On Everyday Interview Tips, we spend countless hours trying to become the number one resource for job interview information on the Internet. Yet we recognize that we are not the only website that provides interview tips, advice and strategies. That is why we like to occasionally reference some of the other places that provide interview tips and supplement our own ideas and opinions.
Today we will look at an article from Finding Dulcinea. Overall, it is pretty sparse with information, but here are the main points and our own thoughts.
Article’s Main Points
- Do the Resume Yourself
Absolutely. There are only a few times where it is worth paying others to complete your resume for you: if English is not your first language, if you struggle with word choice and grammar, or try as you might, you cannot seem to create a resume that receives any phone calls for interviews. Otherwise, you should try to create the resume yourself for two simple reasons: First, you want to be able to tailor your resume to fit the job description, and if you are constantly paying for these edits, you are going to lose a lot of money. Second, you need to know your resume by heart, and if someone writes it for you, chances are you will not remember everything they put down.
- Avoid Acronyms
Again, correct. However, the reason to avoid acronyms is not only because some employers do not understand them. You also want to use as many keywords as possible to catch the eye of the person reading your resume and cover letter. Within acronyms there are always keywords of interest.
- Don’t Put Personal Information
Well, yes. I suppose this goes without saying. In addition, don’t put references or use an email address that is unprofessional.
- Keep Cover Letters Short and Sweet
In general, we recommend following the specific 3 paragraph cover letter style, because many employers expect cover letters to conform to a specific criteria. So shortening it to 1 or 2 paragraphs, while easier to read, is not always ideal. However, keeping it short and sweet is important. Don’t ramble or let your cover letter take away from the time the employer has to read your resume.
- Check Your Format
The article is correct. You should never send a Word document if the employer wants a pdf. You should also try to keep the document in .doc form rather than .docx. Even though most employers have the capability to open .docx format, everyone has the capability to open .doc so it is safer to keep it in that style.
Overall, the article does not have very much information, but what it does provide is sound. There is question about shortening cover letters to only 2 paragraphs or fewer, but overall the information is valid.
Take Away Tips
- Write your own resume and update it as needed.
- Make sure your cover letter is to the point.
- Use relevant keywords to impress employers.