Resumes & Interviewing

Topics: Compliance, Cybersecurity, Managed IT Services, Security

Recipe for a Great Resume

    • Heading: Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address
    • Education: List all degrees you have or anticipate having (ex-Bachelor of Business, expected May 2012)
    • Objective: We prefer reading this in your cover letters, not resumes.
    • Experience: List jobs, internships, and volunteer positions. Keep duties straightforward and in order-from present to past.
    • Skills: Don’t forget computer skills, foreign languages, and creative skills.
    • Honors & Awards: Only list relevant awards. Don’t list an award from High School, unless directly related to your career path.
    • Activities and Special Interests: List useful activities (community service, student government, other groups, etc…) that show leadership, communication or other intangible skills relevant to the position you are seeking.

Do’s and Dont’s

Do

    • Proofread, proofread, proofread
    • Check for both spelling and grammatical errors that spell check won’t always catch
    • Focus on accomplishments, not just responsibilities
    • Use strong action words
    • Use a decent size font – 10 to 12
    • Use professional social media ex: LinkedIn
    • Research the company
    • Write a cover letter addressing the individual requests of each company you’re applying to
    • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
    • Have a strong, confident handshake
    • Maintain eye contact
    • Leave your cell phone in the car
    • Dress professional no matter what the employer’s dress code is
    • Create a professional voicemail message on your cell phone
    • Be your self
    • Always send a thank you letter

Don’t

    • Include false information on your resume
    • Put your picture on your resume
    • Print your resume on fluorescent paper with crazy fonts
    • Share references until requested
    • Write a selfish objective-instead use something more like: “To gain experience in…”
    • Display unprofessional pictures or information on a personal website or Facebook page
    • Forget your picture ID-some places require one at check-in
    • Wear questionable items such as nose piercings or orange shoes
    • Don’t wear perfume or cologne
    • Complain about the receptionist, traffic or difficulty finding the office
    • Allow your voice mail to fill up so employers are unable to leave you messages
    • Constantly call an employer after your interview