Resume and Interview Tips

When u see an advertisement for any job, u wish to apply for that particular one and start making your résumé. but u know that when an employer can receive hundreds of resumes in response to an advertised place. For every hundred resumes an employer receives, only a few resumes stand out to be the best in his eyes. So when you’re ready to send your résumé, consider this checklist to increase your chances of getting the job:
Here are some tips u should follow:
1. Follow all the instructions given by them: Make sure you follow any instructions to the letter.Suppose,if they says to put the place title in the subject line, do it—no matter what subject line you’d rather use instead. If you don’t, there’s a good chance your résumé will go straight to the bottom of the pile, simply because you didn’t follow directions.
2. Convert your résumé to PDF: if your résumé is a PDF, you can be sure your formatting will be preserved. If it’s in Word, the document may display differently on the recipient’s computer than it does on yours. Avoid plain text resumes, which typically don’t look as polished as formatted ones.
3. Always include a cover letter: Always send a cover letter with your résumé—even if they don’t ask for one. This your chance to make the case for your candidacy. Unless the employer specifically instructs otherwise.
4. Cover letter can be in the body of the email itself: It’s fine to attach your cover letter as a separate document if you prefer, but putting the text in the body of the email itself makes it easier to scan quickly.
5. Send it to the right person: Use the e-mail address included in the job posting, of course. But you can also take this a step further to increase your chances of landing the job
6. Don’t get too creative with your résumé format: The most important function of your résumé design is to allow the employer to scan it quickly and understand the highlights of your experience and skills
7. Don’t submit extra documentation: Candidates sometimes include writing samples, letters of recommendation, transcripts, or even photos. Bring these sorts of extras (well, not photos) to your interview or wait to see whether the employer asks for more documentation, but don’t send it in your first e-mail
8. Update your profile on LinkedIn: This is also one of the best way to attract the employer. Just make sure your résumé and LinkedIn profile match, and that they don’t contradict each other.
9. Formatting and feel: Your résumé can impress or depress the employer. Lots of open space, a clear, easy-to-read font such as 12 point Arial, and easy-to-find and skim information, entice the employer to read on. An error-free resume is rare. Indeed, some hiring managers will not further consider your candidacy if they find even one mistake. correct spelling, proper grammar, no missing words, and no typing mistakes make your résumé more attractive in their eyes.
10. Contact Information: Give the potential employer your cell phone number, even if you have to buy a mobile for your job search. Avoid the dreaded phone tag that may make you miss out on an interview altogether.
11. Customize an “objective”: The goal is your opportunity to connect your skills, experience, traits, and job requirements with those the employer is seeking. Read the job posting carefully and you can pick out exactly what the employer believes he needs.
12. References: it is not necessary to include names and address of references on the resume. If you include a reference, make it sure that the referenced person knows very well about you. It is also advisable to add the persons as references, whom the employer can contact easily. If possible add the phone number and e-mail ID of the reference. Never add a person as a reference, about whom you know nothing.
13. Stick to the point: Employers have a busy schedule, so don't expect them to read through a long resume. Ideally, resumes should be of one page or of two pages only if necessary, to describe relevant work experience.
14. Experience: Employers need to know what you have accomplished to have an idea of what you can do for them. Don't be vague. Telling someone who you "improved the company's efficiency" doesn't say much. But if you say that you "cut overhead costs by 20 per cent and saved the company Rs 20 lakh during the last fiscal year", you are more specific.
15. Words Count:Use of language is extremely important; you need to sell yourself to an employer quickly and efficiently. Address your potential employer's needs with a clearly written, compelling resume. Avoid large paragraphs (five or six lines). Use action verbs. Verbs such as "developed", "managed", and "designed" emphasise your accomplishments. Don't use declarative sentences like "I developed the ..." or "I assisted in ...", leave out the "I". Avoid passive constructions, such as "was responsible for managing". Just say, "managed": that sounds stronger and more active.

Some Interview and Resume Tips are as follows:
  • First work is to Research about the company in which you are going for an interview.
  • Please visit their website for details about the specified company.
  • Dont wear loud make up for your interview. Wear formal clothing when going for the interview.
  • Don’t get hesitate.Speak fluently and without any hesitation.
  • Reach at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • When talking look into the eye of the person this indicated that you are confident.
  • Never show that you are desperate for the job. After you are done thank the person/s and shake hands before you take leave.
  • You resume should be error free and should sum up all your details in an organized and concise way.
  • Your resume should be presented very neatly and it should attract attention and interest at the first look. But that does not mean that you have to make it decorative.
Follow These Basic Standards....
  • Don't overcrowd your résumé; allow for plenty of white space.
  • Keep your résumé to one page when possible.
  • Keep the number of fonts you use to a least -- two at the most.
  • Use a font that is easy to read. Times Roman works well.
  • Do not prove the lines of type on your résumé. Allow the right side of the page to "rag."
  • Do not overuse capitalization, italics, underlines, or other emphasizing features.
  • Make sure your name, address, and a phone number appear on your résumé and all correspondence, preferably at the top of the page.
  • Print your résumé on white or cream paper using a good-quality printer.
  • second and third-generation photocopies must be avoided
  • Print on one side of the paper only.
Avoid Mistakes:

Spelling Mistakes:

To avoid spelling mistakes:
  • Don't use words with which you aren't familiar.
  • Use a dictionary as you write.
  • Perform a spell check on your finished resume.
  • Carefully read every word in your résumé.
  • Have a friend or two proof read your résumé for you.
Punctuation Mistakes:

Things to look for:
  • Periods at the end of all full sentences.
  • Be consistent in your use of punctuation.
  • Always put periods and commas within quotation marks.
  • Avoid using exclamation points.
Grammatical Mistakes:

Do not switch tenses within your résumé.
  • Duties you may have performed at past jobs should be in past tense (i.e., wrote reports).
  • Capitalize all proper nouns.
  • When expressing numbers, write out all numbers between one and nine (i.e., one, five, seven), but
  • use numerals for all numbers 10 and above (i.e., 10, 25, 108).
  • If you begin your sentence with a numeral, spell out that numeral (e.g. Eleven service awards won while employed.).
  • Make sure your date formats are consistent (i.e.11/22/01 or Nov. 22, 2001, or 11.22.01. Choose one and stick with it.).
  • Choose Your Words Carefully:
  • Phrase yourself well:
  • Be on the lookout for the following easily confused words:
  • Accept (to receive), except (to exclude)
  • All right (correct), alright (this is not a word)
  • Affect (to bring about change), effect (result)
  • personal (private), personnel (staff members)
  • role (a character assigned or a function), roll (to revolve).
  • Use action words (i.e., wrote reports, increased revenues, directed staff).

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