Some actual advice
1. Be your best and most honest self. 2. When I have an opening, I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS start with people that I know. Colleagues, people from other organizations, interns, volunteers, friends, etc. Find a way to become someone that I know (or even someone that my colleagues know). Easiest thing to do? Ask to come and talk just to learn more about the company and what openings they have. A 5 minute phone call really goes a long way. LinkedIn is also helpful for leveraging connections you may be unaware of. 3. Don't give up, even if you get turned down. You're not gonna win 'em all. You can do everything right and still get turned down, it happens. Apply again, ask for feedback, and thank them for their time. Worst case scenario - you're right back where you started. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-respond-when-you-didnt-get-the-job-2016-1 4. Make yourself stand out. Do something to get your name to stick out of the sea of applications. 5. Say thanks, even if you don't get the job. If I'm down to two candidates and can't decide, the one that says thanks is getting the job. Thank you cards are never out of style. 6. Don't be afraid to ask questions- before, during and after the whole process is over. This is your career, your future, it's worth asking now, instead of later. 7. Talk to others that work there. At the very least, you'll find out if you'd actually like to work there, and at best, you'll have some insiders vouching for you. 8. Volunteer somewhere and put that experience on your resume. I like to see volunteer experiences - lets me know that you do care about stuff, you're a generally functioning member of society, and is A GREAT GREAT way to build connections and professional experience. Volunteer experience is just as valuable as paid work experience. http://www.volunteermatch.org/ https://www.taprootfoundation.org/ http://www.mentoring.org/ 9. Use Google Drive,, Dropbox, or Evernote to make a digital portfolio. Everyone should have one, filled with anything that's by you and is of good quality. Papers from school, recommendation letters, presentations, whatever that showcases the quality of work you do (even if it's not 100% related to the job). Also, it makes you appear incredibly tech-savvy with minimal effort on your part. How to make an eportfolio with Google Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miMYXPlbt40 10. Be extra nice to the security guard, the secretary, and the custodian that you walk past and interact with on your way into the interview. I will ask them what they think, even if their interaction with you was 3 seconds long. 11. Refrain from littering. Nothing to do with interviewing, just a good life tip Just in general. That's it, Imgurians. I'm happy to help ya out should you ever need it. TL,DR: Apply for your dream job, do your best, get money, get paid. FP Edit: Thanks, Imgur. Hopefully there's something on here that you found useful. Like I said, every interviewer, interview, and job is different so it's just a matter of having a game plan and being prepared for whatever comes your way.
Now it's time to write your resume
Step 8. Find a good resume template that works well for you and build your entire resume around the results in step 7. Regardless of the resume template you should have a section like the above picture that you can use to list all of your relevant skills. I usually suggest putting this right before your "Employment History" section. I built the resume above from using key word results for various "Data Analyst" jobs. I used my youngest employee's resume as inspiration, he's in his early 20s and 2 years out of college. Key words were half the battle, incorporating them in an attractive way is the second half. Match the number in the picture with my comments below to understand the logic. (1) Using vague terms like "Exposure to" or "Experience with" gives you the ability to appear qualified even though you may have just only taken one class on the topic or done some independent research online. If you can speak comfortably on a skill in an interview then feel free to list it in this manner. (2) Here's a good example of a vague and essentially un-provable boast. Pepper your resume with these. I don't advocate outright lying however you certainly need to have a measure of "used car salesmen" in you when you write your resume. (3) The specific person I built this around has 3 years of relevant college work and 2 years work experience. He sent specs to an offshore team in India and managed their development work and he was in charge of a team of interns on his last project. Doesn't sound anywhere near as impressive as what I wrote in the resume however it's still factually true and completely defensible in an interview. (4) You don't have to have done it in the work place for it to count as a skill you're capable of performing. If you've written something up or worked on something as practice on your own time it's still something you've done and a skill you've developed or are developing. Again don't outright lie but don't sell yourself short either. (5) missing a skill? Go to Kahn Academy, Udemy.com, Youtube, local library and take a class or read a book. Every single item listed on the above with a (5) behind it are marketable skills you can learn in either a couple hours online or over a weekend of fiddling around. Step 9. Write a novel. The old "your resume should only be 1-2 pages long" advice doesn't apply to the modern digital world, not one bit, anyone who tells you otherwise is out of touch with how the HR world has changed over the past 10 years. Human Beings don't read stacks of resumes anymore to find good candidates, computers do it. The more words you have the higher chance of hitting the key word match for a given opening. My online resume is 16 pages long (due to the type of work I perform I recognize that this is a pretty big outlier) and I have an "Executive summary" version that's 5 pages long that I'll send to clients that are already interested hiring me or my firm. The average person's Online resume should probably be 4-5 pages and their executive summary should be 1-2.