Some Common Cents for November 22nd 2013

Yesterday, I made my annual speech to students at Samford University about resume writing, interviewing, and the whole interview process. Much, if not all, of what I said should be common sense to middle-aged business people. However, it isn’t to fresh, young faces in their late teens and early twenties. Let me tell you, they took a lot of notes.

Here are some of the supposed pearls of wisdom:

  • Although you might not want a job in sales, the difference between a job and a career is how well you can sell, particularly how well you can sell yourself
  • Keep your resume to one page
  • Keep the fonts and margins consistent
  • Stick with Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri
  • When emailing a resume, use a pdf, NOT a word, document
  • Study up on the company before you walk in for an interview
  • If you know who is going to interview you, study up on the interviewer
  • Be prepared to answer the question: “where do you see yourself in five years?”
  • Be prepared to answer the question: “what do you like to do for fun?”
  • Take control by getting the interviewer to talk about themselves

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