At some point, you’ll graduate college and be required to get a real job. Real jobs are annoying, because you’re required to actually do things. I only say “do things” because I spent like six years at the YMCA and my most difficult job was soothing a crying baby or cleaning shit off myself.
Then I graduated, couldn’t survive on a nanny salary and no longer worked at the YMCA, so it was time for a full time job. My resume was not impressive, my job history was very short, and yet I still got hired. (I do believe that I had the necessary skills for the job, it was only an added bonus that my fiance was in the building. I will never say that I got hired solely because of him, that’s not fair to myself.) So, with my lackluster resume, my short list of skills and my college debt, I somehow killed my job interview and got a real job. Today, we’re gonna talk about how to master those interviews, kill that resume, and get a job- and these are things beyond the follow-up emails and dressing up for your interview.
Your resume needs this:
- Organization. You don’t want to be completely chronological, but you want to be sectionally chronological. Your skills, job history, and information should not be jumbled into one section. Sub-categorizing your job history, special skills, interests, etc will make it look clean and easy.
- Tailor to the interview. If you’re like Dylan, you’ve worked at 24 jobs in your short 5 years of working. When he interviewed at the radio station, he didn’t include working at Subway, Target or Holiday. Those were not beneficial to being on the radio. Those can be reference in the interview, but hold little weight on paper.
- Quick, Easy, Colorful, and NO template. The way your resume looks, is the first impression a business has of you. It’s the impression before the first impression. You should keep things concise, easy to read, and branded with one statement color. Everyone uses black and white, but not many people add their name in the header with a color. Bold will get their attention, but that does not mean to make it a rainbow. Also stay away from Google’s resume templates. Every person uses Google’s templates, that doesn’t make you stand out.
Your interview needs this:
- When you speak about the job, you talk about your qualifications in regards to the position. Mention things that were in the job posting, and play them to your advantage. If the posting talks about multitasking, just drop it in easily in a sentence. “Oh, I’m proficient in task management and have a lot of experience in working on multiple jobs at the same time”.
- Mention things about the company that you find interesting, and it’s okay to say that you got more information online. “When I was looking further into what this company was involved in, I noticed you work with Company X, and I’ve done a lot of work with them over the past two years!”
- Make them laugh. Being personal and personable makes you shine, as yourself. Being stiff may seem professional, but that’s not how you’ll be comfortable. Going into an interview is never easy, but it is a part of getting a job, so make the most of it!
The obvious things that people have drilled into your head, don’t always work out as you’d want them to, too. Making eye contact the entire time, could make you look crazy and too rehearsed. Take a breath, look away, gather your thoughts and make it seem like you’re being “thoughtful about the position”. Don’t stress about wearing a blazer and slacks (do people still say slacks?). Focus of looking nice, yes, but also holding yourself to a high standard. How you carry yourself will be seen before their judgement of your pants with wrinkles. Also, sending that follow up email is good, and you should do it… But wait a couple days. Don’t do it when you get back in your car, okay?