Powering Up Your Resume



Most resumes could use some improvement. Even if you aren’t necessarily breaking any resume rules, that doesn’t mean that your resume couldn’t use some polish and a little pizzazz. If you’re looking to give your resume a boost, these tips could help.

Get help from a friend.

Have a friend read your resume, then have a conversation together about what your experience and skills are. Have them ask you informal, interview style questions. Then go over your resume together. Did you leave out something really important? For example, did you list that you volunteer but forgot to write that you have a leadership role? Sometimes it’s hardest to write about yourself, and talking to a friend could help you highlight important points that you might have missed.

Rethink order and structure.

Look at lots of resume samples online and from friends. How does yours compare in style? Are theirs more or less readable and easy to scan? Don’t let your resume be one giant block of text—break important points out into bullets and keep things relevant but succinct. When deciding on order or how to group experience, go with what makes the most sense and will be the easiest for another person to understand.

Rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit.

Edit down and eliminate all clutter and unnecessary words. Rewrite to make things more readable and succinct. Remember: Wordy doesn’t make you sound smarter or fancier—it just frustrates the reader. Keep it simple and clear. If your friend reading your resume doesn’t understand something, rewrite it. Whoever reads your resume won’t have the benefit of you sitting there ready to explain, so make everything crystal clear.

Time to update.

How long has it been since you wrote your resume? Many recent graduates list college and school activities at the top, but if you have been working for a few years, it’s time to rethink the order of things. You want to highlight your most relevant experience and accomplishments, not list all your old college activities. Keep honors, scholarships, and, if you desire, your GPA, but lose any other experience that doesn’t directly relate to your current career path. If you have been working a long time, don’t let your resume get too long—keep only what you really need.

Think of your resume as a quick story that sums up your experience. Tell it succinctly in an order that makes sense and you will already have put yourself a head above the rest. Think of everything good hr companies, such as Solvo Global, would be looking for.


Interview Tips For Job Seekers



Before You Arrive:

Do some homework! Prior to interview research the potential employer by going to the company’s website. Another alternative is to research articles or press releases written about the company in the library or on the internet. The time and effort spent researching the company will add depth to the overall conversation and better prepare the candidate for the interview and to convince the human resource management.

  • Bring your resume. Paperwork can be misplaced and the interviewer will be appreciative of your preparedness.

  • A general understanding of the business will greatly enhance conversation and demonstrate enthusiasm.

  • Plan ahead. The candidate should be familiar with the area prior to the day of the interview. If necessary call for directions in advance to avoid getting lost or running behind schedule.

  • Look in the mirror and practice your facial expressions. This may seem a bit silly at first but what you are actually doing is seeing yourself as others would, therefore potentially eliminating any negative facial expressions.

  • Remember, it is very important to smile, not only when you are introduced to the person who will be interviewing, but anyone else you may meet.

Interview Day

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early for interview in case information is required to be filled out or use of the restroom is needed.

  • Remember to shut off your cell phone before you enter the building.

Tips To Improve Communication

Communication is more than what is said. It is often the nonverbal communication that people are not conscious of. Make a positive and professional first impression by giving a firm handshake to each interviewer and addressing them by name.

  • Treat the person who greets you with kindness and respect. Interviewers often get feedback from the receptionist as well as other co-workers about the candidate’s personality.

  • Eye contact is extremely important when communicating. If you look away while speaking, especially during an interview, it shows lack of confidence in what is being said in addition to sending the subtle message that the information provided may be false.

  • Posture is an attribute of confidence. When standing, be sure to stand up straight. When seated, lean slightly toward the front edge of the chair to indicate attentiveness and interest.

  • Hand gestures should be minimal and movements natural.

  • The key to successful interviewing is a positive attitude.

  • Maintain focus on the company’s needs while presenting confidence in fulfilling them.

Keeping these suggestions in mind greatly increases the probability of a job offer.