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Even though we primarily deal in packaging and find people corrugated jobs, it's essential that our candidates fully understand good writing habits and interview well.

Resume Writing & Interviewing Tips

On this page when you scroll down, you will find:
Great information on how to write an excellent resume and get quality information you can apply when its time to interview.



As mentioned, its crucial for our candidates who are looking for corrugated jobs or any packaging positions that they fully understand and "inwardly digest" the information on this page. Its give some awesome and powerful tips and strategies you can use.
Resume Tips

How to Make your Resume Stand Out and
Present the “Wow” Factor

 

Resume Rules - Follow these rules first and your
resume just may make it to a persons desk instead
of the trash. If these are not followed then you reduce
your chance of being interviewed.

 

Resume Format:

resume writing

  • Keep your resume short and simple
    2-3 pages maximum for a general resume
    unless otherwise asked.
  • Show no gaps in your job timeline and
    proofread your resume to get rid of all
    spelling mistakes and punctuation and
    never abbreviate words.

  • Make sure you include your physical mailing
    address as well as your email address
    and phone numbers.

  • Minimize the use of graphics, background
    pictures boxes and lines. It makes it hard to
    read. If you are a designer, save the graphics
    for the portfolio.

  • Put your top accomplishments at the top
    of the resume! People get hired because they
    put up good numbers and makes them look
    more successful. Think of the star athlete.
    They get the job because they put up good
    numbers! So what's holding you back?

    But again, make sure your numbers add up.
    People like numbers but make sure they add
    up if you use them in your accomplishments
    and that your references can back up those
    numbers.


    Honesty Is The Best Policy

    Resume: “Honesty is the Best Policy!!”
  • Be realistic and honest with yourself. Make
    sure you are applying for the job you are best
    suited for and make sure your resume is job
    specific. If you have experience as a corrugator
    supervisor, but you are applying for a packaging
    sales job, that may not work since most sales
    positions in packaging require that you have a
    book of business and have done $3 or more million
    in sales.


Resume: To the Trash Can or Get Referred to Hiring
                 Manager?


       trash can
Job Offer


Which one would you prefer?



In my many years of being a recruiter, these are the top
reasons why I will not refer a person's resume onto an
employer. Because the feedback from our clients require
high standards, so should you and it should be reflected
in your resume via your accomplishments!

This is not to say your resume will be read. All this does is
increase the chances of your resume being read besides
looking professional, neat, and orderly.



Bob Nevin
Partner with C. H. Nevin & Associates
bob@chnevin.com
http://www.chnevin.com/jobopeningbloglist.php


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Interviewing Tips
Interviewing Tips
Interviewing Tips

How to Interview;
Ten seconds to sell or say so long


Unless your resume catches the interviewer's eye in 10 seconds it's over,
you're done. So the big question is how do I catch the interviewer's eye?
Here comes the best advice on how to get a job interview you'll ever get.

Cater your resume to the job description! I can't stress this point enough.

It's imperative that you cater your resume to each position you apply for. 
I mean taking each line on the job description and writing a line on your
resume to reflect your experience with regard to that line. Take a copywriting
and or a marketing course and learn how and gain skills to market a product
and use those tips to your advantage.

 

Ok back to the interview

Now look, it takes more time than sending the same resume to 100's of jobs, but you're far better off applying to a fraction of those jobs with a resume specifically written for each job.

Put
yourself in the interviewer's shoes. Their job is to hire the most qualified
candidate. They've been given a set of qualifications to look for: aka the
job description, and that's exactly what they're after, so give it to them!
However – keep to one resume per job; do not keep sending employers
updated resumes.

 
Be on time for the interview


There is no excuse for being late to the interview, none! You don't want a pissed off person interviewing you. Leave extra early, do whatever it takes. Blaming it on traffic or anything else doesn't matter (even if it's true).

 

Make sure your Cell phone is turned off before the interview begins!

