Resume Writing Tips for Dollar Tree (Is Your Resume Dollar Tree Ready?)
We have seen a lot of resumes, both good and bad. Here are our top five tips for writing resumes that get our attention.
- Start with a Qualifications Summary
Write a summary of your most impressive qualifications. Qualifications are more effective than an objective statement. New college graduates may find it difficult to articulate a career goal that relates to each position. Keep your summary brief and construct a few hard-hitting sentences.
- Give Education Top Billing
Resume writers typically place education at the end of a resume, but new college graduates should move their education towards the top. With little-to-no experience in the target field, education is often the most valuable information a new college graduate has to offer. First list your college/university name, its city, and state. Then detail your anticipated graduation date, relevant extracurricular activities, and courses. Include your GPA if it is 3.0 or higher.
- Be Strategic in Describing Unrelated Jobs
Many students have part-time, seasonal, or temporary work experience that is unrelated to their career goals. However, prospective employers value candidates who demonstrate dependability and a strong work ethic, even if the experience is in a different industry. Don't pack your resume with irrelevant details - pull out the most important aspects of your work experience. Go into detail about projects that demonstrate leadership, drive, and determination.
- Think Like an Employer... AND Like a Job Seeker
Look at your experience from different perspectives: the employer’s and your own.
Employers want to know that you have transferable skills. You may never have been in the role that you're interested in, but you may have some relevant experience. Study job ads or internship announcements that interest you. For example, if an ad states that communication skills are important, think about times when your communication skills came into play. For instance, if you've worked in any customer-service related positions, you have definitely used communication skills. You can emphasize these skills on your resume. When you look at your experience through your own eyes, consider what you enjoy and seek a position that interests you. Consider the tasks or responsibilities you had in volunteer, seasonal, or part-time positions. They may not be directly relevant to the positions you're targeting, but if you enjoyed them, they may be good indicators of where you will excel.
- Pick the Right Resume Length
For most college students, a one-page resume is plenty. That isn't a hard-and-fast rule, particularly for students who have established a track record within their career path through internships or work experience. For these students, a one-page resume would sell them short, so it's OK to go to two pages.
Interviewing with Dollar Tree
Based on our experience, here is our advice to you:
Research, Research, Research!
- Arrive knowing some background on the prospective employer. This shows interest in the company and industry.
- Ask questions about the company and about the specific position.
- Research the practices associated with successful interviewing.
Look Your Best
- Dress appropriately and ensure your grooming leaves you looking neat and professional.
- Avoid heavy cologne or perfume.
- Don’t chew gum!
Be Prompt, Professional, and Polite
- Know the exact time and location of the interview and determine your travel time and parking arrangements well in advance.
- Arrive no less than 10 minutes prior to the interview start time.
- Turn off your cell phone or leave it in the car. (If you forget and the phone rings during the interview, DO NOT answer it. Instead, apologize and quickly turn the phone off.)
- Be courteous to and respectful of everyone you encounter.
Polish Your Interviewing Skills
- Prepare for typical interview questions. Search the internet for a list of example questions.
- Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact, and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer. Maintain eye contact during the interview.
- Remain poised and calm.
- Do not criticize past employers
Be Confident, Clear, and Honest
- Avoid soft tones, poor diction, and poor grammar.
- Make it clear where your interests lie when it comes to the work.
- Be yourself and be honest. Dishonesty is grounds for withdrawing job offers.
- Indicate your interest in the specific opportunity, not just in any job.
Remember to Say “Thank You”
- After the interview, send a thank you note or follow-up email. This shows your appreciation for the interviewer's time and it gives you a chance to reiterate your interest and qualifications.