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Best Practices Crafting your Professional Profile
- Know that you are always on an interview. You are always being observed.
- Remember to be on your best behavior.
- Connections are one of the most powerful tools to help you land that dream job.
- Positive attitudes are always welcomed!
- People will not always remember everything you said but will always remember how you made them feel.
- Clean your Social Media accounts; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. Employers investigate also on these social platforms.
- Some postings can contradict your well-polished resume. Always market yourself as a professional.
- Keep your resume clean, with a fresh appearance, putting your name, email and contact number on top.
- Make your resume stand out using key words. Key words are used in electronic research for specific candidates in mind.
- Results are ranked by the amount of times these certain words are found in your resume.
- Action words are important to describe a result driven candidate.
- Summary of qualifications should include action words describing your attributes and skills.
- Education and skill sets can be included after employment history. Employers take several seconds to view a resume, they look first for qualifications, then employment history. Education is important, it is the action words and keywords which drives them to read further about you as a candidate.
How to prepare and be proactive for your interview
- Keep your resume and a list of your accomplishments by the phone in the event that you receive an unexpected call from an employer.
- Have a secluded, quiet space prepared for you to go to conduct the interview.
- Be confident that your cell phone offers an excellent connection (no static/lost calls) or opt for using a landline for all interviews. and if doing an online interview be in well lit space with a clean background space.
- Be prepared to discuss your skills and accomplishments as well as your strengths and weaknesses with the interviewer.
- Practice answering interview questions aloud prior to your interview. This practice will help you formulate your ideas and how you want to say them. It will give you an opportunity to make mistakes prior to the actual interview.
- Schedule a mock interview with a counselor in your Career Service Office at your college or with a friend or family member who is willing to help and able to provide constructive criticism. You may want to tape your mock interview to be able to playback and hear your voice as well as any distracting “ums,” “ands,” or other repetitive words used inappropriately.
- Prepare answers for those tough behavioral questions, such as: “Tell me about a time when you had to use your persuasion skills to encourage a member of your team to participate more fully in pulling together a project or presentation.” Planning ahead by identifying several scenarios of courses, internships, jobs, etc., that you can use as examples for these types of questions can be invaluable.
- Make a first impression! Be clear, friendly, honest, make proper eye contact.
- Come across as polished, classic, and professional solid white shirt, casual jacket and pants or skirt in solid colors, giving fresh clean appearance. Modern looks need to be workplace appropriate.
- Research the company that is going to interview you.
- Do not be apprehensive and let them know your aspirations , let them know of any social and community involvement. This shows them a well-rounded potential employee.
- Engage in asking clear precise questions pertaining to the goals and the future of the company, listen attentively and let them know how you can be an asset to them.
- Make sure you have their business card or email so that a thank you letter can be sent following the interview.
- Follow through on the process and show interest by contacting them again.
- Smile! always with professionalism and confidence that you are the right candidate for the job.