Resumes & Interviews

Is your resume in the best possible shape to get to the top of the pile? A resume is your chance to make a great first impression, but it can be a struggle to know what to include and what to leave out.

Resume Help

Making sure your resume is up-to-date is top priority as your graduation nears. Your resume should introduce you, present your work history, outline your major achievements and, most importantly, identify what you do best.

Focus on your achievements, rather than just listing the responsibilities of previous positions, keep your resume to around two pages and ensure the content is relevant to the position you’re applying for. A general resume outline is as follows:

  • Cover letter (one separate page)
  • Summary / introduction
  • Employment history / work experience
  • Education / additional training
  • Skills and attributes
  • Awards and achievements
  • Referees (two or three)

Quick Resume Tips

  • Focus on the cover letter and summary. While other applicants may have the same qualifications, this is where you can highlight key attributes that will really stand out to your potential employer.
  • Skip the clichés (e.g. "I'm a young professional looking for a new opportunity") and always go to the effort of addressing the cover letter personally, avoiding "To whom it may concern).
  • Triple check everything! Get a friend or family member to read your resume – not only will they pick up on any typos, they might also be able to add in any skills or experience you might have forgotten about.

If you’re asked for an interview, your resume has done its job! It's normal to feel nervous or anxious before and even during the interview. The way to get rid of these feelings is to be well prepared.

Interview Preparation

The more you know about the employer and the industry, the more you'll be able to discuss and ask. Asking questions in an interview shows you're not just going through the motions and have taken a serious interest in the position.

If you're interviewing to become a travel consultant, visit a store first to get an idea about the company and its employees, review the different kinds of travel they sell, and have a look online at travel wholesalers such as airlines and hotels to get a feel for how these products are described and sold.

It’s a good idea to arrive a little early for your interview so you can gather your thoughts and settle your nerves, but be careful not to be too early as your potential employer is most likely busy or interviewing other candidates.

One last thing to remember is body language. Give the interview panel your best by being focused and actively listening – not just reciting the information you think they want to hear.

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