ClearanceJobs recently asked recruiters to send in their top tips for cleared job seekers. From resumes and interviews to career networking, here was their best advice:
1. Mind your resume
You need a flawless resume. It’s hard to believe in this day and age of technology that I still see resumes with misspellings, formatting issues, and punctuation issues. A sloppy resume indicates a sloppy and careless performance. Take the extra time or spend the extra money to have your resume free of any errors. Otherwise, you’ll never get an interview. -James Zenyuh – E.K. Fox & Associates Ltd.
2. Do your homework
The best advice that I can give to a candidate going on an interview is to research the company that you are meeting with. You don’t have to memorize the webpage but you should go in with a general idea of what the company does. You should also come to the interview with some thoughtful questions about the company, its structure, its culture, etc. Lastly, be yourself, in the end both you and the person conducting the interview will have a better experience if you are honest and upfront with what you can and cannot do. Best of luck! -Sandi Molettieri, Goodrich Corporation
3. First impressions are key – so is putting your phone on vibrate during an interview
Ringback tones are popular but sometimes they can be inappropriate. The song you pick may leave a bad first impression. – Andrea Pineda – Delta Resources, Inc.
4. Don’t overstate your skills
Don’t misrepresent yourself on your resume. If you can’t speak intelligently about something, don’t list it. I had a candidate once, who had a particular technology listed on his resume. I wasn’t familiar with it, so I googled it and pulled up the definition on Wikipedia. When I asked the candidate about said technology, he proceeded to read the EXACT Wikipedia definition to me. He didn’t get the job! -Tracy Green – Integrity Management Consulting
Never inflate your resume; a recruiter can usually tell when something isn’t right. Being up front and honest from the beginning will lead to better rapport and unforeseen opportunities down the road. Integrity is everything. -David Braun – Intecon