Resume and Informational Interview Dos and Don’ts

[display_podcast] After seeing a number of resumes and students for informational interviews, Bryan Blaise, Kevin Saghy, Joseph Tateoka and I wanted to share a few important how-tos. RESUME DOs
  • Limit your resume to one page
  • Use bullets, not asterisks
  • Link to your LinkedIn profile and/or website
  • On your cover letter, add hyperlinks to relevant organizations, etc.
  • Take the time to gear your resume toward the job you are applying for (a resume is not one-size fits all)
  • Show that you are a great writer and can be concise
  • Put your most important information upfront; think of the inverted pyramid you use for writing
    1. Work experience
    2. Relevant volunteer or internship experience
    3. Any other activities you've done that can play up a certain area of expertise or strength
    4. Where you went to school
    5. Your GPA (if it is good)
RESUME DON'Ts
  • Don't list your "connections," especially people you have only met once
  • Don't make margins smaller than 1/2 inch (and even that is pushing it)
  • Font sizes shouldn't go above 12-14 or below 9
  • No word Art
  • NEVER use emoticons or exclamation points
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW DOs
  • Do your research so that you are prepared to go in and ask good questions
  • Arrive prepared; dress nicely and have your resume printed out
  • Even if you talk to multiple members of the team, you can still ask them the same questions; you may get different answers from different people
  • Even though this isn't a formal interview, remember that this is still your chance to impress the team; they often regroup after your meeting to talk about you and may decide to consider you as a candidate
  • Use this as an opportunity to ask the questions you might not ask in a normal interview (For example, get feedback on your resume

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