(Closed) Share your best resume / cover letter / interview / career tips!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This might be job-specific, but my biggest tip is to be interesting! This is important both for resumes and for interviews. It really gives you a leg up when you have great qualifications and come across as someone that I would want to be friends with outside of work. Make your interviewer want to see you 40+ hours every week. Nobody wants to spend all that time with a boring robot. It’s a bad sign if you can’t make me smile or laugh at least once during the interview. (I laugh all the time so this is pretty easy to do.)

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love to ask at the end of the interview “Given the information you have, is there any concerns you have regarding my experience and this position?”  This allows you to address any misconceptions or conerns they have before they make a decision.  It also allows you to tell them how you will rectify and issues they have.

Resumes- Accomplishments and results, not tasks! Its not “Updated a website” its “Managed website content to reflect company image which resulted in 20% increase in daily pageviews”

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Tagging to follow!

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@ThreeMeers:  oooh this is a good one!

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

1. Research, research, research – I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum (applicant and interviewer), and nothing kills an interview faster than “So… what does your company do?” I came armed with the most recent financials and insitution write-up to my current job – there’s a reason I beat out about 100 candidates for it.

2. Stay professional – As an interviewer/manager, I could not believe the amount of cover letters that started off “I am a wife and  mother of three children.” That’s great, but how is that related to working here? Those got tossed fast.

3. Show up on time – not too early and not too late. I had a candidate who showed up an hour early for her interview when the office was just opening up. I had just gotten into work, and she was already there. She actually did get the job b/c she was extremely hard-working and interviewed well – her logistics on the other hand? No.

4. Treat a job search like a full-time job. My bro’s chronically unemployed friend is always whining that he can’t get a job. I tried helping him out in his search, but stopped after his idea of effort was “a couple resumes a week.” NO. I sent out at least 50 resumes before I got my interview at my current gig.

5. If you are in school – your professors are your best source. In my grad program, the professors are very willing to take resumes and make a connection. Make sure to take advantage of that.

6. Watch yourself online. I have seen firsthand managers at my company print out people’s FB and Linked In profiles. That’s not a myth that you only read out on MSN Careers – people are researching candidates hard-core now.

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@Gemstone:  I hope my tips above add something! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@LadyBear:  I would like to add for finance/accounting Bees that this may not always be possible as our line of work tends to be very confidential. But what you can do is maybe come up with an Excel spreadsheet model template that you can use for your schedules and show potential employers that with dummy numbers.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@ThreeMeers: 

I love to ask at the end of the interviewGiven the information you have, [are] there any concerns you have regarding my experience and this position?”

This is a GREAT one. Wish I could go back in time to use this in past interviews.

 

 

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Some basics, but you’d be surprised at what we see when hiring:

1) Make sure you highlight work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. On the CV for sure, and in a cover letter is good, too. I’ve passed over numerous candidates who seemed like okay people, but they didn’t demonstrate any knowledge or interests specific to the position in their CV.

2) Invest time in your CV, and proofread it! Little mistakes reflect very poorly on a candidate. Ditto copying and pasting descriptions of tasks/jobs from elsewhere. It should be in your own words, organized, and coherent.

3) Please don’t chew gum in an interview. And show up on time (i.e. a few minutes before your apointment). And turn off your phone. All the common courtesies apply.

4) In the interview, be personable, interesting and interested. Prepare a question or two to ask at the end of the interview. If you’re stumped, a good one is to ask for a description of what an average day on the job involves.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Commenting to follow.  I have an interview for a position next week I would LOVE to be offered.  If not, I’ve got some hardcore job searching at the end of September.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

@Gemstone:  I help my boss process a 12 inch stack of resumes, here are my tips:

1) Be super specific in your cover letter. If it is a form letter, I will throw it out. I want to know why this job is the job for you.

2) Be specific on your resume about what you did and what you achieved. If it is general, it is tossed. “I awarded a new contract which saved money” is no where near as effective as “I oversaw all stages of the procurement process for the new XX contract, which resulted in 40% cost reduction with an improved level of service”

3) Be honest in your interview. I was interviewing for a position that oversaw four offices. I was honest in saying that I was minimally familiar with three of them and had strong feeling about one of them (I believe my quote was “I hate YYY. It is so difficult to use”). Being honest got me more onboarding with the other offices (and ultimately got me responsible for fixing YYY program a year later)

4) Know who you are talking to. Of the 15 people I have interviewed, you would not believe how many have not looked at the org chart (so they don’t realize they are talking to their potential boss’ boss’ boss) or are backgrounds (direct quote “I am not sure if you are familiar with {very common term in my field}, my boss literally said “Yes, we are. In fact, in your presentation, you are citing work from me, John, Joy, and Betsy” (pointing to them in the room). Awkward.

Post # 28
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Anyone else have any great questions to ask during an interview? I have one tomorrow morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

1. Be personable.  And humor helps.  Of course companies are looking for someone who is qualified, but they are also looking for someone whom they will enjoy being around every day.

2. Always arrive 5 minutes early to the interview.  On time is late.

3. Always wear a suit to an interview, even if you’re interviewing for a retail position!

4. Always follow up the interview with a thank you e-mail or a thank you card.

5. Ask questions in the interview.  Come prepared with a list of questions you have.  Some of these questions may be answered within the interview, so take note of that.  Check off the questions on a piece of paper (bring paper, 3 copies of your resume, and a pen to the interview) and ask the remaining questions at the end of the interview.

6. Be the first to extend your hand to introduce yourself to the person you’re interviewing with.  It shows assertiveness.

 

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@vorpalette:  

Here are some staple questions:

– What do YOU like about working here?

– When are you looking to fill the position?

– What is your ideal employee?

Post # 31
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love all of this, I’m adding to my favorites for future job searches!

Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@vorpalette:  Anything business related is always good.  Like what they think they’ve done well the past year and where they see themselves going into the new year.

I tend to always ask for specific examples of their culture.  It’s a good question to ask, and I find it to be very insightful.

My personal recommendation is to get ballsy.  Get in touch with folks on LinkedIn, go to sponsored events in your field (you can find these on LinkedIn) & ask to go on Job Shadows.  Getting to know people is absolute key.  Resumes are resumes are resumes – they’re a dime a dozen.  I can’t remember one from another or one that has really impressed me.

But I always remember a face.

Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

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