Stick to one page
Use good paper
- Repeat information that's in your résumé
- Let your references know that they may be contacted
- Compromise information to keep to the one-page rule
Show up on time
Bring a folder to carry additional information
Cover tattoos, piercings
Show up late or too early
Wear bright colors or patterns
Wear too-tight or sloppy clothes
- Use long pauses, or "ummm" and "like"
- Use a thank-you note as an opportunity to expand on interview questions that you didn't respond to completely.
Be overly excited if you're offered the job
- Call more than once after the interview to follow up
Look up "employment" in the phone book for local agencies.
Make sure your voice mail recording is professional.
Network in person and on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
- Cold-call employers to ask about possible openings.
Use library books, microfiche and databases to research jobs and potential employers to write an informed cover letter.
The Stanislaus County Library in Modesto has résumé templates available on word processing computers.
It also has wireless Internet, so job seekers can bring in their own computers and write cover letters while referring to information and books only available at the library.
The library also has ReferenceUSA, a database that sorts businesses regionally and by field so job seekers can find companies in certain regions that employ people with their skills.
- Check out books on résumés, cover letters, career tests, DVDs about how to dress professionally.
Sources: Alliance WorkNet, Stanislaus County librarian, MJC's career development center