Todays guest post is from job interview expert Claire Ivey, Director, HR Coaching and Client Services from 360jobinterview.com
Claire has specific tips and strategies to help remote workers prepare for and excel during the phone screening interview. I want to personally thank Claire for taking time out of her busy schedule to address the Remote Worker Daily community. We reccomend taking advantage of her services at 360jobinterview.com
How do you get an interview? Mostly it is by responding to an ad on a job board (Simply Hired; Career Builder etc.). What do most companies want when you apply?
First, they ask you do download or copy and paste a resume. Next, you to fill out their online application.
Perhaps you also download or attach a well-written cover letter, you get an opportunity to review what you have provided, sign that it is true, and after reviewing, they may ask for general information for EEO/AA data, like ethnicity, gender, veteran and handicap status, etc. Then you hit the submit button, and hope someone will contact you.
What gets you noticed?
Your resume; and it has to be compelling to be noticed and read by the recruiter. What is compelling? A great resume; one that will wow a recruiter at 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. It must be well written – heading first and then starting with a professional summary (forget the objective – your objective is to get an interview and a job offer!).
if you are writing a chronological resume, you start with your most recent, (current) or last employer. A brief (1-2 sentences),informative, description of your duties and responsibilities, followed by bulleted accomplishment statements.
Accomplishments should show how you added value to a situation, challenge, project, etc. what actions you took, and the outcome/results.
Quantifying with depth and breath of the accomplishment will set you apart and tell the reader how that company benefitted by you being an employee there.
You will then go on to the next prior employer, etc., until you have gone back about 10-15 years.
Next list education, leaving off the date, unless you are a recent graduate.
Professional and Civic Organizations may be listed, if they are relevant to the job, and do not provide any information that could be used to discriminate, or indicate any protected class data.
IF you do not have professional organizations, you may want to list your technical skills.
Be sure you have one or more people that know your work, proofread, and give comment to the resume.
Remember – your resume is always a work in progress.
You will need to tweak it as you go along in the interviewing process. You may read ads and realize you need to add a significant piece of information about your experiences, skills, or abilities, or “buzz words” for that industry, you did no/ do not have on the resume.
~Ms. Ivey has had a career in human resources, as external consultant to a variety of companies/industries, and key internal HR roles as an employee. She has also worked in the outplacement industry for over 15 years, assisting clients in their career transitions – as a career planning coach, writing resumes, providing networking, interview and negotiation training to those clients.
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Claire IveyDirector, HR Coaching and Client Services 360°JobInterview.com email@example.com Skype: clairei360ji Promo Code: 5851566
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