A resume is a document that presents your education, experience and qualifications in a clear, concise and compelling way, customized for the position to you are applying for. Call today to set-up an appointment to have your resume reviewed: (316) 978-3688.
- Resumes should be clear, concise, clean and correct.
- Use one-inch margins on all sides of page.
- Select one easily readable font and maintain font consistency.
- Bold section headers to ensure that employers can easily pinpoint information.
- Include white space on the page to make sure your information does not appear overwhelming.
- Outline your qualifications and experiences by using bulleted sentence fragments rather than full sentences.
- Do not include any personal information, for example; race, religion, marital status, pictures, gender, nationality or social security number.
- Do not include any information related to high school activities or high school academics.
- Do not include hobbies or personal interests, unless there is a clear connection between them and your career interests.
- Make sure that your resume is error-free.
- Have multiple people review your resume to check for misspellings, grammar inconsistencies and formatting issues.
A cover letter is a great piece to submit along with your resume. It is typically a one-page document that explains beyond your resume why you are an ideal candidate for the job.
Does your resume need to be touched up? The Career Development Center can help! Call today to have your resume reviewed by one of our Shocker Career Peer Advisers: (316) 978-3688.
You never have a second chance to make a first impression. Let us help you make sure you are putting your best foot forward!
First impressions count and, yes, hiring managers and recruiters do judge a book by its cover. The clothes you wear can make a powerful first impression. Plan in advance how you will dress for the interview. Dressing your best shows respect and professionalism. Dress appropriately for the position. If you do not know the expected dress code, dress more conservatively. Your clothes should not detract from your overall presentation. They should be subtle and professional. Remember, you have only one chance to make a strong first impression.
Things to Remember
- Colors should coordinate.
- Try the outfit on before the day of the interview.
- It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
- Clothes should fit well and be clean, neat and pressed.
- Shoes should be polished, not scuffed.
- Hair should be neat, combed and conservatively styled.
- Fingernails should be clean and properly trimmed.
- Jewelry should reflect quality and be worn sparingly.
- Remove body piercings (nose, eyebrow rings, etc.).
- Cover tattoos if possible.
- Eyeglasses should be clean.
- Refrain from gum, candy, drinks or cigarettes.
- Carry a light briefcase or portfolio.
- Bring a pen and paper.
- Neatness and personal hygiene do make a difference!
- A dress is acceptable, but not required.
- No bold colors, dramatic prints, low-cut necklines, spaghetti straps, camisoles or exposed midriffs.
- Pants or a knee-length or longer, dark-colored skirt are best with a light-colored blouse or jacket.
- Hose should be a neutral color; if hose are not worn, be sure legs are shaved.
- Wear medium or low-heeled shoes that are polished and conservative and not flashy or too trendy.
- Handbags should be small or not carried at all.
- Wear at maximum one ring on each hand, just one set of earrings and avoid showy jewelry.
- Wear minimal make-up and perfume.
- Hair should be well-groomed and be kept away from the face.
- Avoid extremely long fingernails and trendy or bold nail polish.
- A suit is acceptable, but not required; traditional colors, such as dark blue, gray or black are best.
- Otherwise, wear dark pants in black, brown or khaki with a white button-down shirt and tie or classic collared shirt.
- Ties should coordinate with pants and have a professional look.
- Shoes should be either black or brown with coordinating socks — wear socks!
- Hair, including facial hair, should be neatly trimmed.
- Wear minimal or no cologne or aftershave.
- Wear minimal jewelry; a watch and wedding and/or college ring are acceptable.
- Remove earrings, even if you usually wear them.
Landing an interview with a prospective employer is a significant accomplishment. This is your opportunity to make a personal connection with the employer and show why you’d be perfect for the job. Therefore, learning how to prepare and interview well is essential. Interviewers want to see that you are able to present yourself, that you are articulate and comfortable and that you are able to handle difficult questions and situations. They also want to see what kind of colleague you will be. Call today to set-up an appointment to have a mock interview: (316) 978-3688.
- Make sure voicemail messages and social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are professional.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses with a self-evaluation. Prepare to state three significant strengths you want the employer to know about you.
- Bring several copies of your resume on resume-quality paper. Familiarize yourself with the contents of your resume.
