Job Seeker Resources

Resume & Interviewing Insights

We want to see you succeed. Our Human Resources office has put together this list of articles with tips and insights to help you along your job-seeking journey. We hope you find them useful!

Is Your Resume 6-Second Worthy?
By J.T. O'Donnell,

In a time when recruiters and hiring managers are getting inundated with applicants for job postings, one technique they quickly learn to master is the art of "skimming" resumes. They just don't have time to read each resume word-for-word. Instead, they glance at it quickly and look for key info. If they don't see what they need, you're tossed.

You've Got Six Seconds
I was recently told the average recruiter spends about six seconds on a resume and then decides whether to keep reading, or toss it in the 'no' pile. Additionally, their eye works in a Z pattern, meaning left-to-right across the top of the resume, and then back down the left-hand side.

What Your Resume Is Up Against
By Susan Adams,

The job search site,, recently released research showing that recruiters only spend an average of 6.25 seconds looking at a candidate's resume before deciding whether he or she is a fit for a job.

The study also shows that recruiters spend 80% of that six seconds looking at just six things:

  • Name
  • Current title/company
  • Previous title/company
  • Previous position, start and end dates
  • Current position, start and end dates
  • Education

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume
By Elizabeth Lowman,

If you've applied for a job recently, you've probably looked over that 8 1/2 x 11" summary of your career more times than you can count – and tweaked it just as often – in pursuit of the perfect resume.

But before you add another bullet point, consider this: It's not always about what you add in – the best changes you can make may lie in what you take out.

Be On Your Best Behavior for this Interview
By Shala Marks,

We're living in a day and age when good jobs are harder than ever to come by. That's why it's so important that we equip ourselves with the basic skills needed to really shine when it comes to job interviews. After all, turning in a glowing resume is really only half the battle. The rest of the picture your potential future employers are looking to form about you is directly tied to how you do in your job interview.

And I'm sure most people would think how you act during an interview is common sense. I mean, you want a job so you'd present yourself in the best light, right? Not so much. Surprisingly, there are numerous stories of 'candidates do/say the darndest things' during interviews. No fear though; I'm here to offer a few more interview tips to get everyone up to speed.

Five Public Speaking Tips That'll Prepare You for Any Interview
By Holly Murchison,

Landing a job interview is incredibly exciting – and often terrifying. But fear not. There are clever ways to transform your angst into nerves of steel. After all, a good interview should feel like a conversation, not an interrogation. Here are five essential key tips from the world of public speaking that'll help you look just as awesome in person as you do on paper.

Can Smiling Help You Land a Job?
By Rachel Dotson,

Job interviews should be taken seriously, but that doesn't mean you should not smile. In fact, whether you're participating in a phone screen, an in-person interview, or salary negotiations, it benefits you to smile. The author explains why...