Get The Job: From Cover Letter To Interview

working on computer 3Since the Alumni Blog began in 2012, some of the most popular posts have featured advice on perfecting your résumé & cover letter as well as preparing you for your next interview.

To get your job search in shape, here are the best of the best:

Cover Letter:

Tip: Avoid Saying “I” too much.Read the cover letter out loud to avoid any jarring constructions. Oftentimes, whenever you read something out loud and it sounds off, it’s likely also grammatically incorrect.”

Résumé:

Tip: Make your Résumé Perfect and Original – “An outstanding resume is key! It’s a good idea to tailor your résumé to your chosen industry, choose a format that will stand out and is easy to read. Employers do not like to see a résumé that is too busy or that they have to really search to find the highlights. Do not use a template. This is your time to show your employer what you’re made of, do something creative and original, something that will allow you to stand out from the crowd.”

Tip: Don’t make your résumé a grocery list – “What do I mean? Excessive uses of white space on the document, random responsibilities and zero context.”

Interview:

Tip: Study the Job description and company itself – what is your greatest weakness? (Hard because you don’t want to admit your weakness to a potential employer) “Study the job description and what skills the company is looking for. You want to state a skill that is considered to be a minor skill needed for this position. Be honest and admit your limited experience, however state that you are working towards improving this skill. This turns a negative into a positive showing the interviewer that although you have limited experience in this skill, you are actively trying to improve yourself in this area already.”

Tip: During the interview, bring paper and pen to write down any questions you may have for the interviewer and/or about company. – “Do have a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Nothing shows interest more than asking questions. Do try to refrain from asking about salary and benefits in the first meeting.”

Tip: Send a thank you email or letter to the interviewer – “A simple thank-you email to the individual/s who interviewed you will go a long way. Thank them for taking time out of their day to meet with you and highlight a part of the interview that you particularly enjoyed or even a question that stood out to you. This shows attentiveness, professionalism and respect for the interviewers’ time.”

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