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Resume Tips to Nail That Job Interview

Your resume is extremely important. Think about it. In the span of a few pages, you need to convey that YOU are worthy of at least being considered for that job vacancy. It really doesn’t matter if you are applying for a manager job or an executive position, what’s important is that the resume contents and resume layout fit the position at hand. Sadly, many ruin their chances at job success because they cannot format their resumes properly. Don’t be one of them. Follow our resume tips and you’ll get the chance you deserve.

Resume Tips to Help you Get that Job Interview Call

Before you go on your hunt for great job interview tips, you should first focus on writing a great resume. After all, the job interview will come IF your resume says you deserve it.

Resume Tip No. 1 – Different resume types require different resume formats.

Your resume is really your ‘first impression’ and just like any real, one-on-one interview, it’s important that your resume conveys the right ‘image’. For instance, an executive resume is best presented with a cover letter outlining the highlights of your career. For the succeeding pages, it’s best to list your work experience in reverse chronological order (i.e., most recent first). For mid-level positions, a cover letter is not really required. For new graduates, it’s best to start your resume with your educational attainment and any related ‘on-the-job’ training or seminars even if you are currently employed.

Apart from the above, you can’t go wrong with using a clear, easy-to-read font like Times New Roman 10 pt or 12 pt. Also, assuming you send in your resume via email, use general Word processing software like Microsoft Word. Don’t use the latest version as it may not yet be used by those handling recruitments, rending your resume un-openable and thus, useless.

Resume Tip No. 2 – Include a no B.S. executive summary.

Job recruiters get really annoyed when they’re fed with Executive Summaries that are VAGUE. The Executive Summary must answer the question on why you are the best candidate for the job. The best resume layout for this would be to enumerate your skills in a bulleted list. Each skill should be written so that it clearly shows how that skill makes you a perfect fit for the job vacancy in particular, and the company in general.

Resume Tip No. 3 – Do NOT lie.

Who doesn’t embellish his resume to get that job interview? That’s true… but don’t exaggerate to the point of lying either. For instance, you know that figures are great in resumes, but don’t say “Managed a $50 million dollar publishing project…” if it you cannot back up that figure. Don’t forget that job recruiters, especially for managerial and executive positions, really do check up with previous employers.

Resume Tip No. 4 – What about online resumes?

A great resume tip that doesn’t cost anything at all is to view sample online resumes! There’s a lot of information out there for different types of resumes with samples to boot so do give them a try. Apart from free samples, there are also ready-to-use online resume templates you can purchase where all you need to do is just ‘fill out the blanks’. If you opt for this, just ensure that the template really fits your resume needs.

Resume Tip No. 5 – Hire a professional resume writer.

When all else fails, or if you don’t have the time, or the job is simply too important that you want to go in with your BEST chance at landing a job interview, then by all means, get the services of a professional resume writer. Not everybody is blessed with having that special way with words so a professional CV writer can definitely help you. Note too that such a person can help you ‘smooth out’ some job history problems you may have such as employment gaps or ‘job hopping’ trends (i.e., moving from one job to another in relative short periods of time).

When it comes top writing resumes, you should always put your best foot forward so you get called for that job interview. Hopefully, the resume tips we’ve provided here helps you achieve exactly that.

Secrets of Succeeding in Job Interviews

There are some basic types of information secrets recruiters seek from job seekers during a typical job interview. Knowing what these points are and how to answer the questions that arise from them will make you better prepared and more in control of the interview process.

Each is designed to showcase your best skills and qualifications. Together, they make up a six point strategy that would enable you to seal your qualification in any interview situation. You can’t possibly be prepared for every situation, but once you have developed these key secrets, you would be able to apply them to any interview question you face.

PASSION FOR SUCCESS
Ask yourself, “Why am I interested in working in this field in this industry?”. Do you have a passion for the business? If so, why? Give specific examples of the things that excite you. This could be anything from enjoying the challenge of meeting increasingly higher sales goals, to a sense of satisfaction derived from developing a product from the creation stage to final production. Offer personal experience where possible.

MOTIVATION AND PURPOSE
Interviewers will want to know why you want a job with their company. Ask yourself, “Why do I want this interview?”. Don’t simply repeat your resume and employment history. What is the most compelling case you can make to prove your interest? Have you used the company’s products or talked to its customers or competitors?

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Consider your key skills and how you will use them in this job. Avoid unnecessary answer and generalities; instead, offer specific evidence. Think about your weaknesses and how you can minimize and balance them with your strengths. Try to describe yourself as objectively as possible. Avoid sounding arrogant or defensive.

COMPATIBILITY WITH THE JOB
Discuss your specific qualifications for the job. How well do they meet the requirements for the position? Your answer should describe both positive and negative aspects of recent jobs without dwelling on the negative aspects. Conclude by focusing on what you are seeking in your next job. Keep in mind that your next response should match closely the position you are applying for.

PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITY
Offer proof, with examples, of your problem solving. How you have resolved difficult issues in the past? Are you practical in how you apply technical skills? Are you realistic? Focus on real issues.

PERSONAL INTEREST AND HOBBIES
Do you have a balanced lifestyle? Is your personality reflected in the type of job you choose as well as in the outside activities you pursue? Is your personal and career interest compatible? The interviewer will also be interested in your small involvement. How commendably would you reflect the company image?