Send a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position and their time. If you interview with multiple people send each one a personal thank you note. Send your thank you note (email is fine) within 24 hours of your interview.

What Color is Your Parachute 2017 is a book recommended by Miller that discusses:

  • The 20 sec/2 min rule
  • How to use LinkedIn to show evidence of skills
  • and more

What can you do if the job you want isn't posted at your favorite company yet?

Informational interviews are the solution to that problem where you get to ask the questions. This type of interview gives you a chance to get to know the job description and company culture more while showing future employers that you are invested in what they have to offer.