@jigga143: This is my advice for both resumes and interviews:
– Never put unneccessary information on your resume. No hiring manager is going to care what your favorite quotes or hobbies are (trust me, I’ve seen this on resumes). The only time you can make an exception is if the hobby is directly related to the position you’re applying for. For example, you’re applying for a position as a veterinary technician and have spent a considerable amount of time riding and caring for horses on a ranch. (That’s the only example I could think of right now, but you get the idea.)
– Double, triple, and quadruple check your application and resume. Make sure you don’t have glaring typos, improper grammar, etc. I used to hire people in a previous position, and I always rejected applicants immediately for things like that. I know many hiring managers do this as well.
– Since you’re a new graduate and likely don’t have a lot of work experience, you can definitely highlight some of your achievements during college. If you were part of a professional organization, earned a scholarship (or several!), did volunteer work, etc., you can add that to your resume. When I graduated from college, I added these things to my resume under a section labeled: “Collegiate and Community Experience” (or something similar).
– Once you have an in-person interview, make sure you dress professionally. That sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who show up to job interviews wearing jeans (or, in some cases, extremely short skirts and/or extremely tight tops). You definitely want to look put together … Not casual and definitely not slutty (or like you’re going out to the club).
– Do your research prior to any interview (phone or in-person). You’ll likely be asked questions about why you’re interested in that particular company, what makes you qualified to work for that company in a specific department, etc. I’m not suggesting you memorize the year the company was founded, the name of the CEO, etc. … But it’s definitely important to know the basics about the company. You may be looking for a “general” position as, say, an accountant … But why are you applying for an accountant position at that company? There are tons of companies with available accounting positions … Why does that company stand out as a place you’d really like to work?
I can’t think of any other advice right now. It’s very scary entering the workforce for the first time, but have confidence in yourself that you can find a great job. You may not love your first out of school job (I know I didn’t!), but over time you can figure out what will work best for you. And, hey, some people actually do end up in their dream job right out of college … It just depends!
I hope this helps!