The job seeking process is all about
presentation. The candidate who presents him or herself in
the best light, usually lands the job. Unfortunately, as a
job seeker you only have a few opportunities to present yourself
to an employer, so it's essential to make the most of these
opportunities. To help you, we've got some resume tips and
- Style Tips
- Keep it simple – Use a
clear, concise, well-organized design.
- Represent your skills accurately;
you want to be believable.
- Use action words to describe
what you’ve done.
- Make sure your key strengths
are easy to locate on the resume.
- Carefully check your spelling,
grammar, and dates. Remember you are trying to sell
yourself and misspelled words do not reflect favorably.
- Have more than one person read
your resume. They may be more likely to spot typos that
- Chronological resumes are the
most common type and are easier to follow than other
- Employers recommend that if you
have more than five years of work experience, list your
work experience at the top, then your education.
- If you are a student or recent
graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher then you should
include your GPA on your resume. If your school uses
a different scale than the 4.0 scale, be sure to explain.
- If you are a student or recent
graduate, include organization memberships, clubs, academic
achievements (Dean’s list), or other appropriate
engagements that highlight your willingness to learn,
be part of a team, and/or be a leader.
- Submitting your Resume
at the NSTA Career Center
- Preview your resume often to
make sure everything is displayed in the manner you
- Do not worry about how aesthetically
pleasing your resume is on the NSTA Career Center. Everyone’s
resume will look the same to employers.
- The resume posting system can’t
possibly accommodate every conceivable item that you
may have on your resume. Just make it fit as best you
- Cover Letter
- Highlight specific reasons you
are applying for the position and ways you will benefit
the employer. Your cover letter is a valuable tool if
it’s written correctly. Don’t just rehash
- Use key words from the prospective
employer’s advertisement and match your skills
to what the employer is seeking.
- Indicate a date and time that
you will follow-up with the potential employer. It is
imperative to follow-up because it demonstrates initiative
- Have a friend proofread
your cover letter. Grammatical and spelling mistakes
can ruin an otherwise great package.
- Preparing for the Big Day
- Research the employer for a solid understanding of
their mission and business.
- Prepare questions you would like to ask the interviewer.
- Run through a mock interview with a friend or family
- Review and be prepared for any of the following sample
- Take out and prepare your outfit for the interview
the night before. This will help you feel prepared.
The last thing you need is to be stressed out immediately
before the interview.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Punctuality Counts!
- Show up at least 15 minutes before the interview
- Do not call the day of the interview to reschedule,
unless it is a dire emergency.
- If you are a smoker, do your best to abstain from
smoking before the interview.
- Be yourself!
- Do not cross your arms during the interview. This
body language suggests you are nervous and/or uncomfortable.
- Look the prospective employer in the eye.
- Shake hands with your right hand. A nice firm handshake
indicates you are confident. Do not give a weak handshake
or one that is too hard.
- Asking Questions
- Do not be afraid to ask questions, but make sure
they are relevant.
- Ask some questions because it indicates that you
care and are interested in the position.
- In Closing and Follow-Up
- Thank everyone properly
for his or her time.
- Ensure that you understand
what and when is the next step (if any) of the interview
- Send thank you notes promptly
to the interviewer(s) thanking them for their time.
This is one of the most important and often overlooked
steps in the interview process.