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  • Make your name stand out;
  • Use action words;
  • Short and to the point;
  • Show your interests and hobbies as relevant to the job;
  • Emphasize anything that proves your team work, organizing, planning, persuading skills;
  • Write your referees with contacts, or simply write ‘references available upon request’
  • Order and emphasis are up to you; but try to highlight different aspects of your academia and relevant experience first;
  • Spell check, accurate in spelling and grammar;
  • Concise
  • Chronological order: from recent to old;
  • Be cohesive throughout the whole CV;
  • Review with advisors; ask people for suggestions
  • Be honest;
  • Be positive, lay out only good things;
  • If e-mailed – subject and body mail
  • Use a formal e-mail address (no e-mails like: zeshkanja_121 J);
  • If you got various work experience emphasize it first;
  • Use white A4 paper;
  • Same tense throughout whole CV


  • Don’t write age and/or gender, not relevant for a career;
  • Don’t mention the routine, ex. cleaning the tables;
  • Never use sentences;
  • Don’t use ‘ I ‘ or ‘my’;
  • Don’t use the old boring clichés, ex. ‘socializing with friends’
  • Don’t put passive hobbies, ex. reading, watching TV, surfing
  • Don’t back a CV, each page in a separate sheet;
  • Don’t write CV/Resume on top;
  • Don’t lie on your CV, they are always found out and lead you to disqualification, embarrassment, and black list;
  • Don’t use flashy, funky, colorful, glossy fonts and paper. CV is formal – KEEP IT SIMPLE;
  • Don’t fold it, full size A4;
  • Don’t put photographs (unless asked);
  • Don’t use abbreviations or jargon language, HR might not understand it;
  • Don’t mention health problems;


Interview Tips


  • —  Arrive 10 minutes early for the interview
  • —  Greet everyone including the receptionist in a friendly way
  • —  Smile and show positive attitude
  • —  Be honest and positive in your answers
  • —  Wait for the interviewer to ask you to be seated or sit right after the interviewer
  • —  Speak clearly
  • —  Sell yourself for the good candidate that you are
  • —  Thank the interviewer and smile while leaving the interview room
  • —  Give specific examples in your questions
  • —  Use a warm and conversational tone  
  • —  Use eye contact
  • —  Limit your answers approximately 1-2 minutes
  • —  Ask for clarification of questions, if needed


  • —  Be late
  • —  Answer questions with ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Do elaborate on your answers
  • —  Answer a question with ‘I don’t know”
  • —  Pause in your answers. Don’t use um, hmm, basically, like
  • —  Chew gum or smoke prior to your interview
  • —  Discuss personal issues
  • —  Use slang language
  • —  Put anything in the interview desk – elbows, purse
  • —  Play with your fingers, key hangers, pen, tie
  • —  Look scared or nervous
  • —  Act defensive
  • —  Talk too much or too little
  • —  Be rude
  • —  Criticize anyone or anything
  • —  Focus on your weaknesses
  • —  Interrupt
  • —  Bring someone along
  • —  Act desperate
  • —  Emphasize salary
  • —  Beg for the job 

Interview Questions – select the best answer

  • Tell us about yourself
  • What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want to work with this company?
  • What was the most difficult problem you have handled? How did you deal with it?
  • Tell me about a time you had a conflict or confrontation with your boss or co-worker.

How to write a Cover Letter

1. First Paragraph - Why you are writing
2. Middle Paragraphs - What you have to offer
3. Concluding Paragraph - How you will follow-up


What to Include in a Cover Letter
When you are a writing a cover letter, there is specific information that needs to be included. Your cover letter will include a contact section, a salutation, information on why you are qualified for the job, a closing, and your signature.


  • Avoid clichés and meaningless or wordy expressions.
  • Your cover letter should complement, not duplicate your resume.
  • Your cover letter is often the first contact with an employer, make sure it creates a good impression.
  • Take the time to target your cover letter to the job you are applying for.


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