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It may seem like a simple piece of paper, but your resume can make the difference of whether or not you land that internship or job opportunity. That’s why having a stellar resume is important especially in a slow economy. School of Health Professions Office of Student Success shows SHP students how to develop a winning resume and curriculum vitae as well as how to nail those interview questions.


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Interviewing and Resume preparation:

Interviewing and Resume preparation School of Health Professions 2012

Resume: Key Principles:

Resume: Key Principles Convince employer you are worth an interview Be brief without sacrificing essential content Don’t exaggerate (don’t lie) Focus on strengths and accomplishments Target the employer’s needs (not yours) Include only professional work experience (no McDonalds) Use only black ink on white, off-white or ivory paper Avoid personal pronouns (no “I did…”) Use words from job posting

Resumes: The Process:

Resumes: The Process Brainstorm Gather raw materials (job titles, dates of employment) Organize Outline what makes the “rough cut” Which past jobs are appropriate? Are duties relevant, are skills transferable? Were the experiences positive? Refine Conform information to basic layout Polish finished product (grammar, proofread, format)

Resume: Overview:

Resume: Overview Name, address, phone, email on top Sections: Profile (or Objective) Education Professional Experience Consistent chronology (most recent info comes first) No references or “available on request” Summary of qualifications and experience Educational/Professional Tells a great deal about you NOT a list of everything you’ve ever done First contact with a potential employer Makes your first impression Convinces employer you are worth an interview Essential for consideration from potential employer

Power Words:

Power Words Accomplished Evaluated Projected Acquired Established Earned Acted Facilitated Introduced Analyzed Founded Simplified Achieved Guided Screened Advised Initiated Monitored Coordinated Improved Pioneered Conducted Increased Spearheaded Decided Led Recruited Defined Managed Targeted Devised Negotiated Produced Delegated Forecasted Supervised Employed Stimulated Directed

Strengthen Your Document with Power Words:

Strengthen Your Document with Power Words Before “Kept records for accounts and paid bills” After “Managed over 1,000 accounts receivable and accounts payable, working directly with CFO” Before “Gave work assignments to co-workers” After “Directed workflow, supervised and trained accounting staff performing posting to general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable”

Interviewing: Be Yourself:

Interviewing: Be Yourself You are: Smart Well educated Well spoken Well dressed Prepared Interviewers want to hire you You are starting with an “A” – keep it going

Interview Goal: Find the Right Fit:

Interview Goal: Find the Right Fit Employer is looking to determine if you can do the job and fit with their culture You are looking to determine if you want the job and if you want to be part of their culture

Four Keys to a Successful Interview:

Four Keys to a Successful Interview Understand what to expect Research Prepare Anticipate questions Follow up

Research: Even if You’ve Interned There:

Research: Even if You’ve Interned There Institution and the position Website Google Company culture Website Publications (fliers, annual reports, etc.) Recent developments News stories (institution and competitors) Competitive institutions What makes this institution unique? Identify potential areas of growth What can you bring to the institution? What can you get from the position?


Prepare Talking points: key stories/messages Identify what you have to sell Top three skills or experiences you can offer Prepare examples Actual stories you can tell from previous experience Support for your statements Develop thoughtful questions Demonstrates your level of interest Develop your close Interviewers remember a strong close

Prepare: Mock Interview:

Prepare: Mock Interview Work with a friend Review sample questions Gain comfort telling your story Use Interview Stream Online mock interview Available through Career Services website or Dragon Trail Enables you to film and later review your performance Enormously helpful

Anticipate Questions: Introductory:

Anticipate Questions: Introductory “Tell me about yourself .” Not asking for your life story Not a trick question Interviewer is looking for: A brief statement of your professional status/career objective S ome detail about your progression to this point Be confident, but not arrogant Don’t oversell yourself

Sample questions:

Sample questions How would you describe yourself? What are your long range and short range career goals? H ow are you preparing yourself to achieve them? What are your non-career goals for the next 10 years? What do you see yourself doing five years from now? What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Answering Questions with S.T.A.R.:

Answering Questions with S.T.A.R. S ituation Explain the situation: what happened? who was involved? T ask W hat was the particular problem that needed to be resolved? A ction W hat specific action did you take to resolve the problem? R esults/resolution W hat were the results of your action? What did you take from this experience ?

Questions to Ask the Interviewer :

Questions to Ask the Interviewer How would you describe the workplace culture? What are some of the long term objectives for this position? What is your vision for your department over the next 2-3 years? What is the institution’s plan for the next five years? What have you liked most about working here? May I have your card?

End of The Interview:

End of The Interview Summarize your strengths that apply to the position Summarize what points you like about the position Ask what the next step will be What is their timeline for making a decision? Give a firm handshake and a smile Thank the interviewer Remember, first and last impressions count

Follow Up:

Follow Up Always send a thank you letter Within 24 hours Electronic and paper Reiterate your interest in the company/position Review the interview Identify what worked and what you could improve upon Contact the interviewer inquire about the position 7-10 days after the interview

Biggest Interview Mistakes:

Biggest Interview Mistakes Poor handshake (limp hand, tips of fingers, arm pump) T alking too much Talking too long, but not answering questions Nervous talking T alking negatively about current or past people/positions S howing up late or way too early T reating the receptionist rudely Not being prepared

Interviewing and Resume preparation:

Interviewing and Resume preparation School of Health Professions 2012

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