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Preparing for the Job Search

Put Hooks in Your Resume

Job searching is an expedition, an adventure, or maybe even a fishing voyage. Is a job search analogous to fishing? In some respects. All other things being equal it is the right hook that will lead to success. A resume needs the right lure and hooks to catch the reader's attention.

Basically, your resume is you in written form. Who better knows you than you? Write your own highly effective resume. Profs and practitioners have offered advice on what works well to attract (and maybe even hook) readers to your persona as you have described in writing.

Each resume that you prepare should be written to a specific job. Never adopt the approach that one size fits all. Sure it's more work, but it will not go unrewarded. Read a job announcement very carefully and write to each of the points listed in the job posting. Always prepare an outstanding company specific cover letter with your resume. In the cover letter, highlight your qualifications for the job.

Top ten lists seem popular but we could not hold the suggestions at ten, so a list with our top ten plus suggestions for putting hooks in your resume follow.

Top 10+ Resume Writing Suggestions for Hooking Readers

Research the company and job description. Always write directly to the job when demonstrating qualifications.

Always proofread your resume 9 times.

After you proofread 9 times, always have a competent reader review and proofread your work. Let there be no mistakes.

Chronologically account for your work, education, and time away from either.

Always be concise and clear in demonstrating how you are the right person for the job.

Describe your past job responsibilities and accomplishments as each relates to the job.

Use common language that relates to the job and industry. Don't try to send readers to their thesaurus or dictionary.

Be honest. Validate your strengths and accomplishments by using examples.

Use an easy to read font.

Be certain that all content is relevant and timely.

State that references are available upon request.

Create an electronic version of your resume that is tailored to the job and the company.

Remember, the cover letter must be perfect- no room for errors. This is probably the first view of you the reader will receive. It must catch the reader's attention and stimulate his or her interest to read, rather than scan, your resume.

The suggestions offered will help you to write a most appropriate resume. The resume and cover letter are indeed, the critical first step. In most cases, this is the first hurdle to clear. After all, if you are not invited to the interview you won't have an opportunity to land the job.

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Hot Button Interviews

You Did It

Well, you've been invited to an interview. Congratulations! It's time to give some serious consideration to interview preparation and to anticipate some of the sure-to-be-asked questions.

Depending on the job there may be a hundred or more candidates who will not be invited to be interviewed. Of course, we are not talking about, "Would you like fries with that?" type jobs here. Since you have the nod it is worth your time and effort to do some extra work in preparation for the forthcoming session.

It is critical to press the right hot buttons during the interview. In other words, have the right answers and ask the right questions. This is achievable with interview preparation work.

Research the company/organization. Check for recent news releases, stock valuation changes, merger plans, or any other information in the media- positive or negative. Know the prospective employer. This will help with your decision to go ahead with the interview and if so, help with the question/answer period of the session.

Obscure Questions

Beyond the usual questions about you and your qualifications you may encounter some bizarre questions that require a rapid fire response. "Given a choice, what kind of dog would you be?" If you answer, "pit bull", be prepared to explain why. And so it goes, "What kind of tree would you be?" Maybe, "What kind of manager are you?" "Tell me about your weaknesses." Well, you get the idea. Have answers and reasons.

Hot Button Tips
Now for a top ten list of Hot Button Interview Tips. Apology… we couldn't hold the tips to ten, so we have to offer a top ten plus list.

Top 10+ List of Hot Button Interview Tips

Always research the company/organization. Know the mission, goals and philosophy.

Always know verbatim everything included in your resume.

Always be 15 minutes early for the interview and never late.

Always dress appropriately and be well groomed. You have only one chance to make a good first impression!

Know the job description and requirements. Be able to show how your qualifications align with the job requirements.

Always be aware of your body language.

Always be enthusiastic. Prepare to succinctly describe past experiences that demonstrate your strengths and accomplishments.

Always anticipate the questions that you are likely to be asked.

Be open and honest and don't fear failure.

Always have questions to ask about the job and the company. If you have none it appears that you have little interest in the company or the job.

Be certain that you have a realistic preview of the job. This is a big decision for the company and you. The fit should be right.

Always ask if it is alright to contact the company/organization to check the status of candidate selection.

Offer a firm handshake while making eye contact upon arrival and when leaving the interview.

Ask for a business card so that you will have contact information and correct spelling of names.

Thank the interviewer for his or her time and reiterate your interest in the company and the job.

Send a note of thanks (not a Hallmark card) after the interview.

The above listed suggestions will assist in your preparation for the interview. Plan ahead for a productive and successful session!


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