- Research the organization and familiarize yourself with the position description before interviewing.
- Prepare to describe how your skills, experiences, qualities and accomplishments will compliment the overall mission of the organization.
- Practice responses to behavior-based interview questions using the star format (Situation, Task, Action and Results).
- Prepare interview questions to ask the employer so you can be an active participant in your interview.
- Carry a notebook with you. If you have a portfolio, be sure it is minimal, manageable and contains only your very best examples.
- Dress carefully. Clothes should be professional and conservative.
- Know the location of the employer and how long it takes to travel to your destination.
- Be respectful and professional to everyone you meet in the organization. Anyone you come into contact with may influence hiring decisions.
- Develop a firm handshake.
- Be on time, be friendly, be positive, be a good listener, be enthusiastic, be confident, be polite, be professional, and most importantly, be yourself.
- Follow-up your interview by mailing or e-mailing a thank-you letter the day of the interview or the following day.
- Keep careful records of interview details.
- Be aware that some employers do background checks including credit, criminal and driving records. Some employers also require drug screens and/or physical examinations.
When researching salaries for a particular occupation, try several of these sources. Each has its strengths and weaknesses; therefore, obtaining a composite view should be more helpful and provide better accuracy. If you are seeking information on starting salaries for a new graduate, you will want to look at the values in the lower percentiles of salary range. Another useful salary source is to use a job board, such as indeed.com, and search for the position you are interested in. Review the results for salary information.
We are happy to help you navigate your way through this information. Call us today to set-up an appointment at (316) 978-3688.
Below are some resources to get you started:
CareerOneStop (See Wages and Salaries section on this page)
Search for salary information in the following ways:
Search by occupation title and then refine it to a specific state or even a state region. This also provides national wage information.
View the Top 50 Highest Paying Occupations by nation or by state.
This provides a feature to compare occupation wages by metropolitan areas.
(National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey (State Data Source: The Labor Market Information Office within the State Employment Security Agency)
NACE Salary Calculator
Search by specific region of a state. You will also enter occupation title, years of experience and education details.
(The NACE Salary Calculator is provided in partnership with Job Search Intelligence (JSI). Using patents-pending algorithms, the calculator creates compensation values from datasets which are proprietary to JSI and are derived from: U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Federal Reserve and proprietary resources.)
Payscale.com and Salary.com
These are websites often used for salary sources in various publications. Although you may be prompted to sign-up or possibly to pay a fee, you should not have to do this to see the information.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Search for a list of occupations by salary ranges. Find specific occupations by title and view the median annual salary. (National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey)
Search for salary information by job title or company and city. Data is limited and based on information submitted by employees in this field or in the company.
What is it?
LinkedIn is the world's largest free professional networking site, like Facebook for businesses and professionals. Discover professional opportunities, business deals and new ventures through your connections. Check out this video for an overview.
What can I use it for?
- Networking: Connect with past, current and future employers and coworkers to stay in touch and build professional relationships
- Career Branding: Develop a profile that tells your educational and career story and sells you to potential employers
- Job Search: Get automatic job recommendations, in addition to access to a nationwide job search engine
- Company/Industry Research: Search for and learn more about companies or join groups to stay up-to-date on the latest topics in your chosen industries and interests
How do I get started?
- Sign up for free at LinkedIn.com
- Start building your network with past or current classmates, coworkers and supervisors
Join the Career Development Center's LinkedIn group:
- Stay up-to-date on events, connect with alumni and learn job search tips
- Click here to join
Tips for a successful profile:
- Don't be a stranger! Employers can be skeptical if you lack a photo. Upload a clear picture of just your head and shoulders.
- Watch your links! It's a great idea to link your website or Twitter account to LinkedIn if it is relevant to your work. If it is unrelated or you wouldn't want all of your potential employers to see a post or Tweet, do not link.
- Be skimmable and specific! Don't ramble in your descriptions. Be to-the-point, but be sure to include important details. Use numbers and percentages, in addition to bullet points and strong action verbs.
Do you need to brush up on your interview skills? The Career Development Center is here to help! Call today to schedule a mock interview with one of our Shocker Career Peer Advisers or a Career Development Specialist: (316) 978-3688.