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September is national update your resume month. To help put your resume ahead of the pack, check the links below for advice on building your resume as well as brushing up on your interviewing skills.

Writing a job-winning resume is the goal but knowing how to do it can be a bit tricky. Your best bet is to do the research before any mistakes are made. Career Perfect has great information and can give you a step-by-step guide to building your resume. They also have links to professionals that can do the writing for you.

About.com also has advice and samples of resumes to guide you.

Microsoft Word has several templates available to assist you in drafting your resume.

Once your resume is ready it is time to get ready for interviews. Scheduled a couple of your first interviews at jobs that you are not too worried about obtaining so you can practice.

Most Difficult Interview Questions from Monster.com:

1. What is your biggest weakness?

The interviewer wants you to hand him a valid reason to reject you. So don’t do that! Instead, turn this negative question around so your confessed weakness can be perceived as a strength. Dr. Thomas J. Denham, a career counselor at Careers in Transition LLC in Colonie, New York, told Monster.com that he recommends this response: “I have a tendency to say yes and get overcommitted, but I am working hard to prioritize and set limits.” No matter what question you are asked, make sure the interview stays focused on your strengths — and not your weaknesses.

2. What salary do you think you deserve?

Never state a number. This is a lose-lose proposition for you. If you throw out a figure, it could be far less than the company had planned to offer you. On the other hand, it could be so high, it’s an excuse to show you the door. Always let the employer be the first to offer a salary range. Once you have that information, if you are asked for a salary expectation, give a number that is higher than the median of the range. Sage advice from Denham: Never talk salary in the first interview.

3. Why should I hire you?

Cite three or four examples from your resume that make you look outstanding. These examples should show that you are a hard worker, who will accomplish great things. Use your past performance as a predictor of your future performance.

4. What didn’t you like about your last job?

This is a question aimed at discerning weaknesses, so don’t fall for it. Instead of trash-talking the boss, complaining about the hours or grousing about the quantity of work, Denham advises you to say you left because your responsibilities were not enough of a challenge.

5. Where do you see yourself in three to five years?

The worst answer? You have no clue. Instead, Denham advises you to say you have spent time doing self-assessment to discern what you want from life and have determined you want to make a commitment to a career and build it at this company.

If you need help to locate jobs in the Texarkana market visit these websites:

Career Builder

Indeed

Employment Guide

Monster

Snag a Job

Regional Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Texarkana Gazette

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