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Resume Tips 

  1. Format and details matter, be uniform in style, font, layout
    • Select fonts like Tahoma, Calibri, Helvetica or Verdana
    • Maintain consistency in style and layout with OptimalResume
  2. State current information and work backwards in time for each section
  3. Use descriptive action verbs in the correct tense (past or present)
  4. Focus on accomplishments over duties
    • Example:
      • Duty: Respond to customer service inquiries via email and live chat platform.
      • Accomplishment: Respond to an average of 176 customer service live chats and 203 emails per week, improving response time by 74% and customer satisfaction by 31% from 2016 to 2017.
  5. Understand applicant tracking systems (ATS)
    • Match the job description by tailoring the resume wording.
    • Include key words from the job description.
    • Upload in text format, Google Docs or Word.
  6. Check spelling
  7. Ask Career Services to review and proofread the resume
  8. Create your resume here https://utpb.optimalresume.com/ 

AVOID

  • Photos
  • Columns
  • Color

Interview Prep  

You've applied for jobs and finally have an interview. Now what?

Step 1: Prepare an elevator pitch 

Step 2: The Keys to Acing an Interview

  • Tell great stories about past achievements
  • Practice, Practice, Practice.
Step 3: Practice interviewing on your computer at Interview Practice 

Step 4: Practice the STAR Method to tell your story

Step 5: Research the Company for which you are applying.

Step 6: Be ready to ask the Recruiter questions. See resources below.

Dress for Success

Whether meeting virtually or face-to-face, you have one chance to make a great first impression! 

The Best Outfits for Job Interviews

Book an appointment with Career Services for a mock interview

Check out internships, part time and full-time jobs on Handshake.