Posts tagged ‘questions’

Updating your resume after your first job

Making the transition from “recent graduate” to full-fledged “business professional” can be tough. The resume you have when you first get out of school may not have a lot of relevant job experience. Sure that part time job got you through school, but most employers aren’t really interested in your summer as a wedding caterer or camp counselor by the time you hit 25.

That being said, while you’re busy growing up and become a professional, your resume also needs to grow up. Here’s how you do it:

  1. If you haven’t already, get rid of anything highschool related. No one cares what your GPA was junior year or that you were captain of the math team. If you went to a prestigious high school (like many people in St. Louis), think about getting active in the alumni association and putting that in a Community Involvement section.
  2. Unless you had a very important leadership or employment role, you can probably remove most of your club or social involvement from college too. If you were a part of a Greek organization that may help for networking, get involved in the alumni association and put that in your Community Involvement section too.
  3. Move your education information down underneath your work experience. Now that you have job experience, that’s a lot more important that your liberal arts degree that everyone else has, too.
  4. Add an executive summary displaying your key skills and traits as well as your specific objectives for career development. Let’s face it, after graduation your objective literally translated to “please give me a job, any job.” Now that you’ve been out in the real world for a couple years, it’s important to know where you want to go next and what you’ll bring to your next employer.

To demonstrate the before and after of a resume makeover after a first job, check out Chris Mann’s new resume and his first resume out of school.

Still not sure how to make your resume mature with your career? E-mail me.

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March 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm 2 comments

Beating around the bush

Salary negotiation can be scary. And with the latest job market – where people are getting laid off left and right – it’s even scarier right  now.

Lots of people are being passed up for raises. Companies are in “hiring freezes” and often times the higher people are paid, the quicker they are to let go of you. It’s hard to tip-toe around numbers when it comes time for a job offer.

If you ever wondered what to do when someone asks you your salary requirements, please read this article by Penelope Trunk.

She does a great job of providing alternate responses to the dreaded question of “How much?”

January 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Crazy interview questions

I just read this article on weird interview questions. When I was job hunting, I prepared for the typical, run-of-the-mill questions like “So, tell me about yourself,” “Do you prefer working alone or as a team member?” and “What is your greatest strength? Worst weakness?”

Apparently now some interviewers are asking out-of-the-ordinary questions to get a better idea of the applicant’s personality, including these gems:

  • “What movie star do you think would make the best employee?” “
  • What color describes your personality and why?”
  • “Which character on ‘Seinfeld’ are you most like?”
  • “Are you more like a placid pool of water or a running horse?”
  • “If you were a fruit, what kind would you be and why?”

I was once asked if I had read some science fiction novel and when I replied no, my interviewer went on to explain the intense philosophical meaning of the book and offered to loan me a copy.

Anyone have good answers to these they’d like to share? I’d love to hear some other wacky questions people have been asked in interviews.

July 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

Top Interview Mistakes – Part 1

Twenty-nine percent of hiring managers said that interviewees do not ask good questions during interviews. I am not surprised to hear that this is a top complaint. When I first started interviewing for jobs, I would sit fairly still during the entire one-way conversation. I’d spit off answers to the interviewer’s questions and smile politely. Once they were finished with the third degree, they would ask that dreaded question, “So, do you have any questions for me?”

Ahh! Of course not. Well, I had one, “So are you going to hire me?”

Continue Reading June 4, 2008 at 3:57 am 3 comments