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Resources for Job Seekers



Looking for work? Explore our job search resources including career databases, workshops, and more.


Resume Writing Tips

Resume Do’s

  • Include contact information (name, phone number, email, address) on the top of page one
  • Contact information should be the best way an employer can reach you
  • Have a professional voice mail message and email address
  • Use action verbs and be consistent with verb tense
  • Give more space to your most recent and relevant work experience
  • Quantify accomplishments when you can
  • Use simple fonts and formatting- avoid fancy fonts/colors/graphics unless related to your field
  • Ask someone else to proofread your work!
  • Create a plain text version of your resume for electronic submission

Resume Don’ts

  • Lie or embellish your knowledge/skills/abilities
  • Use abbreviations or jargon (industry specific language)
  • Include pictures
  • Disclose personal information – all information should be job related
  • Exceed two pages

Interviewing Tips

Interview Do’s

  • Plan to arrive to your interview 10-15 minutes early
  • Greet people with confidence
  • Be aware of body language: eye contact, handshake, posture, engaged listening (leaning in, nodding, smiling)
  • Take your time in answering questions; give specific, relevant examples
  • Stay focused on the interview (don’t get distracted)
  • Convey why you are the best candidate for the job
  • Send thank you letter/note/email

Interview Don’ts

  • Come unprepared
  • Discuss personal information (for example: age, family status, health)
  • Provide general answers (vague answers with no past experience examples)
  • Be arrogant
  • Exaggerate about your abilities or past work experience
  • Be distracted (cell phones, chewing gum, fidgeting)
  • Say anything negative about previous companies or managers


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