How can you stand out and impress a potential employer to select you? The V2X expert recruitment team provides you with insights below that can help guide you in your application process, and gives you tips that may help launch your next career.

Let’s begin with the first impression: the resume. All of our applicants are initially screened by reviewing resumes, which is the first time we’re “meeting” you. So how do you make your resume stand out and catch the attention of a recruiter? Here is a tip on developing your resume that will help get you the interview.

It’s important to provide relevant content in your resume. Most recruiters utilize programs and filters to only populate resumes that include specific keywords. So, having a keyword section on your resume that captures your skills is important.

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Once you’ve landed the interview, congratulations are in order! But now what? Interviews look and feel much different these days. Some may be in-person, and some may be during a phone call or virtual setting. Here is some advice on how to prepare and navigate a successful interview in any setting.

Although some things have changed, doing your due diligence is not one of them. Spend considerable time researching the company and the role you are interviewing for. Prepare yourself for potential questions you may be asked that fit the role and have a mock interview with someone that can give you a candid critique.

The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be in the interview and that will show through to the interviewer. You should prepare a list of thoughtful questions to ask about the company and the expectation of the priorities of the position. Lastly, plan to summarize what you understood to be the critical competencies of the position and how you are uniquely qualified to meet those competencies and to add value to the company.

During the interview, think positive and maintain good posture and eye contact. This helps to not only bolster self-assurance but also make that confidence presence known. Be friendly, courteous, and smile. Be sure to speak as clearly as possible so the interviewer can hear you. Keep in mind, the interviewer wants to know about how your experience aligns with the position. Focus on selling the strong points that reflect your unique qualifications! Be honest. If you don’t know something or don’t have experience in an area, that’s ok. Respond with, “I don’t know, but (insert explanation) is how I would plan to learn”. Take notes and ask your prepared questions. Be sure to obtain the interviewer’s contact info and send a thank you that objectively reminds them why you are the best candidate for the position.

Always dress professionally, even if it is a virtual interview. For virtual interviews, make sure your background is as professional as possible and limit any potential distractions, interruptions, or noise. It is best to join the virtual meeting early and test your equipment to avoid any technical issues. A good rule of thumb: early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable! When your interview is over, it’s ok to ask about next steps to ease the uncertainty that may come while you wait!

Last, but not least, be yourself and don’t forget to state what value you bring to the company and ask for the job! We hope you found this information helpful and that you have the confidence needed to pursue that new opportunity. We wish you the best on elevating your career to the next level!

Resume: How long is too long?
An ideal resume length is 1-2 pages. If you cannot fit your qualifications on 1-2 pages, then it is ok to exceed this length.

Picture or no picture on my resume?
It is not recommended to include a picture on your resume.

I secured an interview. What do I wear?
Professional attire is always a must to wear to an interview. It is better to overdress than underdress.

Do I need a cover letter?
A cover letter is not recommended. Clearly articulate your qualifications in your resume and share them during your interview.

Should I bring a copy of my resume to the interview?
Bring multiple copies of your resume to the interview. Simple things like this can show good business acumen.

At what point is it acceptable to discuss pay during the interview process?
It is acceptable to ask the pay range before accepting the interview or during the interview. The specific total compensation can be negotiated during the offer stage.

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