Getting the Job

The Résumé

Come to the CDO in Room 108 or to set up an appointment to have your resume reviewed or e-mail us at  fcb-cdo@nau.edu.

Resumes are a representation of your personal brand: your calling card. Most of the content is factual (education, work experience, honors, awards, and activities), and you should wordsmith it to get the best clarity and impact, as well as, format the resume for easy reading and attractiveness.

The portion of the resume where you have an opportunity to differentiate yourself from other candidates is in the section where you highlight/summarize your overall skills or competencies. This is a legitimate  place to "toot your own horn".  This section (often referred to as a Qualification Summary) should include four to six bullet points on your unique skills.                                          What are your unique skills and abilities?

The Cover Letter

Great resources to help you get started. To schedule a cover letter review contact the CDO at fcb-cdo@nau.edu or come to room 108.

The Elevator Pitch

Prepare your elevator pitch in advance so you are ready to speak about the important aspects of your background and what you hope to do in the future. The goal is for this pitch to be approximately 30-90 seconds in length.

RESOURCES FOR CREATING AN ELEVATOR PITCH

VIDEO EXAMPLES OF ELEVATOR PITCHES

The Interview

  • From the Trenches: The Best/The Worst interviews, shared by our employers
  • Best: “I have really researched your firm and went to your office tour. I am really impressed by your culture and want to work for [your firm]”.

    –Accounting Firm Representative

    Worst: Someone came in for an office interview. Our receptionist asked if he needed something to drink, etc. She then asked if he was nervous. He said he was not. Trying to make him feel comfortable, she commented that she would be nervous. He fired back “that is why you are back there and I am out here!” Very haughty. His interview was effectively over before it started.

    –Accounting firm Representative

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    Worst: “My husband wants me to ‘take’ this job so we can travel together.” Tourism Sales Representative

     

    –Tourism Sales Representative

    Best: It really impresses me when an interviewee does their homework on the company and knows about the position for which they applied. If they can name off all 10 of our core values and relate them to their lives without asking the question, it’s a huge advantage for them.

    –Insurance Industry Representative

    Worst: We had an interviewee who missed their interview appointment. I called him to make sure there wasn't’t an emergency or valid reason for missing the appointment. He was actually upset that I “Did not call him that morning to remind him to come interview.” I politely told him we were no longer interested in interviewing him since I really didn't’t want to have to call him every morning to “remind him” to come to work.

    –Insurance Industry Representative

    Best: A candidate had come in and had done their homework – they knew the company and told me how they would fit with the culture – what products etc. they liked.

    –Retail Representative

    Worst: Someone said they only dressed up because it was their fraternity Thursday dress up day! Students don’t always research companies beforehand.

    –IT Industry Representative

Professional Dress

You should understand why and how to dress professionally, especially for your interviews. To help you with these expectations, review the CDO's Student's Guide to Professional Dress presentation HERE.

Here are other useful resources to help guide you as you Dress for Success:

Networking

A great start to your networking endeavors HERE.

Personal Branding On-Line

The link below will take you to an online brand calculator. It's not a perfect tool, but it can give a decent measure of the quality of your online presence. This "Online ID Calculator" will also provide you with the perspective your employers will get when they begin to do their own online investigation. So click on the link below, enter your name (e-mail is not required), and follow the directions on the following page.

Consider the results very carefully, keeping in mind the perspective of future employers.