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Checklists

A few things to help you on your journey

  • Resume Checklist
    The following resume checklist includes the information you should include on your resume. After you finish writing your resume – and before you send it out – have another person review it for content, appearance, and accuracy:

    First Impression

    • Is the resume your work and will it stand out from other resumes?
    • Is the resume simple, with plenty of white space, yet original?
    • Put some time into design work. Make sure the design is not so simple it takes away from the resume.
    • Is the resume tailored for the specific job you are applying for? Different references and different experiences might be more favorable for different jobs.
    • Make sure the length is appropriate for the job and skill level. Most resumes should be one page, but for a more technical or more experience appropriate position it may need to be lengthier.

    Appearance

    • This is your first chance to make a difference in the job seeking process. Are you putting your best foot forward?
    • Are there absolutely no mistakes and is the resume consistent throughout.
    • Is the resume easy to read? Are there design elements to guide the eyes through the resume?
    • Is the most important information in the middle of the resume?
    • Are margins even on all sides?
    • If the resume is longer than a page, does the second page contain a heading? Is the page break formatted correctly?

    Resume Section

    • Is each section labeled correctly and are the labels consistent throughout?
    • Is the most important information you want this employer to see easy to find?
    • The most recent experiences should be listed first and be in reverse chronological order.

    Career Goal

    • A career goal or objective may seem to be extra information but it is important to the employer. Put thought into it and make sure the goal is clear and concise.
    • Your resume should be tailored to meet this career goal and should follow the career goal throughout.
    • If this is a resume for career change, is the current objective clearly stated, along with supporting details showing how past experience is relevant to the new goal?

    Accomplishments

    • List as many accomplishments as is possible, while remembering to be concise. When in doubt include it. It may be possible to add more info and shrink the font size if necessary.
    • You can often be more concise by making sure to include measurable accomplishments.
    • Make sure the statements accompanying the accomplishments are alive. Include strong and powerful words, especially the verbs.

    Relevance

    • Make sure the information you are providing is going to be relevant to the person who is hiring for this position.
    • Keep the content short and to the point and, again, make sure it is in support of the career goal.
    • Review your industries’ keywords. Make sure to include the most important keywords in the resume.
    • When you are deciding which material to omit from the resume always start by omitting personal information.

    Writing Style

    • Make sure the writing style in the resume is consistent throughout and is alive and attention grabbing.
    • Is the content flow logical and easy to understand?
    • Review your industries’ keywords. Make sure to include the most important keywords in the resume.
    • The most important thing about the resume is to make sure there are absolutely no mistakes. Oftentimes the employer is forced to find mundane reasons to eliminate candidates and the easiest way to eliminate a candidate early in the process is because of mistakes in the resume.

  • Interview Checklist
    Are you ready to interview? This interview checklist will help you through the process and hopefully lead to a successful interview.

    Pre-Interview

    • Do your homework. In most interviews, you will be asked what you know about the company, to prepare for this question, ask your recruiter for the company's website and perform thorough internet research about company.
    • Make sure you have the name of the person interviewing you.
    • Know if the position is a temp-to-hire or permanent. Your recruiter can help you with these and other questions.
    • Think about questions that may be asked of you and your responses.
    • Prepare yourself with questions that you can ask about the job.
    • Take a contact number with you in the event of an emergency.
    • Plan your route and leave early in the event of a delay.

    Interview

    • You should be dressed appropriately and clothing should be neatly pressed.
    • Arrive at least 10 minutes early.
    • Be confident and smile. Interviews can be stressful. Try to relax as much as possible.
    • Make sure you have a firm handshake.
    • Listen closely and respond clearly.
    • Maintain good eye contact with those that are interviewing you.
    • Be prepared with your resume, notepad and pen.
    • Turn off your cell phone.

    After Your Interview

    • Call your recruiter and let them know you have finished.
    • Convey your thoughts and details about the interview.
    • If you have questions, ask.

  • Succeed In A New Job
    Landing a new job is a great feeling; however, it’s only the beginning. The real job interview begins when you start working and offers a true test of aligning your profile to the employer’s requirements and culture. The pressure can be daunting, but you can follow a few steps to ensure you lay the right foundation for your exciting new opportunity.

    You're in! Now What?

    • Get as much information about the company and the specific job prior to starting your employment.
    • Be aware of your leadership strengths and weaknesses.
    • Be ambitious but have restraint.
    • Put some thought into a career path and write down some notes on what your goals are before beginning the job.
    • Don’t be afraid to share those goals with the right people if the opportunity presents itself.
    • Think about what you can do to be better prepared for the job. Is there additional training in your field that you can get started on your own. Is there training you should seek going forward?
    • Stay on top of Time Management by planning out your days and weeks. Make sure to include personal time, but also plan your travel time to and from work and try to find ways to maximize your time.
    • Think about the relationships you can foster in your new job. Work on developing and expanding relationships, build an internal network.
    • Listen and learn.
    • Communicate regularly with your manager.
    • Don’t expect to know everything; Avoid negativity and gossip.
    • Express gratitude.

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