It’s been a while since you searched for a new job in the Miami area. Or perhaps you’re new to the workplace and are looking for a job for the first time. Whatever the case for you, there are some common questions most job candidates have about the process. Here’s a look at 6 of them:
1. How long should my resume be?
It depends on your level of experience. If you have a long work history, then it’s fine to have a resume that’s two pages long. After all, you don’t want your resume to look cramped just to fit the information onto one page. If your resume is going over the two-page mark, though, then start editing down the earlier jobs you’ve held, or cut down on the information you provide for each job. However, for more entry level employees, it’s standard to have a one-page resume.
2. Should I include all of my past positions on my resume?
No, if you’re looking for a job managing a warehouse and you delivered pizzas 10 years ago in high school, then you don’t need to include that job on your resume. The key is to focus on those past positions that are most relevant to the kinds of jobs you’re applying for now.
3. What’s the difference between an HR person and a hiring manager?
HR, or human resources, are often the gatekeepers to the decision maker in larger companies. They screen resumes, conduct phone interviews and oftentimes also initial interviews. Once a candidate passes through this process, then they’re typically interviewed by the hiring manager, who is in charge of the department that’s hiring. So if you’re looking for a job as a bookkeeper, the hiring manager would likely be the accounting manager.
4. Should I drop off my resume in person?
If the job listing asks you to, then yes. Otherwise, follow the instructions in the job posting.
5. Should my resume list my references or salary history?
Again, unless the job listing specifically asks for this information, don’t list it. If you do, you’re simply wasting valuable resume space that instead could be used to communicate your skills and experience, or explain why you’re a great fit for the job.
6. Should I follow up after submitting my resume or interviewing?
If the hiring manager said to expect an answer in a week, and that deadline has come and gone, then do follow up. If you still don’t hear back within the next week or so, follow up one more time. After that, move onto other opportunities.