Resume and Interview Tips

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As you consider an opportunity with PMCG, you should spend some time developing or updating your resume. Your resume offers you a chance to market your skills, abilities, accomplishments and experience. A good resume defines your qualifications as a job candidate and provides the hiring manager with a favorable first impression of you.

Getting Started
Regardless of the position you are interested in, the starting points for building your resume are the same:

Determine the job or types of jobs you are interested in and research the responsibilities and qualifications of those positions.
Think about why you can do the job and make a list of your skills that are relevant to the job.
Identify experiences and accomplishments that show your proficiency in the skills required for the job.
Summarize your abilities, accomplishments and skills to a brief, concise document.

Do's and Dont's
As you develop your resume, keep these in mind:

Do be brief. Resumes should be 1-2 pages in length.
Do be upbeat and active in your wording.
Do emphasize what you have done clearly and concretely.
Do be neat and well-organized.
Do have others proofread and critique your resume. Spell-check the document. Make it error-free.
Do use high-quality, white or light-colored 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Use a laser printer if possible.

Don't be dishonest, always tell the truth about yourself in the most flattering light.
Don't include salary history or requirements.
Don't include references.
Don't include accomplishments that do not support your professional goals.
Don't include anything that isn't relevant. For example, don't mention your fondness for swimming unless you want to 
           work on the water.
Don't use italics, underlining, shadows or other fancy treatments.

Parts of a Resume
Try to limit the information you include into one of these categories:

• Personal Information
• Summary of Qualifications and Specialized Skills
• Significant Work Experience
• Education/Training
• Professional Membership and Organizational Affiliations

Successful Interviewing
Interviewing should not be viewed as a frightening ordeal. It is your opportunity to learn more about the position, while the interviewer learns about you.

Interviewing is a process. One of the biggest advantages you can have in interviewing is understanding the process. Use the following steps to help you further your competitive advantage. Invest some time before your interview and you will approach the event with more confidence.

7 Steps to a Successful Interview
1. Anticipate -
Put yourself in the interviewer's position. What do you believe the interviewer is most interested in? Why do you think you have been invited to interview?
2. Research -
What are the primary functions of the line of business? What are the success factors for the job? Is there a job description available?
3. Assess -
Think about your skills, abilities, knowledge, interests, traits, values and accomplishments. Match them to what you know about the job. Consider which ones you should highlight.
4. Prepare Answers -
Think about questions the interviewer may ask, determine what the best answers are and write it all down.
5. Prepare Questions -
Interviewing is a two-way street. By asking thoughtful questions, you communicate your interest and learn a lot about the job. Avoid asking questions about vacation time, breaks, etc.
6. Practice -
It may seem awkward, but it is the best way to come across well in an interview. Practice your own "great responses" with others or in front of a mirror until you appear relaxed and at ease.
7. Follow-up -
Send a brief follow-up letter to the interviewer. Since many job searchers will not send follow-up letters it can be a competitive advantage.


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