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Considering a journey toward a new career? We’ve got everything you need to get started right here.

Interview & Resume Tips

So, you really want to send in a resume and cover letter, and you’re hoping for an interview? Great! We’d like to help.

We’ve put together some resume and cover letter tips that will help your application get our full attention!

If you’re already thinking positively and you want to know more about our interviewing process, check out our interview tips. If you do get that hoped-for interview, you’ll be as prepared as you can be.

If you’re looking for a new job, chances are, you’ve got a number of questions about how the interview process works.
If that’s the case, then be sure to check out our responses to our applicants’ most frequently asked questions.

Important tips for job seekers:

Interview & Resume Tips – Write a Resume

Your Resume

Before you apply for a position (with us or with any employer) make a small but important investment in your future - take the time to write a resume that clearly and effectively communicates what you have to offer to prospective employers.

Need some help? We’re happy to share a few tips on preparing an effective resume:

Keep in mind that a resume should let an employer know who you are – your education, experience, skills, abilities and achievements. Think of it as a written sales presentation about you! It’s intended to quickly give employers a sense of your skills – and to share the story of where you’ve been and where you’re going. Hiring professionals use your resumé to determine how your background compares with the needs of the job they’re filling, as well as what strengths you have to offer compared with other candidates.

Your resumé should be organized and easy to read and understand. Above all, grammar and spelling should be perfect!
Below is a sample resumé.

Elements to Include in Your Resumé

Personal Data

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
Employment Objective

An optional statement indicating what position you are seeking and how your background suits that position.

Work Experience

List your current position first and work back in time. Include:

  • Job title
  • Employer
  • Dates of employment (month and year)
  • Description of your duties and responsibilities
  • Professional achievements
Education

List your formal education, including degrees and certificates. Also be sure to list any courses you’ve taken since leaving school that are related to the position you’re seeking.

Skills
  • Typing/keyboard words per minute
  • Knowledge of equipment operation (Can you drive a forklift? Pilot a helicopter? Or most complex of all, un-jam a copier?)
  • Software proficiencies, especially those related to the job you’re seeking
Professional Affiliations & Achievements
  • Memberships in professional organizations
  • Job-related extracurricular activities
  • Job-related certifications
  • Volunteer work and activities related to the position you’re seeking

Here’s an example of a resumé format you might consider:

Terry B. Smith
1313 Mockingbird Ln.
Your Town, Ohio 45769
(740) 242-4100

Career Objective: Sales - Agent in house

Professional Experience
08/2003 - Present Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Claims
Allstate Insurance Co., Hudson, Ohio
Description of the position, including job skills and knowledge, actions and results.
   
06/2008 - 08/2003 Secretary to Sales Manager
Blardy Company, Eden Prairie, Wisconson
Description of the position, including job skills and knowledge, actions and results.
   
02/2000 - 06/2008 Clerk Typist
W.T. Rogers, Inc., Saint Joseph, Missouri
Description of the position, including job skills and knowledge, actions and results.
   
Education  
 

Continuing Education:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Advanced Microsoft Access
  • Speaking to Persuade
  • Customer Service Skills
   
  Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin
Associate Degree - Office Mid-Management
   
Skills Microsoft Office Suite
Microsoft Visio & Project
Microsoft Video production
Classes in Advanced sales
Accounting classes - H&R Block
   
  Words Per Minute: 95
   
Professional Affiliations & Achievements
1995 - Present Member, National Association of Administrative Assistants
   
1990 - Present Member, Optimist Club
Actively involved with many community projects.

Please add your last employer(s) for referral.


Please remember that this resumé format is only an example of a style you might use. There are many others and you may choose any that you like!

You should also know that we, like many employers, strongly prefers to receive resumés electronically rather than in paper form. This can actually save you time and money as well – no need to spend hours formatting your resumé and no need to spend your hard-earned cash getting it printed and mailed! Just be sure it’s clear, concise, truthful and accurate (and don’t forget to spell-check!).

Interview Do’s & Don’ts

We all know the importance of making a positive impression – and that’s never more important than during a job interview! A little preparation and homework in advance can help reduce the stress of an interview and give you a game plan for success. Here are some tips to help you prepare for an interview with American Family Insurance.

 Interview Do’s

 

How to Prepare
  • Know yourself – your goals, your skills and your plans.
  • Know your resumé and be prepared to discuss your past experiences in detail. Spend some time before the interview recalling your past accomplishments and contributions.
  • Take some time to recall relevant work experiences so you’re prepared to talk about them.
  • Come prepared with a list of any questions you have about the position and our company.
  • Dress professionally but keep in mind our office attire is business casual. Suits are not required!
  • Practice, practice, practice! Review the information on your resumé and recall as many professional experiences as you can – projects you’ve led or been a part of, contributions you’ve made, successes and achievements of which you’re especially proud. Be prepared to discuss specific work situations, including actions you took and the end results of those actions. Think of the interview as your chance to tell us stories about your work experiences.
  • Arrive on time for your interview. Make sure that if you don’t know the way you call ahead and get directions ahead of time.

 




How to Interview
  • Relax! We consider you to be a guest with us, and you’re not the only one who wants to make a good impression – we do too!
  • Show enthusiasm and interest.
  • Use good eye contact.
  • Be specific when answering your questions. Provide specific, not vague or hypothetical information.
  • Show confidence in your abilities.
  • Listen attentively.
  • Be honest and straightforward – if you can’t think of a good example or answer it’s better to say that than to provide a vague, rambling response.

 

Interview Don'ts

 

How Not to Prepare
  • Don’t apply for a job without first considering your experiences as they relate to the qualifications for the job.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to think about what you’ll want to say.
  • Dress for the job - put your best clothes on.
How Not to Interview
  • Don’t ramble on aimlessly. Unnecessary details can take up a lot of valuable interview time and make you appear unfocused.
  • Don’t come across as unprepared or lacking in ambition. Don’t rush your answers just to avoid awkward silences.
  • Don’t be negative – about yourself, our company, or any past employers.

Now - If you are really serious about a career in Insurance Call 740-992-6677 Ask for Carol and schedule an interview.

Bill Quickel's - Insurance Plus Agencies Inc.  114 Court Street, Pomeroy, Ohio 45769

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