Resume, the entry permit for an interview should reflect your personality and must be impressive to the Client. Resume has only one specific purpose – to win an interview. Properly written, it will result in an invitation for the interview, or else in the rejection. Your personality is seen through the resume and hence one should be careful while presenting the same. A resume should set the appetite, stimulate the interest in meeting you and learn more about you. It should not only reflect the past jobs; but should predict how you might perform in the required position.
Job Objective not mentioned does not show a sense of direction. One should be specific in the job search-if not the Clients will not be interested perusing further through the resume. It should be tailored to suit the particular job /job description.
Clear Job Objective, brief description of the same is the point to start with. Rather than starting with “responsibilities included" use on-the-job accomplishments.
Chronological format is widely preferred by Clients, and works well if you're staying in the same field (especially if you've been upwardly-mobile). Only use a Functional format if you're changing fields, and you're sure a skills-oriented format would show off your transferable skills to better advantage; and be sure to include a clear chronological work history!
Have several different job Objectives? Then write a different resume for each different job target. A targeted resume is stronger (and accepted) than a generic resume. Impress a Client – by filling your resume with “PAR” statements. PAR stands for Problem-Action-Results. First you state the problems existed in your work place, then describe what action you took and finally the beneficial results achieved. Egs. Transformed disorganized, inefficient warehouse into a smooth running operation by totally redesigning the layout, which saved company thousands of dollars in recovered stock. OR – Improved an engineering company’s obsolete filing system by developing a simple but sophisticated functional- coding system – which saved time and money by recovering valuable, previously lost project records.
Prepare for the Interview:
Research the company with whom you are interviewing. Nothing impresses an interviewer more than a candidate that knows about the company. It shows that you have initiative. Get there on time. The importance of punctuality cannot be stressed enough. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes early. It shows your regard for the interviewer's time. If you have to wait, use the time to go over your notes.
Get the dress-for-success suit out of the cleaners and shine your shoes. Wait until you get the job offer and then maybe you can relax your dress code when you know the new company's standards.
If you want to land the right job with people to whom you can relate, and with a boss that understands your capabilities, "tests" can actually help you find the perfect fit. Look at tests as tools to communicate your strengths. Companies really want to hire people who will be happy and grow with their company. Tests are not meant to exclude so much as they are designed to identify the right person for the right job. A test may actually help you avoid getting into a situation you may regret!
For salary requirements put negotiable, unless specified not to do so. Then put the salary range for your profession with your experience.
Be sure to thank the interviewer for his time It may be obvious to some that most of the things you should not do are the opposite of what you should. However, some people need reinforcing.
Make sure your answers are short and to the point.