Practical tips for submitting a polished application.
Reflect on your accomplishments
- Choosing to look for a job is a big decision. Now you must summarize your skills to best present yourself to your future employer. Think carefully about what you do on a day-to-day basis, and put together a list that best describes your skills, your abilities, your experiences, and any formalized training and/or education you have completed to get you where you are.
Create your resume
- Using the list you just created, write your resume. List your work experience in reverse chronological order, starting with your current position.
- Armed with your resume, set aside 45-60 minutes to apply for the job. Your online application will be Dartmouth-Hitchcock's first impression of you; taking the time to fill it out properly will be well worth it.
- Fill in all of the blanks. Read each section and answer to the best of your ability.
- Be sure to add as many entries as needed, such as in the education section. If you have an associates degree, you should click on the box marked "Associates" so you can add your school and degree information.
- Pay attention to how you format what you write. The people who view your online application see what you see. If it does not look right to you, it will not look right to them. Free text boxes give you the chance to further highlight your skills. Take this opportunity to write more than "See resume."
- Check your spelling. A great trick is to type your free text in a word processing program to ensure there are no typos or grammatical errors. Instead of character bullets, try using dashes.
- Write a cover letter. This is your opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd. Tell us who you are and why you are applying for this job.
- Review and reformat your attached resume. You are able to view your resume once you have uploaded it. Please take the time to make sure it transferred correctly. Again, we see what you see, so if your bullets turned into question marks, consider dashes or asterisks instead.
Reviewing your application
- Proofread and edit your application. Scroll back to the top of your application and re-read it to make sure it looks right and flows smoothly. Again, make sure you have filled out all of the boxes.
- Be realistic. Be sure that you meet the minimum qualifications and are able to work the shifts posted for the job to which you are applying before submitting your application.