Full-time freelance editor and writer
I recently reviewed the resume that I used to obtain my current library position. After reviewing it, I realized that my resume wasn’t really all that impressive for position that I applied. What probably got the hiring manager (my current boss) to pick up the phone and call me for an interview was my cover letter.
The ad, from what I can recall, wanted an “enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing, and motivated” person to apply for the job. Trust me, I am all that and a bag of chips. (One of the few areas in which I am confident.) I had dreamed of being able to help patrons at the library desk since I was a library page at the tender age of 14. (smile) But my resume excelled in nothing but journalism and editorial experience. How in the world could I convince a hiring manager that someone who had a mostly solitary work experience background could translate into an energetic person who would “relish” (yes, I used that word) the opportunity to work with the public? Read more…
By the time the big day rolls around,
- You’ve done your research on the company,
- Discovered where you fit the job description and can play up your strengths where you don’t, and
- Have rehearsed your answers to frequently asked questions that might be lobbed your way.
Doing these things may not make you less nervous but it has certainly made you more prepared than most of the other candidates. Read more…