Interview & Resume Help
So: How do you land your student job? Submit an application and get ready to interview!
Once you find a job opening you want to apply for, you will want to submit an application or resume. It is recommended you contact the employer (usually contact information is included in the actual job listing) to find out what they require to apply for the position if it is not already listed.
If you do not have a resume, or need to create a new one, UMaine’s Career Center is a great resource. Check out their resume help webpage and their Guide to Resume Writing to get started on your own, or stop by their office during walk-in hours or by scheduled appointment for a review of your current resume.
Some employers will require a cover letter in addition to your resume. Check out this cover letter help video from the UMaine Career Center.
Many employers will request an interview after reviewing you application information. Whether you are doing a phone, video/Skype, or in-person interview and regardless of if it is an on or off campus position, you should treat your interview seriously. The Career Center has some great Interviewing Resources on their website. Here are a few important tips:
- Prepare – Research the employer you will be interviewing with and practice answering some common interview questions.
- Make a Good First Impression – Dress to impress! You should aim to convey an image of professionalism, authority and competence.
- Be On Time – You should arrive (or have your video/phone equipment ready) 10 – 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the interview.
- Ask Questions – Try to prepare a few questions for the employer at the end of the interview.