As part of our continued dedication to our employees, below you will find
a list of resources to help you prepare and succeed in your ventures to
employment. Starting with tips on preparing your Cover
Letter and Resume. Next, find out simple tips
on how to Dress for Success. Finally find out
the do's and don'ts with our Interview Tips.
Cover Letters [top]
The resume is an important part of the employment process. Not only is
it the first thing an employer sees from you, but it is what the employer
will use to decide whether you move on to the next stage of the process.
A cover letter is your opportunity to introduce yourself, expand upon
and personalize your resume and highlight how your skills and experience
would fulfill the needs of the employer. It also gives the employer the
opportunity to evaluate your ability to communicate and present yourself.
Listed below are some guidelines to consider when composing your cover
- Keep it brief, no more than 1 page.
- Tailor it to the position and company to which you are applying.
- Demonstrate that you know your career goals, the position and the
- Clearly state your objective.
- Be sure to say why you think you would be a good match for the position.
- Highlight your skills and accomplishments.
- Spell check and proofread your cover letter as spelling, grammar and
punctuation mistakes are inexcusable.
Resume Tips [top]
- Maintain a consistent writing style.
- Use present tense verbs when referring to current activities.
- Use numbers to quantify the scope of involvement.
- Be concise and clear in your descriptions.
- Ensure that you have no typing, spelling or grammar errors.
- Use jargon and terms specific to the industry.
- Print final copies of your resume on quality paper.
- Use "I" or "my".
- Include personal information such as marital status, social security
number or age.
- Use abbreviations unless you define them.
- Use words that you are not familiar with.
- Overcrowd your resume.
Include in your resume:
- Your first and last name, complete unabbreviated address, telephone
number with area code and email address (if you have one).
- Professional Goals: If your resume is intended for a particular position,
tailor it accordingly.
- Education history should follow work experience or employment history.
Wardrobe & Appearance [top]
Investing money in your business wardrobe is money well spent. Always
dress for success, you want to be noticed and it may land the job or help
you get promoted. You do not need to spend a fortune on your business
attire, just accumulate a few good basics. The tips below can be applied
to both male and female:
- Acceptable business attire would be a business suit (blazer and dress
pants or skirt), with a blouse or sweater. Skirts should be no shorter
than above the knee. Do not wear evening attire or anything too revealing
- No flashy jewellery. Invest in some good quality accessories to complement
- Keep make-up as natural looking as possible.
- Go easy on perfumes and body lotions as some people are allergic or
find these things offensive if they are overdone.
- Always wear stockings, even in the summertime, as they are more professional
than bare legs.
- Wear a freshly pressed jacket and tie. If the environment doesn't necessitate
a full suit, wear a nice shirt and slacks.
- Ensure your shoes are polished.
- Make sure you have a clean shave.
- Make sure your hair is neat, clean and trimmed.
Choose the best outfit you can afford in a conservative and classic design
that is comfortable. A good fabric will ensure that it will last for years
and neutral colours such as black, navy or grey are recommended.
Interview Tips [top]
- Ensure that you are informed about the position and the organization
before your interview. Try to get a job description and details of the
position. Know what the salary range is.
- Make sure you know the exact location and how to get there. Allow
for extra time in case of traffic or transit problems. Familiarize yourself
with area parking or the transit route.
- Dress appropriately. Grooming should be impeccable. Always look successful.
- When meeting your interviewer, give a firm handshake, address your
interviewer by name, smile and make eye contact. Answer questions in
a professional manner and keep your responses pertinent to the questions.
Never speak negatively about present or previous work situations.
- Remember to listen.
- Maintain a positive attitude. This can really help you get ahead.
- Express enthusiasm and interest in the company and the position. Ask
any questions that you may have pertaining to the company and/or the
position. Do not discuss money/salary in the interview unless the employer
initiates it. Always end the interview with a handshake.
- Send a thank you note after the interview and reiterate your interest
in the position.
- Follow up with a phone call if you are not contacted within a week
of when the interviewer indicated you would be.
- Avoid negative body language i.e. fidgeting, crossing arms over chest,
tight or forced smiles, swinging your leg or foot, gnawing on your lip,
- Arrive late for the interview or indicate you are late because of
- Look dishevelled and inappropriately dressed.
- Brag about how great you are but neglect to cite evidence of your
- Respond in unfocused, disorganized and rambling matter.
- Remain low key and display no enthusiasm for the job.
- Answer most questions with a simple "yes" or "no"
- Appear desperate for a job, any job.
- Call the interviewer by his or her first name, or use the wrong name.
- When asked "Do you have any questions?" answer "No".
Make sure you have a few questions to ask during this time. You can
also take this time to add any information that you didn't get a chance
to ask during this time.