We’ve reviewed what you need to do to get the phone interview and the office interview. Now we need to get down to the really important things: How you, your resume, and your cover letter should look. Then maybe someday you can drive that convertible.
What do I wear to an interview?
Think old school. You have one time to make a first impression, as they say. Since key accounts for pro teams are corporate, dress like you belong. Cover up any visible tattoos. No facial jewelry or excessive ear jewelry (ladies).
“Psychologically, we know, ‘As I think, so I am.’ In the same way, we act like we dress! ” explains Alicia Nevins. “Taking pride in our professional appearance correlates with the importance we place on our careers, those we work with, and the respect we receive in return.”
How should the resume and cover letter look?
- Presentation: Not necessary to follow cookie-cutter resume format. Word offers various templates.
- Formatting: Make sure formatting is uniform! Make sure everything is aligned (dates, titles, etc.). Bolded words should be in same category (title, company name, etc.)
- Personal Info: Include contact info – address, phone & email. No photos. Email address needs to be professional.
- Objective: Optional. Be careful—it can restrict you to a particular position when you may qualify for another in the organization. If you have one, make sure it addresses the right organization, position, etc (e.g. applying for position in NFL but objective states NBA)
- Course Section: List courses relevant to the position.
- Experience: Include dates – month/year. Make sure it is up-to-date (current job). Make sure dates are in order (recent position first). Don’t write “I ….” when listing accomplishments.
- Use bullet points.
- Quantify : Show results/accomplishments not duties . Show NUMBERS whenever possible.
- Length: 2 page maximum.
- Review: Check spelling (spell-check), punctuation, and correct word usage. Have a qualified individual (relative, friend, professor) review and critique resume.
- No blanket cover letters – HR professionals can tell.
- Recipe for trashcan: Leave the previous desired employer’s name, location, or position in the letter.
- Address to the appropriate person (hiring manager, recruiter, etc.) when possible.
- Don’t repeat resume in paragraph form. Mention things not seen on resume related to desired position.
- IF applying to a sports team – don’t talk about your family’s history with sports. Tell what you can do for them. What value do you bring to the organization? What sets YOU apart?
- Review: Same as above.
- Make sure the document you are attaching is in fact your most up-to-date resume. A slip of the finger can cause you to attach a private or other document in error.
- Make sure you list your professional experience on the online application. DO NOT write “See Resume.”
We will cover social media (tip: employees WILL check), networking, and common first-year mistakes. Stay tuned!