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1 Interview Tips Building Your Resume Dress the Part Presented by: Walmart February 2, 2010 Altoona Area High School Image Area

2 2 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School How to Build Your Resume/Application

3 3 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Why Should I have a Resume: It gets you the interview Resumes open the door Resumes typically are reviewed for 7-10 seconds before a decision is made Resumes (applications) are a review of education, skills, accomplishments, and experience

4 4 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Basic Rules Be brief but highlight accomplishments – 1 page for less than 5 years Use a standard structure – chronological order Remember presentation is important – typed, heavy bond paper, no borders or pictures – Keep it professional.

5 5 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Format One page for recent graduates Header – Name, Address, Phone Number, address Objective – Statement that expresses your career path and interests Education – listed before work experience, will change with more than 5 years experience. Employment History – if unknown company, one line to describe entity –Unpaid employment may also be listed – Volunteer History! Additional Skills References – do not list, rather list References available upon request: Do not list salary history and requirements

6 6 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Tips and Tricks Get involved – school activities, volunteer activities Gain Employment Form relationships with teachers to create references Read business based books to speak about in an interview Read industry based magazines Do your research about the company before the interview You are displaying yourself – dont be shy!

7 7 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Write a Cover Letter Cover letters are critically important –Note the order of importance of job requirements that reflect your skills –Draw attention to your experience, education –Add relevant information Never do the following –Use a form letter –Change the resume to suit the job – change action verbs –Never send a resume, application or cover letter without checking spelling, grammar or appearance –Never include the following information: age, ethnicity, political affiliation, birthplaces, photos, height, weight or health

8 8 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Dos and Donts of Interviewing

9 9 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Interviewing Dos Research the Company that youre applying to Bring a professional, not handwritten resume` Dress professionally, remove any facial piercing Bring a paper and pen Have a stern handshake

10 10 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Interviewing Donts Do not chew gum, candy or tobacco Do not wear blue jeans, shorts, flip flops or anything offensive Do not over-do perfume or cologne Do not come unprepared Dont slouch Dont use poor grammar, slang or swear words

11 11 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Donts Dont say anything negative about the company youre applying to Dont make any reference to sexual preference, race, religion, or National origin Dont get too personal

12 12 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Dos Use Eye contact Have good posture Smile Speak proper English, no slang Ask two questions, not wage related, such as working hours or immediate supervisor End with a sincere Thank you and a firm handshake

13 13 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Role Play/Skits

14 14 Northeast Division Altoona Area High School Questions?


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