Share your best resume / cover letter / interview / career tips!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

As a job seeking bee, I’m just commenting to follow. I need all the advice I can get =)

Post # 4
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

One of my biggest pet peeves when we’re interviewing candidates for a position is when they can’t articulate what their contribution was on a project. I know its hard because you don’t want to sound like you’re bragging, but it is very important to say “I developed this marketing strategy” or “I performed these calculations” not “our team” or “we.” You’re not trying to sell the team; you’re trying to sell yourself.

Post # 5
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t know if I just got lucky with my interviewers, but I like to joke around with them.  Nothing lewd, offensive, self-deprecating or inappropriate, but show them you have some personality.  I’ve been on the other side, and I really like when the person I’m interviewing can break the ice because it gets old hearing the same answers to the same question over and over and over. 

Plus, I might have to work with and sit next to the guy getting interviewed for years, I want to know that we’ll get along.

Post # 6
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Gemstone:  @PrincessBride27: Well, because you asked 😀 I am very passionate about this and I teach resume and cover letter writing courses / interview seminars at my previous university. I will keep it short and just pick a couple things 😛

Resume/Cover Letter Writing

  • Write a targeted resume and cover letter for each application. A generic one will not work
  • Do not use a standard MS Word template and fill in the elements that are common on high school resumes


  • If you aren’t sure what to wear, opt to be conservative
  • Practice behavioural interview questions and research the company


  • Get as involved as you can – it doesn’t matter if you get a promotion right away because you are building your skill set
  • Develop a career wardrobe and dress for the role you want to have, not the one you currently have

I hope I didn’t bore anyone. That is very brief for me and I still have lots more to say! Lol.

Post # 7
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsPanda99:  Write a targeted resume and cover letter for each application. A generic one will not work.

Absolutely!  It catches the reviewer’s eye immediately when your resume and cover letter are tailored using terminology that is specific to the company and position you are applying for.  Bonus points when you use terms from the posting in your resume and cover letter.  Double bonus for using words from the company’s mission statement because it shows you have actually researched the company (which shows even more itnerest in working for that particular company.)

Post # 10
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPanda99:  Agreed!

I also appreciate some inkling of personality out of my interviewee.  It’s great if the person actually shows interest in the position. 

I was interviewing a potential candidate a couple of weeks ago, and she had a consistent deadpan expression on her face, and almost no inflection to her voice.  When I asked if she had had prior experience with a common set of forms in our industry (she used to work in the field), she just said, “Not really.” I waited for a few beats to see if there would be any elaboration, but there was just nothing.  I would have been satisfied with a follow up comment like, “We generally used form B instead” – or SOMETHING. The whole thing was like pulling teeth.

Also, when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, it’d be great to have one lined up that doesn’t have to do with time off/benefits.  Ask that one AFTER you ask the question that would make the interviewer want to hire you 😉


Post # 11
9037 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

As someone who interviews frequently and has for many years I agree with everything @MrsPanda99:  said, so nothing to add to that list. 

My pet peeves with an interviewee are:

Candidates who are not prepared for the interview.  Practice in front of a mirror or another person if you must, but be prepared.  Know the job you’re interviewing for and research the company extensively.  If you really care about getting the position educate yourself about it.

Candidates not properly attired for the interview.  Nuff said.  And too much jewelry is a turn-off.  Take out your tongue ring, for heaven’s sake.

Overly nervous candidates.  I know, people can’t help their nerves.  And I’m so compassionate I just want to help them out.  The worst thing is when someone turns obviously beet red and starts sweating profusely in a group interview.  I felt so sorry for this one guy who actually broke out in hives on his neck right before the panel’s eyes – it was brutal.  But if you’re obviously shaking like a leaf you are not going to get the job.  Learn to be cool under pressure.

That’s all I got.  😉 

Post # 13
233 posts
Helper bee

I got made redundant due to my workplace closing so over the past year have attended several interviews. My tips would be to always make answers to questions relevant to your experience and what you can offer instead of being vague and to try and let your personality come through. I think likeability is also very important,if you look good on paper but don’t put yourself across well you aren’t going to be as strong a candidate as someone who is likeable.


Post # 14
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Best question to ask in an interview: “What do you like about working here?” Works every time to impress an interviewer.

I also like to ask what their turnover is like because that lets me know how many employees they go through.

Post # 15
441 posts
Helper bee

Work samples are where it’s at. Don’t wait for the company to ask – give them a work sample. Tailor it specifically to the company if you possibly can.

Almost any profession has some kind of output you can show for it – maybe a video of you giving a presentation, or a document template you made for your employer to use. Doesn’t have to be big, just something that’s concrete. A lot of places don’t even think to ask for a work sample, so if you provide one, you’re automatically ahead of other candidates.

I graduated from college in the middle of the current recession, so like many others, I didn’t get any response to my zillions of applications for months. When someone finally did respond, I asked them about the tools they use and built a work sample around one over the weekend. I presented it in an interview and got the job the same day.

Since then, I’ve dealt mainly with prospective employers who are savvy enough to request samples 🙂

Post # 16
3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Keep a hard copy and electronic work portfolio of things you produce at work (excluding confidential work, of course). When you interview for other jobs, you already have work samples collected in one place. I recently switched jobs, and all of my interviewers were impressed when I pulled out a folder of selected work they could look at. 


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