Selling Yourself Appropriately

Resumes are the first step into finding a job. A resume helps employers see where you have been, what you have done and where you want to go. This one document can help so much, but you have to know how to sell yourself appropriately. You need to know how many resumes to give to a potential employer. You need to know what to include in a resume, and you definitely need to know what not to include.

How many resumes are enough for the job search? In high school, I was taught to write one resume and include all my education and experience on that one resume. Before sending to a potential employer, I should just change the objective of my resume. When researching the topic of how many resumes a person should have, I came across this fact: the number of resumes depends on the person and what career goal(s) that person has set for him/herself.

If only one career goal is set, then only one resume is needed. There is no set amount of resumes an employer looks for. However, two websites say a person should have at most three. It all depends on the person’s specific goals. As long as the resumes are clear and concise. The resume is usually one of the first items that a potential employer sees regarding the job seeker. These are used to screen all the applicants. Therefore, make sure your resume is perfect.

7 Deadly Sins of Writing a Resume:

  • Fancy resume paper
    • Avoid using fancy, extravagant paper. states “Avoid these like dog poop on a New York summer sidewalk. They’re too expensive and don’t make you look extra special.” (Rith, 2006)
  • Times New Roman font
    • Because this is the default print for Microsoft Word, it is the default print for most resumes. states “Times’s letter spacing and word spacing is wretched in Word. The result is an unharmonious mess.” (Rith, 2006)
  • Teeny tiny font size
    • Teeny tiny fonts are supposedly elegant, refined and allow for more white space on the resume. states “For all that elegance, no one can read it, because most people in hiring positions won’t have fresh baby eyes with 20/20 vision.” (Rith, 2006)
  • Grey text
    • If the color of font is too light, it becomes impossible to read and/or fax.
  • Excessive decoration
    • For resumes, some people may want to add a picture, border or decoration. states “This is great if you want to look like a box of crayons melted on your resume. Otherwise, don’t try to be cute.” (Rith, 2006)
  • Weird paper size
    • In the United States, the standard paper size is 8.5”x 11”. Any other paper size fits awkwardly or not at all into a binder or file. states “When it doesn’t fit, it gets thrown out.” (Rith, 2006)
  • Horizontal format
    • states “In an attempt to stand out, some designers format their résumés in a landscape format. This is more annoying than innovative.” (Rith, 2006)

Employers don’t care about seeing a pretty piece of paper with flowers all over it. They want a resume to be clear and organized. When looking at a resume, they want to be able to find your educational background and experiences without having to search through pictures and decorations. Separate resumes according to career goals and have the information in the resume easy to find. A resume should be professional. I mean, after all, you are sending a resume to hopefully get a job. Good luck and be professional!!!

by Kathryn Persinger, Business major- IUPUC

Works Cited: 

Resume. (2011, October 11). Retrieved October 30, 2011, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Rith, C. (2006, September 26). The 7 Deadly Sins of Resume Design. Retrieved October 30, 2011, from Life Clever:


Interviews from hell – what not to wear and what not to say

Many people may not realize this, but studies have shown that it only takes 20-30 seconds to make a lasting impression in a job interview.  This is an extremely important factor that should not be taken lightly.  There are several things you should be aware of when attempting to make a positive lasting impression.  Factors such as appearance, body language, timing and even your hand shake can make or break your odds of getting the job.Bad Interview

When it comes to interviewing, your appearance is very important.  Some examples of apparel and accessories that should NEVER be worn to an interview include: hats, sunglasses, t-shirts, headphones, bright or large decorative clothing, short skirts, sandals/flip-flops, heavy makeup, facial piercings, visible tattoos, short sleeve shirts and strong perfumes or cologne.

Now that you know what not to wear, you should also know what not to say in an interview.  It’s difficult to anticipate and prepare for all the questions you’re going to be asked, but here are a few common questions that you should be prepared for.

Why do you want to work for our company?

Wrong Response:  I need a job bad, and I’ve been turned down everywhere else.

Interview-What Not to SayAppropriate Response:  After visiting the company’s web site and learning more about the success the company has had in the industry, I’m confident this will be a rewarding place to work and continue to grow as a professional.


Why do you want a new job?

Wrong Response:  I don’t get along with my boss, and my coworkers are difficult to work with.

Appropriate Response:  I’m looking for new and exciting challenges in an environment where I can use my skills to help my employer’s company succeed.

Why should we hire you?

Wrong Response:  I have a gambling problem, and I really need to pay off my debt.

Appropriate Response:  I have the skills to hit the ground running.  Now that I know more about what you are looking for, I’m even more confident that I can exceed your expectations.

Knowing what to wear and what to say takes practice, time and effort.  Do your research, dress for success, and do your best.  You are unlikely to get hired after every interview, but you are very likely to learn something from each interview.

For more great examples of Job Interview Dos and Don’t, please check out Vault Video’s Guide to Interview Dos and Don’ts.

By Brent Humphress, Business Major -IUPUC

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