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Resume Tips

Successful Résumés

  • Keep to a single page, if possible. Use positive words.

  • Consider giving a synopsis of your achievements and experience to date after your personal details. Make this succinct and punchy to create a positive first image. Two or three sentences will suffice.

  • Spell check and ensure that it is in the correct language version.

  • List your Achievements, as well as, your Key Responsibilities.

  • Research different styles of résumés. Investing a few dollars in a professional résumé CD writing package is money wisely invested.

  • Use a quality paper to present your résumé. Remember it is YOU that you are really presenting.

  • Do not use an obscure font, which is difficult to read, or too many fonts that cause the résumé to appear “too busy”. Simple professional layouts also transmit more successfully electronically.

    The Worst Résumés

  • Too long and rambling.

  • Not current or too generic. Take time to adapt your résumé or the synopsis of your achievements to the specific job you are applying to.

  • Incorrect spelling.

  • If you are required to send your résumé by mail do not use cheap paper or a photocopy of your résumé.

  • No nominated references.

  • Unexplained gaps. Write positively about what you used the time for if your employment history has been broken.

    Interview Tips

  • Homework - Research the school, school district and surrounding community. This can be by a variety of methods including looking up the school on their website if they have one.

  • Information - Request promotional literature. Take advantage of the opportunity for an informal discussion if it is offered.

  • Know Where You Are Going - Request a location map, if necessary. Check out your route if traveling by car or the timetables for buses or trains. Do not be late to an interview.

  • First Two Minutes - Appearance always matters. The first two minutes on first meeting you are critical. Make sure that you look the part, that you make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake.

  • Preparation - Prepare some suitable questions that you want to ask your interviewers in advance of the interview so that you won’t dry up when you are asked if there is any further information the you require. Remember that it is just as important that the job meets your needs and aspirations, as it is that you fit their criteria. It is both a fit and a match.

  • Competency or Job Description Based Interviews - If the interview is structured around a competency-based framework, ensure that you can talk confidently about any competences you have supplied and think of another example for each. Be prepared for the interviewer asking you “what if” questions. It is important that you have sold yourself, your abilities and success through the competencies you have chosen to present. It is often equally important to the interviewer to know what you would have done if the situation had not gone exactly according to plan, particularly of there is a big budget at stake.

  • Answer the Question - Ensure that you hone into what the interviewer is looking for. If it is a job where you will be working as part of a team, ensure that you show how you contribute to successful team working. Equally, if it is a high level strategic position, ensure that you tailor your answers to show your leadership abilities and helicopter vision.


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