Obvious but easily forgotten, at least it was with 2 of the people interviewed.
Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned off.

 

Know the company, and why you want to work there

Google the company you're interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about
the company's mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you're asked why
you want to work for the company, you best answer something better then,
"I like the company's location," which was said.

 

Bring extra copies of your resume

Your interviewer(s) will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares.

It shows you're prepared and serious about getting the job.

 

Bring a notepad

Very few people bring a notepad with them to a job interview. It's a very

subtle thing that makes you stand out. Take notes when appropriate.

 

Dress in a clean conservative manner

Make sure you go into a job interview having showered and wearing clean

clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don't wear any on the day
of the interview. What's subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your
interviewer like you were marinating in it! :) So its for the best to leave it at home.

 

Social Networking - Set Profiles to private

Again, if you don't think interviewers Google you or look you up on Facebook,

LinkedIN or Twitter, you're crazy! Hiring managers that we've spoken with all do this, as one put it, "to weed out people who wouldn't be a good fit in the company's
culture." Don't give them ammo to not like you, set your profiles to private!

 

Don't make jokes

Too many people think they are funny when in reality they're not. A job

interview isn't the place to test your material. Be friendly and outgoing,
save the jokes.

 

Don't babble

When answering a question, answer the question. Don't start out answering

a question and then veer off to talk about something else. Make sure your
answer directly reflects the question being asked.

 

Don't badmouth a boss

Bad mouthing a previous boss in a job interview is a huge negative.

Don't fall into the trap! They may have been the worst boss in the world but expressing that in a job interview is a huge mistake.

 

Don't flirt with the interviewer

Common sense but needs to be stated.

 

Don't play with your face/hair

Interviews can be a nervous experience but rubbing your chin, twirling

your hair, or anything else along those lines makes you look like you're
lying or lacking confidence, both not good.

 

Less is more

Sometimes certain details of your life are better left unsaid and its ok to
leave them wanting to know more. It shows a higher interest level on their
part.

 

Have good eye contact

Staring at the floor, ceiling, or wall when speaking or listening makes

you appear disinterested. Again, simple and obvious but happens way
more then you'd think. Also sitting at the edge of your chair instead of laid

back shows your interest level and excitement about the opportunity.

 

Have goals

Maybe you don't have any idea where you want to be in a few years

professionally but figure out something to say. If you don't and you're
asked, you appear un-ambitious, which leads an interviewer to think
you'd be a lazy employee.

 

Have accomplishments

Be prepared to talk about something that you're proud of accomplishing,

whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it).

 

Have passion and converse normally

Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what

you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more
intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you'll look. Don't be a
wimp but don't be pushy, overly intense, toss out non applicable business
jargon, abbreviations, and power words you would never use in a normal
conversation or being flamboyant, or arrogant either in the interview.
Be a nice, polite person with some passion thrown in.

 

Ask Questions

At the end of the job interview make sure you have some questions to ask.

If the interviewer doesn't offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces
your strong interest in the job.

 

Send a thank you note and follow up
It's easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer
a hand written thank you note. In it state 3-4 good reasons why you want
the job and 3-4 good reasons on how you can help the employer
accomplish their goals. Don't forget to thank them for their time! All this
reinforces your interest in the job. It doesn't need to be long, just make it sincere. 

 

There you have it. The best job interview tips you'll ever get.

If you feel that you need even more information and gain the skills
necessary to sell yourself in any interview or achieve even greater positions
as they arise in a company your with, I urge you to surround yourself with
marketing and sales pros who can teach you and support your efforts.
Its like a real cheering section for you! Believe me - it helps out a lot!
C. H. Nevin & Associates, LLC  is dedicated and passionate about assisting
packaging companies in the United States engaged in recruiting people for various
corrugated jobs, folding carton jobs, and generalized packaging jobs. Please call us at
440-384-8983 if your company has an opening or if you are looking for a new position.