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Basics of Resumes and Hiring

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Zhenya Rozinskiy

on 30 March 2015

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Transcript of Basics of Resumes and Hiring

Tips on how to get the job you really want
How to Ace your Interview
1. Get noticed
2. Pass a screening
3. Pass an Interview
4. Receive an offer

1. Get past an electronic system
2. Get past an HR professional
3. Get past a hiring manager
Get Screened
Navigate an interview process
Negotiating your offer
You've done your research
You are happy with your choice
You know what you are signing up for
Your employer is happy with the hire
Electronic Systems don't care about your resume format
Electronic Systems search by keywords
Resume is a Marketing brochure with only one goal: get to talk to a hiring manager
LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn profile is your BRAND!!!
Develop it so it raises a
Online Social Profile
Twitter, Facebook, Ondonklassniki, vKontakte, etc.
Online social profiles is an extension of your brand
Treat is the same as you would LinkedIn.
Computer Readable Format
Use preprogrammed words
Has no Feelings
Format Matters
Uses predefined keywords
Uses imaginary keywords
Probably doesn't understand any of them
Has no keywords
Very strong understanding of needs
Very busy
Doesn't want to waste time
Pays attention to 'soft' details
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.
Your contact information
Schools you've attended
Current and past jobs
Relevant Experiences
Skills (technology, language, etc.)
Certifications & Honors
What Should go on your Resume
Put the things you want to include on your resume into categories.

Work Experience
Licensures and Certifications
Volunteer Service
Professional Affiliations
Technical Competencies/Computer Skills
[Note: you might not need every category.]
some basic rules of thumb
Use a professional looking font like: Arial, Century, Schoolbook, Garamond, Tahoma, Times New Roman, & Verdanda (pick one)
Margins are to be set between 0.5" and 1.0" on all sides.
You should shoot for a one to two page resume.
List everything in a chronological order
List most recent on top
List sections in the order of importance
Emphasize what's important
Heading is your contact information.
The most important part that it contains
your accurate contact information
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
Education Section
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)
Critique and Edit
After you've pieced together your resume, it's important to have someone else look it over before sending it.
Common mistakes found on resumes:
Spelling & Grammar
Greatly overstating your knowledge
Putting pertinent information last
Tune your resume
One size doesn't fit all
Do your homework
Target the position
Impress HR
Impress the hiring manager
Impress the team
Impress the BOSS
What is the point of an interview?
What's the point of an interview?
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.
" You never get a second chance at a first impression."
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? Do some 'digging' on people you'll interview with.
At the interview:
Arrive 15 minutes early.
Introduce yourself.
Get business cards from everyone you talk to.
Answer questions thoroughly, but don't take too long.
Avoid "ums," "uhhs," and cliches.
If you don't know, admit you don't know
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.”
After Your Interview:
Get a business card from each interviewer.
Within 24 hours, send each person a thank you email.
Paragraph one: include a thank you for your interview and convey your enthusiasm for the job opportunity.
Paragraph two: Reiterate your qualifications to show you are a good fit for this job and organization.
Paragraph three: Thank the interviewer again, include a next step, and a professional closing.
Recognize that negotiating an offer is normal, expected, and encouraged
Recognize that negotiating an offer is normal, expected, and encouraged
Be prepared when entering into a job offer negotiations
Realize the total compensation, not just salary when entertaining a job offer
The negotiation process is an opportunity to define, communicate, and achieve what you want out of your new job

If you received a job offer the employer wants YOU.
Create a list of what you are looking for.
Be prepared, realistic, and fair
Be friendly, polite, and respectful.
Think Total Package
Company Culture
People you'll work with and your boss
Ask questions; ask questions;
Be prepared with questions before your interview
This is your opportunity to find about:
the job
your manager
future coworkers
Do not include your picture, birthday, or other non relevant information
Don't burn Your bridges
Match made in Heaven.
Resume is not a CV
Curriculum Vitae - Course of Life
Résumé - document to present your background and skills skills
Video Interviews
Video Camera is a must
Make sure you sound and video are working
Dress appropriately
Make sure you are in a quiet room
Act as if you are at an in-person interview
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