Truth About Resume Templates
We’re going to get more real: truths told around resume templates and how you can utilize these tools for your next search. Read through to the end because we cover objective sections and job interview preparation.
Once you get the resume to the right person and they agree to setup an interview or meeting with you, a proper job interview and preparing for a job interview will be super important.
You should take the time to think about the type of job you are applying for and the kind of impression you want to make with your resume.
When writing out your resume, don’t just write down all your experience and qualifications. Point out and make special note of the qualifications and skills you have which will be relevant to the job you are applying for.
If you simply list what you’ve done and when, you will likely get overlooked or lost by employers because it will look general and unthoughtful.
Make yourself stand out by finding out the qualities employers are looking for and concentrating on how you can bring those qualities to their company.
When you are writing about your work history, you should place your jobs in chronological order starting from your most recent or current job and work your way backwards.
Try to find something about each of your jobs which is relevant to the one you are applying for instead of just concentrating on the jobs that are very similar.
Do not under any circumstances leave any gaps in your resume, even if you were unemployed, as this will put off any employers.As with both your cover letter and your objective, make sure that once you have completed your resume you go over it with a fine tooth comb to make sure there are NO spelling or grammatical errors.
Don’t feel embarrassed to show it to family and friends to see what they think, everyone makes mistakes and it is better to have them corrected rather than potential employers receiving an unprofessional resume.
You should try to keep your resume no more than two pages long, if it’s any longer employers will probably give up reading it and move on to the next resume.
Also make sure that whichever template you decide to use, you make your cover letter the same style including font and spacing otherwise the application will not look professional enough.
Job Interview Preparation
Everyone feels nervous when it comes to job interviews but a little preparation helps to minimize those pre-interview jitters as well as giving you an advantage when being interviewed.
No-one ever knows exactly what questions they are going to be asked in an interview but you can generally guess the type of questions likely to come up and prepare for them.
Visiting their website and gathering a good knowledge of the company in question including history, products and services will prepare you for any questions about them in particular. Even if they don’t ask you anything about their company you can always drop it into any answers you are giving and show them you have done your homework.
Apart from specifics about their company, potential employers are also likely to ask you a selection of general questions including why you want to work for them, what direction you see your career going in and any activities you partake in when not working.
Essentially, what the employer is doing is expanding on what youput in your resume. As long as you’ve worked hard on preparing your resume and know it back to front, you should be able to answer any question thrown at you.It is a good idea to sit down with a friend or family member in a mock interview to give yourself a practice run.
You should get them to ask you questions as though you were in a real interview and you should give your answers as though you are actually there. Have a list of questions ready that they can ask you but also, have them write their own list of questions to ask you as they may think of something you didn’t.
Not only does this prepare you for questions you may not have thought of but it also gets you used to having questions sprung on you and helps with your reaction to surprises.
Tips for Job Interviews
- What to Wear to a Job Interview
- When choosing what to wear at a job interview, you can be safe in the knowledge that you cannot be too overdressed. To be safe, a suit is always the best choice and make sure you don’t wear any bright colors.
- Make sure you are comfortable in what you are wearing, if you don’t feel right the interviewer will pick up on it.
- Be Confident in the Job Interview
- Everyone gets nervous when it comes to job interviews but you need to hide that from your interviewer.
- Maintain eye contact, speak in a strong, clear voice and tell them why you are the best candidate for the job.
- Do not say things like ‘I think I could do that’, tell them ‘I certainly can do that’ and explain your best traits to them.
- Answering Difficult Interview Questions
- Every interview has at least one difficult question which you may find difficult answer.
- When you come across one of these, take your time to answer. A prolonged silence is far better than a stuttered answer.
- Break the question down into small sections and answer each one in turn. If you really can’t think of an answer straight away, tell the interviewer you would like to think about it and come back to the question later in the interview.
- Be Specific when Answering Questions
- Make sure you listen carefully to each question asked by the interviewer and compose your answers as specifically as you can.
- Tell the interviewer exactly why you would be best for the job, exactly what experience you’ve got and exactly where you will take their company should they employ you. Being vague with your answers makes it look like you’re not really interested in their company or the job.
- Ask Your Own Questions
- At the end of the interview, you will likely be invited to ask any questions you may have for the employer.
- Have a list prepared beforehand, whether memorized or written down and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you like.
- You should steer clear of asking any questions about how your interview went or what they think of you. In order to create a good impression, ask about the company and what direction it’s going in.
Your Resume Objective Section
Your resume objective is often the most important part of your entire job searching process.
Each employer gets tens – if not hundreds – of applications for each job and as such don’t have time to read each application in full. Your resume objective is your chance to open doors and have employers take notice of your application above the competition.
Think of your resume objective as an introduction to who you are, which job you require and what experience you bring to the position.
You need to make your resume objective as eye catching as possible whilst fitting as much information about you and what you can bring to the company into just a couple of lines.
When writing your resume objective make sure you keep it short and to the point. You should never exceed one or two sentences or if you prefer to use bullet points, no more than three.
Don’t be vague with your objective; let the employer know EXACTLY who you are and what you can bring to the job. Every job you apply for should have a completely different resume objective made specifically for that job.
The main points you need to include in your resume objective are:
- What position you are applying for.
- What experience and skills you bring to the job.
- What your career goals and your goals for the job are.
You should also remember that on very rare occasions, a resume objective can be a hindrance rather than a help. When you are applying for a very general job or for any one of a number of jobs, your instinct is to make your resume objective very general to cover all possibilities.
This actually has the opposite effect than you desired and makes it look like you have put no effort into producing a specific objective for that particular company.
An objective which is filled with general statements looks like it has just been copy and pasted with no effort leaving employers thinking you have no interest in their company. On these rare occasions, it is best to include all your positives in your cover letter and leave out an objective.
Resume Objective Examples
Bullet Point Objectives:
- Web Designer with 5+ years experience.
- Looking to improve upon company’s portfolio.
- Managers position in ‘abc’ department.
- Experience includes staff recruitment, staff rotas and leadership skills.
- Would like to improve both staff and customer satisfaction.
Feel free to use the above resume objective examples as templates for your own resume objective but always make sure your objective is unique to the job you are applying for.
Also, as with all aspects of your application, have some friends and family look it over before you submit it. An extra pair of eyes is always useful to pick up on mistakes you may have made.