Keep the following tips in mind when preparing for an interview and writing
You have 5 seconds to impress the person reading your resume so make the most
of those 5 seconds, but BE HONEST.
DO NOT interrupt the interviewer, wait to respond to a question or to
Make sure you have NO MISPELLED WORDS! Have a friend proofread your resume to
make sure there are no errors. Even using spell check will not catch
there/their, no/know, two/to/too... etc. Errors on a resume can mean the
difference of you being called back for an interview or not.
DO NOT LIE, especially about criminal past. BE HONEST!
DO NOT CHEW GUM or have anything in your mouth when speaking in your
Keep it short, but don't leave important information out. It is ok to have a
two-page resume! For instance...If you are a warehouse manager and you leave
out information such as "forklift certified, very skilled with operating
scissor lifts and high lifts, fluent with many WMS Software including FEDEX,
UPS, FastShip" etc... You could be eliminating yourself from the pool of
DO NOT BRING CHILDREN with you to your interview. It looks very
unprofessional and it is a distraction from you and your presentation of
Summary section of a resume is important if you are lacking skills or
experience. This section gives you the opportunity to focus more on your work
ethic and traits than actual work experience. See example:
Summary of Qualifications:
- Dependable, trustworthy and dedicated individual.
- Excellent work ethic and drive to succeed.
- Proven to be a valued employee by positive work references and
recommendations from past employers.
- Flexible and willing to prove myself through performance reviews.
Fancy Schmancy! Wondering about fancy paper? One of those fancy covers? Pretty
colors? In our professional opinion, keep it simple, factual, strong and to the
point! Make sure it dosen't have the dreaded "coffee ring" on it, but it can be
on nice, plain white paper. The fancy marbled paper does not fax well
Remember, you have 5 seconds to grab the attention of the reader and
you are ultimately hoping that they call you in for an interview. Once
you have their attention, you don’t want to bore them with mistakes or overly
redundant information. Just sell yourself! SELL SELL SELL!