Creating a resume
Job seekers needing help with a resume have several options. First, check out the local library. Libraries have computers available for free use by the general public. Ask the librarian if you have questions about creating a resume. He or she will be familiar with the computers’ word processing programs, which may include a resume template. Search free resume for online resources. Next, check with the local high school or community college business or English teacher. Many English textbooks have a chapter on creating resumes, and a business teacher will be able to offer advice on creating a resume that stands out. Take two copies to a job interview-one to give the interviewer and one to keep as a reference during the interview. If you are attending a job fair, place multiple copies of your resume in a folder to keep them clean and wrinkle-free as you make your rounds.
Preparing for the interview Practice does make perfect. The local library should have books on preparing for a job interview. Check out at least two of the books. Enlist a friend to ask questions from these boks and think of questions you may want answered at the interview. For example, you will want to know when you can expect to hear from a potential employer. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel.
Acing the interview
When meeting a potential employer at a job fair, you will have a few seconds to make a good first impression. Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact. Answer questions honestly. Ask for the interviewer’s business card and follow up with a written note to that individual.
Dressing for success
Adhere to the advice “Dress for the job you want” and dress professionally. Prepare your clothes the day before. Make sure buttons are sewn on well and clothes are clean and pressed. Groom yourself from head to toe. Avoid heavily scented hairspray and perfume or after shave. Hair should be clean and dry. Avoid going to an interview with a wet head, which gives the impression you barely had time to shower. Give yourself a manicure, and polish or shine your shoes. Avoid bold or gaudy jewelry and too much make up. Clothing should fit properly-no mini-skirts or sagging pants.
Writing a follow-up note
When you get home, write a note to the interviewer. Sample follow-up job interview letters can be found on http://www.quintcareers.com/sample_thank-you_letters.html , or find a book on letter writing in the local library.