Post # 1
I need some help Bees! DP is an incredibly hard worker. She primarily has retail/food service experience, but every jobs she has had she has been promoted to some level of management. She is stable, dependable, and reliable; her former employers would have nothing but great things to say.
Right now she is working at a crappy minimum wage food service job. She has applied to dozens of other jobs and just isn’t getting called back. At this point I am assuming it’s because of her resume. Maybe there is something wrong with it? Does anyone have any resources I could look into to re-do hers? Is there any pointers to getting your resume to stand out?
Another issue that she has is she feels when she does go on interviews she doesn’t get hired because she looks too dykey. (I know, offensive, right?) She’s not a girly girl, but not masculine by any means. What would be appropriate interview attire for someone interviewing in the food service/customer service field be?
Post # 3
For the resumé: do you know a human resources person you could ask? They can give you pointers right away.
My tips (I’ve been hiring for 2+ years):
-Bold important key words. Hiring managers etc. do not have time to read every detail of every CV. They are looking for key qualifications or experiences, make sure they are visible.
– We tend to read CVs following an “F” trajectory. So the most important information should be on the left of the page vertically, and on the top and middle horizontal areas.
– Does she add a cover letter? I rarely ask anyone to an interview without at least 150 words about why they are interested in and qualified for the position. The “WOW” factor in applications generally comes from the cover letter.
– Check spelling, font, grammar and layout. Make sure the layout is aesthetically pleasing and organised. Use a template if needed. The CV should be easy to read.
– Add susinct and impressive descriptions of each previous position. Extrapolate. She helped decide who brought the pickles to the employee BBQ? Event planning experience. She was responsible for people? Team management / Leadership. And so forth.
And as for the in-person:
Always come professional-looking, even if she’s interviewing to be a graveyard-shift janitor. Dress pants / skirt, nice top or shirt with a jacket. Everything MUST be clean. Take off all jewelry. Only conservative makeup. Hair tied up and recently washed. NO perfume. She may need an outfit just for interviews. I have one jacket and one pair of dress pants, both of which I bought for less than 30 dollars at a used clothing store but look great, that I use for important meetings. I laugh when people say I dress sharp, since usually I wear jeans with holes in them LOL.
That’s all I can think of for now. If you have any more questions, let me know!
Post # 4
at my place of work we also check facebook and other social networking sites. I know that it sounds a little bit funny but i work at a corporate office and my directors are insistent that we do not posts pictures of us drunk etc, so set such online profiles to private to that people who do not know you cant access them.