Before you can really begin your job search, you should have a professional email address, a resume, and some idea of what to do in an interview. If you need help getting started, click on the links below.
Get a Professional Email Address
Having a professional email address can make the difference between getting an interview or not. Employers often do not take candidates seriously if they have an email such as “cooldude@...” or “gamer4life@...” Good, professional email addresses avoid: numbers and symbols, your nickname, pet’s name, hobby, etc. Try using your first and last name or initials when you sign up for a free email address with Google or Yahoo.
Build a Great Resume
Create great resume to showcase your work history, education, and references in a clean, easy-to-read format. To save time, collect and organize this information before you sit down to write the resume. There are many different ways to format and organize a resume, so you should look at many different samples to decide which one would be the best fit for you in your job search.
- Career One-Stop’s Resume Guide
- Purdue University’s how to write a resume
- Sample resumes
- Resume builders
Hone Your Interview Skills
Once you’ve submitted your application or resume, knowing what to do in an interview is essential. It is important to practice answering common interview questions, dress in professional clothes, and follow up with your interviewer to thank them for their time.
- Prepare for an interview with Ohio Means Jobs (requires login)
- How to prepare for an interview
- Top questions asked in an interview
- What to do during and after an interview
- What to do & what not to do in an interview