Career and Job Search Guide

Resumes and Interviews

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The impression you give a potential employer via your resume or an interview is usually your only opportunity to communicate that you're the right person for the job - so make it count. Whether you're seeking a greater income level, positioning yourself for a career change, or returning to work for, a strategically developed, well-crafted resume is your first opportunity to create a winning impression. The second is making sure that once your resume gets you in the door that your interview convinces an employer that you truly are the right person for the job.

Below you'll find a selection of resume, cover letter, and curriculum vitae writing tips, sample resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, job search correspondences as well as advice for improving your ability to conduct an effective job interview.
 Resume and Interview Tips, Articles and Resources
  • Resume Checklist
    Follow our resume checklist to make sure that your resume includes everything it needs to effectively support your job search efforts. Remember a resume is often the first impression you give a potential employer of you -- you don't want to mess it up. Our check list will address important elements including first impression, layout, relevancy, appearance, career direction and writing style.

  • Chronological Resume
    A chronologic resume is the most popular resume format employed by most job seekers. It is consider to be the most appropriate format for job seekers who have meaningful career experience and a logical job history.

  • Functional Resume Template
    While less common a functional resume can be just as effective as a chronological resume. This resume format is often employed by job seekers who do not have a logical work history and/or are in the process of making a career change.

  • Powerful Resume Action Verbs
    Using the right words that communicate the right message and draw attention to your most relevant attributes can make the difference between developing a somewhat effective resume and a very effective resume. We've provided a comprehensive list of some of the most powerful action verbs that can take your resume to the next level.

  • Proven Tips for Writing Winning Resumes
    Explore 15 tips and techniques for creating a winning resume. Every serious resume writer, student or job seeker should review this document.

  • Most Common Interview Questions and Answers
    Review over 40 of the most common interview questions as well as the correct answer to each for each questions. This is a great resource for any serious job seeker, career changes or career minded professional.

  • Problem solving & Decision making skills:
    Problems solving and decision making skills are highly sought after by most employers. Knowing what recruiters are looking for, and how to effectively answer problem solviing and decision making interview questions is imperative to landing competitive jobs.

  • Critical thinking abilities/competencies, Brain teaser & Analytical thinking or analytical behavior:
    Are you a critical thinker? Can you think analytically? Are you good at brain teasers? Well you better be able to prove it. Being able to think critically is a very important skill that employers are looking for. But being able to demonstrate this skill during the interview process is just as important. Many very skilled job seekers get passed by because they get "out interviewed" by less qualified candidates.

  • Effective verbal/oral communication, interpersonal skills or people skill, listening skills:
    Whether you're an aspiring engineer, doctor, educator, or scientist your ability to effectively communicate will be your ticket to career success. The number one skill that many employers are looking for in a job candidate is the ability to communicate. You may be the smartest person in the world, but if you can't communicate your knowledge effectively it won't matter. Before you enter a job interview make sure that you're able to show that you can effectively communicate your value proposition to the company.

  • Organizational skills interview questions:
    For many job positions organization skills are a necessity. This is especially true for supervisors and project managers who are responsible for managing teams, multiple responsibilities, diverse projects and meeting critical deadlines.

  • Management skills interviewing, leadership skills and team work abilities:
    As business and industry has become more diversfied and complex, teamwork skills have become increasing vital to the success of most organizations. Teams are required to tackle large projects and resolve problems that are too complex for any one professional to handle. As such, employers are looking for professionals that are not only team players but that know how to manage and lead teams. Being able to show an employer that you're a teamplayer and effective leader will be a critical element of your interview strategy.

  • Developing A Resume That Will Knock Their Socks Off
    Did you know that only about 5% of resumes are ever reviewed, in any depth, by a potential employer or hiring agent? Developing a resume that gets noticed is essential to a successful job search process. Developing a second rate, copycat resume will not only not advance your employment opportunity but it may hinder your job search effort. Let us help you learn how to develop a resume that will really knock the socks off of a potential employer or hiring agent.