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How I Create My Resume//How I Prepare for Interviews

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Joined: 11/16/2013

I didn't think much of it, but realized that most people probably don't prep like I do, and that the way I prep is most likely a massive improvement on what most people are doing. 

Step One: 

Draft Resume

Structure: I have a resume template that is extremely professional that I've been using for a long time now. It works well, and all of the following steps are done, obviosuly just within this template. I may be able to upload the template to the site - still decidding if I want to do that

First Step: So, when drafting my resume, I start out by doing a super fast, "Initial Draft". I basically put down everything I've done for each role I've held. I do this quickly because I don't want to judge anything yet. I just want to vomit everything. What I end up with are just a ton of bullet-points for each role I've had. 

Next step is to refine that down. I look at each bullet-point and just make sure that's something I actually did, as well as whether I'm putting it in the best light possible, without stretching TOO far. Also, make sure that every bullet-point starts with an action word, "Managed", "Created", "Sold", "Masturbated" - don't have bullet points that look like this: "I created 5 dick picks", instead you'd want it to just be, "Developed 5 dick picks, resulting in six people jerking off'

Next step: So, after I spend a couple days really refining everything down, and making my resume as "tight" as possible, I do one final step that takes a long time, but is INCREDIBLY valuable. possibly the most valuable thing I do with my resume. 

I take each bullet-point that I have listed, and I go into word and ltierally write out an entire story around it. I write down exactly what I did, what I accomplished, HOW I did it etc... The idea here is that depending on how intense your interview process is, the interviewer is going to dig extremely deep into every single bullet-point on your resume. There could be 5-10 rounds of interviews, and at each stage you're going to be dealing with a different person who might have a slightly different focus. You cannot have a single thing on your resume that you can't backup, and go into intricate detail about. The better the organization, the more they will dig into the experience on your resume beacuse they want to catch the bullshitters. They are aware that people embellish//exaggerate and even sometimes lie on their resumes. The goal of digging like this is to catch all of this, as well as to have a very firm idea of what you actually did at your last job. 

So, by writing out an entire story (literally I have 0.5-1.5 types pages for every single bullet-point) for each of these, you're ensuring that you can backup every single thing on your resume, and by writing out each story, you're going to already be preparing yourself for the interview because you'll know what to say when asked about everything. So, not only are you ensuring that you, infact, have everything.. but you're also preparing yourself to know what it is you actually have.

Next Step: The next step is to know exactly which cmopanies you are going to be applying for - do your research and figure out what you're interested in. 

Next Step: Once you know which companies you're interested in, use sites like "glassdoor" to do your research into the interview processes at every single one of those copmanies you want to apply to. You'll be able to see actual interview questions that they've asked previous candidates. Using this information, as well as anything else you can figure out, create a list of 10-20 questions that you'd expect to have to answer on any given interview for the role//type of role you're applying for. You're going to want to then spend a day or two writing out full-on answers to every single one of these questions. Then you're going to want to go back and revise them, make them more concise etc. 

NOTE: The poitn here is not to be "memorizing" any of this. The point is that through the process of doing all of this work (Yes, it is all going to take you MUCH MUCH longer than you think it should, or expect it to) you won't have to memorize anything. You're going to be putting in the work to really make these answers good, and as a result, you'll naturally know them well enough where you can talk about all of it in the interview without sounding rehearsed or like you're reading off of a script, but also simaltaneously getting across each major point without rambling

Next Step: If your'e appliyng for a sales role, put together a list of all the clients you've landed. Then, you're going to want to put together 2-3 "case studies". This is basically where you take a client you've closed and then tell the entire story of how it happened. You want to focus on the process//communication//strategy//thought process behind it. Basically you're going to want to take 2-3 lays and write-up SUPER SUPER detaield lay reports. This is because in any interview they are goign to ask for this, so just be prepared and have done it before so you're not having to think of the details on the spot

Next Step: Create a one-pager for each case study that you drafted from the above step. this is most critical for when you're doing the in-person interview because they are going to ask for an example of a client you've landed, and if you can answer the question, while also providing them with a one-pager for them to refer to while you answer the question, it just shows you are INSANELY prepared, did your research, anticipated this being a questino they would ask, and went above and beyond in your preparation for the interview.