What does it mean to have “clammy” hands?

The first thing I do when coming out to our lobby to get a student for their QUIC interview is offer my hand up for a handshake. “Hi, I’m Audra!”

In business, a handshake can say so many things about you. The handshake needs to be firm (not death-grip firm, but firm) and with confidence and purpose.

One thing that need not be included in your handshake?? Clammy hands.

Clammy hands, also known as sweaty palms, are a common occurrence with interviewees. Their nerves get the best of them, and those nerves can manifest through hand perspiration. But don’t worry – it happens to the best of us!!!

An easy tip? Shortly before your scheduled interview time, simply (but thoroughly) wipe the backs and front of your hands on your pants. It is better to have your nervous perspiration on your own pants than on the recruiter’s hands. For obvious reasons.

Microsoft Word Resume Formatting Hacks

By Julianne Wallace, Practicum Student

Let’s face it-creating the perfect resume can be frustrating. Not just the content of the resume, which is an art form in and of itself, but also with formatting. Templates can seem like an easy fix but can become troublesome when updating the document to meet your individual needs. How many times have you tried to format your resume template in Word and felt like this?

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To help you out, because, you know, we’ve been there, here are a few Microsoft Word hacks to ease your formatting frustrations.

ADDING A LINE

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Underlining section headers can increase readability. Select the Underline Tool (Ctrl +U). Type your header, then hit tab (space bar will not work) until you reach the end of the line. Bold will increase the line’s thickness.

ADDING BULLETS IN-BETWEEN TEXT ON THE SAME LINE

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Click the space in where you want the bullet. Select the Insert tab at the top of the page.

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Select Symbol, then choose Advanced Symbol. Choose your desired the symbol. To change the size of the symbol, highlight it and change the font size.

ALIGNING DATES TO THE RIGHT

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 Type your date, then click the space before the date. Hit the Space bar until the date hits the next line, then delete one space.

DECREASING THE SPACE BETWEEN LINES

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To this…

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Highlight the area that needs line spacing reduced. On the Home tab, choose the Character Spacing tab. Choose Line Spacing Options.

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 Set your Before and After Spacing at 0pt. To further reduce line spacing, select Line Spacing: Single.

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Happy resume building!

Telling Your Story

“When I was hiking in the Appalachian mountains, I came across a wild bear. I wrestled him to the ground and saved my family. This experience taught me how to perform well under pressure.”

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^^^ WHAT?????

Simply put, people who interview well are great story tellers.  Essentially, we are telling our story when we are interviewing for a new job. Yet, most of us don’t see it this way when we are preparing for the big interview.  We think about the questions we’ll need to answer and then come up with answers to plug-in when we are asked these questions.  When we look at the questions separately and the answers we develop for these questions as separate from all the other interview questions we will be asked, we fail to prepare a theme.  In this separation we forget to set up, share and then drive home the themes as to why we are the best candidate to hire.

The best advice I have ever received about building a theme for my story was from a public speaking course I took.  The advice was, first, tell them what you’re going to tell them, then tell them about it, then wrap up by telling them what you told them. The key is the clear progress of theme for your story.  This clarity can lead to success in educating a recruiter as to why you are the candidate for the job.

Here’s how to put this idea to work with building your story for interview success.  First, think of three reasons you are great fit for the job.  For example, you are applying for a sales position and your three reasons are that you are resilient, enjoy building new relationships, and you are organized.  These three reasons are the themes for your story.  So when the recruiters says “Tell me about yourself,” make sure you tell them you are resilient, organized and enjoy meeting new people.  Then throughout the interview look for opportunities to discuss each of these ideas on who you are through a story about your experiences.  If you are asked why they should hire you, tell them you have three reasons and then share these three characteristics with a brief example to back each up.  Finally, when the interview is wrapping up remind them you are organized, enjoy building new connections, and are resilient. There you have it – you told them what you were going to tell them, you told them, and then you told them what you told them.  It would be impossible for the recruiter to walk away from your interview and not know you are resilient, organized and outgoing.  They will know your story as to why you are great fit for the sales position.

When preparing for your next interview, think big picture and develop a theme for the answers you are putting together for those typical interview questions. We all love stories and stories are how we explain who we are to others.  If you story has a set of themes, your story has a consistent and clear quality that will help people remember you for all the right reasons.  Good luck with your story – it is yours to write.

How to Stay Motivated

“Gosh, I just love being freezing cold all the time!”

~ said no one, ever.

Here in Ohio we are having our fair share of extreme temperatures. And I am one of those people whose motivation level directly correlates with the outside temperature. 75 degrees out? That means I am 75% more likely to complete a task. -11 degrees? Yeah, good luck with that.

All joking aside, it can be very difficult to stay motivated during this time of year. So, here are some ways to keep your career search inertia going:

1) Take this time to ramp up your LinkedIn presence – update your profile, take a new professional headshot, find new connections, or follow new companies. Special bonus points for following beach resorts and suntan lotion distributors.

2) Research companies you’re interested in; bookmark their job boards and follow them on LinkedIn.

3) Update your resume with your most recent work experience, activities, and newly acquired skills. Skills like snow-shoeing, bobsledding, and navigating the icy sidewalks without falling. That kind of thing.

4) Go out for fresh air. Take a walk in the cold with flip-flops on. That’ll wake you up.

5) Plan at least 3 informational interviews with contacts you would like to add to your network. Invite them for coffee. Caffeine + Warm beverage = Great conversation!!!

So these are just a few (mostly) helpful tips to keep that job search momentum going, even when you’re freezing cold. Just don’t show up to an interview in sweatpants, please.