Resume Do’s and Don’ts Do: Include volunteer experience Don’t: Leave out relevant experience Do: Tell a straight story Don’t: Try to hide gaps or mislead the reader
Resume Do’s and Don’ts Do: Label positions as volunteer Don’t: Misrepresent volunteer work Acceptable: - VISTA – your specific title - your specific title (VISTA volunteer)
Resume Do’s and Don’ts Do: Consider the best place to highlight volunteer work - Inter-woven - Separate Section - Mixed Don’t: Put volunteer work under “Employment History” without clarifying
Resume Do’s and Don’ts Do: Produce error-free, polished resume Don’t: Forget to read through it backwards and ask 2 other people to proof-read Do: Tailor your resume for specific position Don’t: Use a generic resume
Resume Do’s and Don’ts Do: Use precise language and terminology Don’t: Overstate or over-explain past positions/training Do: Put your resume in PDF format Don’t: Send all your materials as separate documents
Resume Workshop Trade resumes with a partner / review Look at: – Approach – Efficiency – Accuracy Discuss: – Things that work – Things that are confusing
Cover letter activity Review job posting Outline a 4- or 5-paragraph letter: Individuals – 10 min. Discuss with your neighbor: In Pairs – 5 min. Refine a final letter at your table: In Pairs: 10 min.
3. Interview tips A.Be on time (but not too early) B.Dress professionally C.Have some questions of your own (but not too many) D.Practice active listening E.Relax!
4. Follow-up & networking A.Send a thank-you! Please? B.Show sincere interest C.Be patient D.Work to discover connections E.Be open without expectations
5. A day in the life of HR Most nonprofit employees are busy multi- taskers and under-resourced Staffing is a lot of work and routine Interview panel dynamics
What is HR looking for? The best possible match for the job at hand – Practical aspects (salary, availability) – KSAOs (knowledge, skills, abilities, other) – Personality / fit with team – Eagerness for the position! – Other things you won’t know about Future potential – Within job ladder – Across functions/roles
6. The big picture It’s a p-r-o-c-e-s-s… sometimes a long one Consider both sides of the match Get good at it… the search will happen again
Questions? Contact Information Debbie Cushman Associate Director firstname.lastname@example.org (651) 251-9095