Resumes & Interviewing

Resumes & Interviewing

Landing a Job You Love

Building a great resume and having a successful interview are key parts of getting a job you’ll love. Whether you’re interviewing for an after-school job, talking to a professor about a work-study program, or proofreading your resume for your first professional opportunity, it’s important to look your best to employers.

Build Up Your Resume

Your resume is useful for college applications, after-school jobs, internships, professional employment and more, so it’s important to get it perfect. Follow these steps to write a resume that stands out. For step-by-step tips for crafting your resume and example resumes for you to base your own on, visit Indiana Career Explorer and navigate Home > My Job Search Tools > My Resumes where you can create and edit resumes and print when complete.

Step 1: Gather information about yourself.

Consider your work experience, volunteer work, skills, accomplishments and education. Keep a running list, as you may use certain information on some resumes and other information on others.

Step 2: Practice.

Make sure that nothing that comes your way during the interview is going to come as a surprise or totally catch you off guard. Having a practice interview with a trusted friend, family member or advisor, where you anticipate questions an interviewer might have and come up with answers, can help you stay focused and answer questions well.

Step 3: Be prepared for the interview.

Dress professionally and make sure to arrive on time. These things really show you care about the position and respect the employer. Many people are nervous when interviewing. But remember, you have been asked to interview for the job because the employer believes you could be right for it. The interview is your chance to confirm that belief. Stay comfortable and confident. Smile warmly and shake hands, make eye contact and maintain good posture. These small things will make you feel more confident, and impress those you meet.

Step 4: Follow up!

Don’t forget to send a “thank you” to the interviewer for meeting with you. It’s a thoughtful gesture and can show how much you care about the position. A handwritten note or a professional and concise email can make all the difference.

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Nail Your Interview

You’ve sent in your resume and you’ve gotten called for an interview. Now what? Follow these steps to ace your meeting and land the position.

Step 1: Research the company.

One of the best ways to show enthusiasm for a job is to research both the company and the position for which you are being interviewed. Employers are impressed by well-informed jobseekers. Before arriving for an interview, you should know what the company does, how large it is, and what role you could play in its organization. With these facts, you can show how your qualifications match the company’s needs. The company’s website is usually the best place to begin. If you know other employees at the company, ask them about it.

Step 2: Be prepared for the interview.

Dress professionally and make sure to arrive on time. These things really show you care about the position and respect the employer. Many people are nervous when interviewing. But remember, you have been asked to interview for the job because the employer believes you could be right for it. The interview is your chance to confirm that belief. Stay comfortable and confident. Smile warmly and shake hands, make eye contact and maintain good posture. These small things will make you feel more confident, and impress those you meet.

Step 3: Follow up!

Don’t forget to send a “thank you” to the interviewer for meeting with you. It’s a thoughtful gesture and can show how much you care about the position. A handwritten note or a professional and concise email can make all the difference.

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