- LMC Resume Templates
These are sample templates you are welcome to use to download and use as you draft your resume. Feel free to modify format to fit your needs! For a personalized review of your resume, make an appointment with a career counselor at Transfer and Career Services.
|Resume 1-Experienced Professional||Resume 2-New Professional||Resume 3-Functional Format|
|Cover Letter Format 1||Cover Letter Format 2|
- Resume and Cover Letter Guidelines Packet - This document provides information on resume and cover letter content and writing guidelines. It includes a list of action verbs, sample bullet points for a few common jobs, and examples. Use in conjunction with the resume template above.
- Resume Companion for LMC (recommended): Create your own account (free to students with an Insite email account), choose from many resume designs, and get pre-written job descriptions created by resume professionals. You can save multiple versions and export to email, PDF or Word. Also provides cover letter templates.
- ResumeGuide - A helpful resource that provides over 250 free templates and in depth guides.
- ResumeBuilder - A resource that makes it easy to build organized professional resumes.
- Coverletters.com This site provides a wide variety of samples from entry level to executive careers.
- Ultimate Guide to Writing Cover Letters
How to Prepare
- Know Yourself – Know your resume; Know the position; Know the organization
- Research career fields usingresources on the Career Services and LMC Library websites www.losmedanos.edu/studentservices/career/; losmedanos.libguides.com/c.php?g=70718&p=2519114
- Talk with personal contacts and your extended network. Get the “insider scoop” on what the job is really like.
Prepare for Questions
- Use the STAR(situation/task, action, and result) model to help craft your answers to “tell me about….” questions
- Situation/Task - describe a task or project for which you had responsibility
- Action - talk about the approach you took to deal with the situation
- Result - discuss the outcome of your action, making sure to mention accomplishments or improvements resulting from your efforts
- Don't assume that the interviewer has read your resume in depth – unless you say it, they may not know it
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why are you interested in this job?
- What are you professional goals now and in 5 years?
- What are your strengths?
- What is a weakness you are working on about yourself?
- How would a past supervisor or teacher describe you?
- What from your experiences or background would help you succeed in this role?
- What one characteristic/skills and qualities do you possess that would make you stand out from other candidates?
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
- Describe a time you worked on a successful team project. What was your role? What was the outcome?
- Tell me about a mistake you made. What did you learn from it?
- Describe a frustrating experience you've encountered and tell me how you dealt with it.
- Tell me about a time you had to persuade a person or group.
- Do you have any questions for me (us – if group interview)?
- Set up an appointment with a Career Counselor - call the Transfer & Career Services Front Desk, 925-473-7444
- Have a friend play the part of the interviewer to enable you to practice your responses; ask for constructive criticism
- Arrive early - Ten to fifteen minutes can provide you with a cushion should some unforeseen problem occur
- Bring along extra copies of your resume
- Maintain eye contact - Unwillingness to look someone in the eye is often taken as evasiveness
- Stalling when you’re stumped - Ask for clarification; Repeat the question out loud; Pause and think about it (letting the interviewer know you’re doing so)
- Ask questions at the end if possible! Shows enthusiasm for the job.
After the Interview
- Write down as much as you can remember (questions, how you answered, who you talked to, etc.)
- Send a thank you note! Can be emailed.
Phone Interview Tips
Phone interviews are typically "screening" tools in which organizations interview a large selection of candidates, checking to see who possesses the necessary skills and qualities. Upon completion of the phone interview, a smaller number of candidates will be invited to participate in in-person interviews.
- Be prepared for employers to call at anytime (ie. early morning)
- Can reschedule for another time, if initial call is bad timing (ie. going to class, meeting, etc.)
- Have a list of employers to whom you have applied in an easily accessible location
- Have your resume and any other helpful notes/accomplishments in front of you during the interview
- Use your voice to show enthusiasm (and any other emotion you might express through non-verbals). Smile, it actually changes the tone of your voice!
- Project your voice clearly and enunciate. Stand if you feel it would be helpful for voice projection or nerves
- Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you did not hear it or if you need clarification
- Remember to use the STAR method when answering questions so your responses will be detailed and effective without monopolizing the conversation
- Make sure that your environment is quiet and free of distractions
- Disable or ignore call waiting
- Establish how to reconnect if using a cell phone and the call is dropped
- Dress up if that helps with your mental preparation
- Have a pen and paper handy for note taking
- Keep a glass of water handy, in case your mouth becomes dry
- Read your resume or other information verbatim
- Eat, drink, or chew gum
- Yawn into the phone
- Walk around the room with the phone
- Put the employer on hold, unless it’s an emergency
Technical Interview Preparation
Python Coding Interviews
- LinkedIn Online networking site that can help you be more effective in your daily work and open doors to opportunities using the professional relationships you already have. LinkedIn is an online network of more than 16 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. Need help building your profile? Use this LinkedIn Profile Checklist and feel free to set up an appointment with a Career Counselor to review your profile.
- College Central Network Services Targeted on-campus and off-campus job listings for LMC students!!. Current LMC students and alumni may create an account and search campus and off-site job openings. Students and employers must create an account, which is then approved by Employment Services.