Resume and Interview Tips

Resume Tips

Your resume will be the first impression we get of you, so it is critical that you present a polished document that effectively displays your relevant education, skills and experience for employment.

The Heading/Basics

The first thing on your resume should be your name (bold and larger font than the rest) followed by your contact information such as your address, email address, and phone number.  Make sure this information is accurate and up to date.

 

Professional Summary

The first section under the heading should be a professional summary.  This is a 5-6 line (max) summary of your professional skills, abilities, industries, and key performance characteristics.  Highlight hot skills, key competencies, and career direction you are seeking.   Do not include an objective statement.  The objective statement has been replaced by the professional summary.  Think about why should this company hire me?

 

Choose a Resume Design and Font that is Easy To Read

Try to avoid colored background, fancy fonts, or images throughout your document unless it is directly related to the job you are applying for.  You want to grab our attention based on your qualifications.  

Write clear and concise sentences describing your skills, education and professional experience. Put the most relevant accomplishments, skills and experiences at the beginning of your resume. Present yourself as someone who is ready to step in and help OnPoint’s bottom line.

 

Describe Your Strengths & Accomplishments

Sell yourself. Your resume may be the only contact you have with us. Describing your academic and professional accomplishments can be much more effective than just listing your academic courses or job responsibilities. If possible, mention specific project outcomes that will make you stand out.  Use numbers and metrics to quantify the value you delivered to the company based on your contributions.

 

Use Action Verbs and Power Keywords

The use of action verbs, powerful words and industry terminology can assist in effectively communicating your skills, experience and accomplishments.

 

Review the Job Description

Take the time to review the job description and requirements closely and tailor your resume accordingly. Try to highlight key words listed in the job description in your resume. One resume does not fit all.

 

Proofread

Review grammar and spelling in your final document several times. Take time to read your resume out loud and make corrections accordingly. It is also a good idea to preview your final document after you have uploaded it in our system to make sure the document formatted correctly.

 

Avoid Jargon or Slang

Many employers use in-house jargon to describe roles, responsibilities and processes.  Make sure you spell out your experience so that we can get a clear picture of your knowledge and experience.

 

Avoid Personal Information

Certain information cannot be considered when making hiring decisions.  Birth dates, personal photos, hobbies, marital status, personal health and affiliations are usually not important to the job you are applying for; therefore, do not include this information on your resume.  

 

Length

Resumes for recent graduates tend to be about one page.  If you have been in the workforce for more than five years, generally the resume will be as much as two pages.  A resume that is longer than two pages is generally too long.  You need to make sure that the most relevant information and achievements are highlighted in your resume. If you work in IT, a 3rd page is acceptable to list key languages, systems, networking, and programming.  Use it as a supplemental page.  However, if there is a key hot skill you have, make sure that is listed on the first page.

Interview Tips

Interviewing not only gives us a chance to speak with potential employees, it also gives you a chance to express why you want to work for OnPoint. You are interviewing us just as much as we are interviewing you. Below are some helpful tips to consider as you prepare for an interview.

Practice Makes Perfect

Sit down with a friend and go through some practice questions. Present yourself as the solution and make it clear through your answers that you are a team player.  

Types of Questions 

There are various types of questions that may be asked during the interview:  For example, background and experience questions help fill in details about your key skill skills, past work, and knowledge.  Behavioral questions seek to demonstrate your skills by inquiring how you have handled situations in the past. This helps the interviewer understand how you will likely handle similar situations in the future. 

Come With Questions

A job interview is the perfect time to ask any questions you might have about the position, the company, etc. Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask. Doing so will show initiative and your overall interest in the hiring process and in OnPoint.

Dress The Part

Being part of a professional organization means dressing like a professional. Appearance isn't everything, but it's certainly important.

Be Prepared For Anything

Show up on time and know where to report. You typically want to be at an interview 10-15 minutes early. Don't be afraid to call ahead to make sure you know where to be and when.  Bring a clean copy of your resume with you just in case! 

Know Your Stuff

Before your interview, you should know as much as possible about the industry, company and the position. Review news, trends and other information online and on the company website. Be prepared to speak about some of the things you learn about and how this affects your interest in the position and working for the company overall.