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

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 48
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Sugar bee

I’ve always found that making yourself relatable to the interviewer can get you far. Search for things you could have in common. If I ever see pics of kids in the office I ask if those are their children and throw in the fact that I have an adorable 2 year year old. People like to talk about they kids

Post # 49
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@vorpalette:  

I’m not saying this is true for all jobs obviously not. But if the person pulls out a paper with questions written on. I start thinking why the hell this person cant remember 3 questions without looking (you could have refreshed your memory before you came in the room)

We always always have the CV, application everything in front of us but okay stick it in your bag and dont show it unless asked

 

Post # 50
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11232 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mallo:  I always take a nice leather padfolio with me, with pertinent information written on the first page of the paper, where I can take notes and whatnot (names, etc.). I had 8 questions to ask at my interview today, and I just like to have them written down for reference. I didn’t use the resumes that I printed off, but I could have when they brought in a couple of other people to the interview (they had printed off copies, though).

Post # 51
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@vorpalette:  

I’m just talking personally (granted I don’t work in HR and if I’m interviewing someone it is a high up position and if is in a particular environment.) The interviews I contact would be very different to a nurse or a teacher or a shop. But from my stand point I don’t care how fancy it looks. You aren’t interviewing me I’m doing the interviewing and if you can’t remember questions about the company or job in the xminutes that you have been in a room with me. Sorry I don’t like it and you should be able to remember the questions.

Post # 52
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There’s nothing like being yourself.

If you’re hired you’ll know it’s because YOU are what they were looking for… and if not… then you didn’t have to pretend being something you’re not.

 

I always think one should go to interviews like if they didn’t really need the job. Like if they want to do it because they love it and good at it.

Post # 53
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I just stumbled upon this link. I highly recommend this for recent graduates:
http://www.slideshare.net/markrotoole/congratulations-graduate-eleven-reasons-why-i-will-never-hire-you

I apologize if my tips are lengthy, but I hope they will be helpful.
Interview:

  1. ALWAYS bring your resume and cover letter with you to the interview. Come prepared to explain each bullet under your previous work experiences. Give examples of how you managed to improve processes.
  2. Know the job description inside out. HIGHLIGHT, HIGHLIGHT, HIGHLIGHT. Tie the skills required on the job description and give examples how you have developed relevant skills for the position you applied for, using real life scenarios from your previous work. If you can talk about your most recent job, that’s even better. This is where you can flaunt your technical knowledge a bit, as long as you avoid using too much jargons.
  3. Be honest. If you have never encountered a situation, say you have yet to encounter it, but still answer it hypothetically; i.e. “If this was to happen, I would…”
  4. Every interview will always ask a conflict resolution question. Google “behavioural questions asked at an interview”.
  5. ALWAYS arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Check yourself in the bathroom mirror to make sure you have no broccoli stuck in your teeth.
  6. From what I learnt as a struggling undergrad looking for a job, you don’t have to take notes. That’s the job of the interviewer.
  7. If you need some extra time to think about the questions asked during the interview, do not be afraid to clarify what is being asked. It buys you time. (This is also what Toastmasters International teaches at table topics discussions, which puts you on the spot)

Always provide a cover letter. Please, no longer than 3 paragraphs. We’re not asking you to write a thesis.

Resume:
I have edited a colleague’s resume as well as my fiance’s. I also helped a Bee with her resume, who reached out to me in a PM. 🙂 I hope she’s found something by now. Most people I’ve helped were successful; I do it for free because it’s a pay-it-forward kinda deal. As well, I got asked to screen resumes.

  1. Please keep in mind that your resume is not an artist’s canvas. Keep it standard to Arial or Times New Roman. Also, please avoid Microsoft Word’s template for resumes. They are horribly built for uploading onto the employer’s career portal.
    It’s easy: you can make your own header and footer.
    Insert a line to create a border between your name/address with the rest of your resume.
  2. Be concise; it shows your analytical skills. We don’t need a grocery list of what you did. I get it. You were previously employed. How can you provide value to this role that you are applying for?
    Again, highlight relevance.
  3. If you are currently a student, read job descriptions. See what kind of skills they need for your dream job. Please note that just because you’ve put in your time to earn a degree doesn’t necessarily get you a job. “Deserving a job” mentality is very toxic and will definitely not get you an interview because the scent of it is usually very potent/obvious on the cover letter.

    I’ve been there in 2009. It’s not fun. However, you might be surprised to find out that job-searching is an ongoing/active thing to do. There are so many lay-offs in many organizations with constant re-organization. You have to be on your toes and keep your resume active. Network. How you get a job is usually who you know as most jobs are not posted externally.

Good luck, bees!

Post # 54
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470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Commenting to follow…

Post # 56
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150 posts
Blushing bee

A FIRM HANDSHAKE (Candidate AND employer!!!) Oh my gosh…I’ve been looking for a job and have been to several interviews recently…the last one I went to the lady who was interviewing me gave me the worst limp-noodle handshake ever.

I hate when I give a firm handshake and get a floppy fish hand…LOL!

As a candidate I always go to interviews prepared. I do my research and write down lots of questions to ask the employer…they know I’m interested, and I get the most out of the interview! 🙂

Post # 57
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Always wear a skirt suit for the first interview… NEVER wear a pant suit for the first interview.  

Post # 58
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486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mallo:  I feel the exact opposite.  Yes you may technically be the “interviewer” and I the “interviewee” but I am still interviewing you and your company.  Just because you offer me a position does not mean I am going to take it.  I need to get a feel for the company and the people there and decide if this is a place I would be happy working.  I should be trying to impress the employer and they should also be trying to impress me just the same!  

Also, if you have been brought in for an interview they like you enough on paper already.  They know you have the experience and qualifications, now they need to get to know you.  Make sure you show your personality!

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

After an interview I immediately go home and write a Thank You note.  Just that it was nice to meet them, I appreciated the opportunity to interview with them and briefly mention my qualities that would be a great match for their company.  I drop it in the mail that same day.

I have gotten the job everytime I’ve done it.

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