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Resume and Interviewing

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beginning steps toward your future
Resumes and Interviewing
Step 2: Put the things you want to put on your resume into categorizes.
Step 3: Formatting
some basic rules of thumb
Now that you have your information gathered and categorized putting it on your resume in a clean and effective way is key.
Step 5: Critique, Edit, and Print
After you've pieced together your resume, it's important to have someone else look it over before printing it on expensive resume paper.
before we move on?
[What should go on one?]
Your contact information
Schools you've attended
Current and past jobs
Relevant Experiences
Volunteer work
Skills (technology, language, etc.)
Certifications & Honors
[What is a resume?]
A resume is a summary of experiences that, when pieced together, demonstrates how your skills, knowledge, and abilities are fit for a particular position.
" You never get a second chance at a first impression."
What's the point of an interview?
Step 1: Make a list of things you would want to put on your resume.
This is the time for you to convey why you are the perfect fit for the job.
Interviewing is a skill, and like any skill, you get better with practice.
Interviewing is a two-way street.
Before Your Interview:
3 Keys to Successful Interviewing
1. Know yourself:
How well do you fit the job description? What are the skills, abilities, and qualities you have that can benefit the organization? Why are you the solution to their problem?
3. Dress the part:
Do you look professional? Are you conveying a first impression that is polished, positive, credible, and confident?
2. Do the research:
What do you know about the job and organization? what are the organization's main services or products, primary values, culture?
Guys: Which outfits are good to wear to an interview?

Work Experience
Licensures and Certifications
Volunteer Service
Professional Affiliations
Technical Competencies/Computer Skills
[Note: you might not need every category.]
What you
Navy, gray, or blue suit
Solid color, long sleeved, button down shirt (white or blue).
Coordinating tie (nothing flashy).
Dress socks.
Dark, polished, conservative shoes.
Match your belt to your shoes.
Use a professional looking font like: Arial, Century, Schoolbook, Garamond, Tahoma, Times New Roman, & Verdanda
Ladies: Which outfit is good for an interview?
Margins are to be set between 0.5" and 1.0" on all sides.
You should shoot for 1 page for every 10 years of experience, but don't be surprised if after college you have over 1 page; it happens and it's a good thing!
All resumes should be printed on resume paper, which is a higher quality paper than normal printer paper. You can find it at any office supply store or large department chain.
Your Appearance
Hair trimmed to a conservative length. Style it neatly but don't over gel yourself.
Most employers prefer you to be clean shaven. If you do keep your facial hair, make sure it is neatly trimmed.
Accessories should be limited to no more than a tie tack, watch, wedding band, and cufflinks. No earrings. Cover up tattoos.
Your fingernails should be clean and trimmed. Smell clean; but use minimal cologne, if any. Bring breath mints.
What you
A two piece business suit (pants or knee length skirt) in black, gray, or navy blue.
Undershirt that compliments suit color. Avoid anything low cut.
If you want, a scarf in a complimentary color is acceptable.
Neutral colored hose.
A pair of dark colored pumps or flats. It should be closed toe and heel, and heel should be no higher than two inches.
Your Appearance:
Your hair should be neat and conservatively styled. It's fine to wear your hair down as long as its not in your face and you don't play with it.
Make up should be natural looking.
No more than 7 pieces of jewelry (glasses count in this number). Only one earring in each ear and remove all visible piercings. Cover up tattoos.
Fingernails should be trimmed and painted a neutral color. Smell clean and don't overuse perfume.
Step 4: The Fine Details
It's important to gather information about each thing as well like locations, dates, and duties.
At the interview:
Arrive 15 minutes early.
Give a firm handshake to everyone you meet and introduce yourself by your first and last name.
Get business cards from everyone you talk to.
Answer questions thoroughly, but don't take too long.
Avoid "ums," "uhhs," and cliches.
Don't be negative.
Watch your body language!
Body Language Basics
Good eye contact
Sit up straight, no slouching
“Mirror” your interviewer
Lean slightly forward to convey interest
No fidgeting, playing with pen/hair/nails
Watch crossed arms, crossed legs, conveys “closed mindedness.”
A heading is just your contact information. What's important is that it's up-to-date information and your name stands out.
Zippy Mascot
133 S. College St.
Akron, OH 44304
(330) 972-7747
current address
phone number

Traditional Interview Questions
As a college student, your current education and degree program is of highest importance and should be first on your resume. Other things to consider putting in your education section:
GPA (above 3.0)
Dean's list
Praxis score (education majors)
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What do you know about our company?
Why should we hire you?
Education Section
Behavior Based Interview Questions
Tell me about a time where you worked in a group? What was the outcome?
Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a coworker or supervisor. How did you resolve it?
Tell me about a time you failed and what was the outcome?
How to answer behavior questions:
ituation: Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past.
ask: What goal were you working towards?
ction: Describe the actions you took to address the situation with an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU. What specific steps did you take and what was your particular contribution?
esult: Describe the outcome of your actions and don’t be shy about taking credit for your behavior.
The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio May 2016
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education
Concentration: Language Arts
Minor: Journalism
GPA: 3.34/4.00 (overall)
Dean's List (3)
Praxis: 187
Note: Your degree should be emphasized.
Your Time: Your Questions
Prepare questions for your interviewer before the interview.
Don't ask questions about things you should've learned through research.
Don't ask about salary or benefits.
Smaller details should be bulleted or tabed.
What do you like most about working here?
How would you describe the ideal candidate?
What are the biggest challenges about this job?
After Your Interview:
Get a business card from each interviewer.
Withing 24 hours, send each person a thank you email.
number of times
Paragraph one: include a thank you for your interview and convey your enthusiasm for the job opportunity.
Paragraph 2: Reiterate your qualifications to show you are a good fit for this job and organization.
Paragraph 3: Thank the interviewer again, include a next step, and a professional closing.
Simmons Hall 301


330-972-7747 to set up an appointment

M-F, 8-5 (until 6 Tuesday & Wednesdays, by appointment)
Walk-in: 11-4, T, W, Th
Other sections
When putting in other sections, its important to keep in mind:
WHERE you did the task or gained the experience from,
WHEN it took place (from date to date),
WHAT you did (position held), &
WHY it's important (bullets of "transferable" skills)
Job Experience
The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio May 1953 - Present
Mascot, Athletic and Promotional Events
Actively supported university gatherings
Promoted campus brand
Enthusiastically encouraged fans
The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio April 2010-August 2012
Orientation Leader, New Student Orientation
Assisted a diverse population of students with scheduling and registration.
Conducted presentations on academic and social adjustment.
Addressed parental concerns related to campus safety and financial issues
Technical Skills
Microsoft Office Suite ( Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher), Macintosh OS, Prezi, Windows Movie Maker (etc.)
Relevant Coursework*
Family Dynamics & Communication
Integrated Expressive Arts in
Early Childhood
Educational Psychology
Introduction to Exceptionalities
Educational Technology
*Early Childhood Education
The Career Center offers free 15 minute resume critiques Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 11AM-4PM. You can also call to have an hour appointment made with a full-time staff member.
Common mistakes found on resumes:
Spelling & Grammar
False information (not up-to-date)
Putting pertinent information last
Presented by Sylvia Marrero, MS, LPC, NCC
The University of Akron, Career Center

We support student and alumni career success by promoting a greater awareness of the world of work and the need to view career development as a life-long process
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