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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should a resume be?

We recommend that your resume be no longer than 1 page. Research indicates that the typical hiring manager takes about sixty seconds reading a resume before deciding whether or not to interview an applicant. Longer resumes are difficult to skim and are generally less effective at getting you hired.

Should I tell the hiring manager that I hired a resume writer, job interview coach, or career counselor?

Professional interview coaching, resume writing, and career counseling are your secret weapon. You shouldn’t mention in your interview (or to anyone at the company) that you hired a professional. If they specifically ask you, you can mention you “got help” but don’t elaborate. You want your future employer to think that you’re just a very articulate and well-prepared person who wrote a great resume for themselves.

Do I really need a cover letter?

Studies have shown that about 35% of companies will discard a resume that does not include a cover letter and 85% of companies prefer resumes with cover letters. Job applicants who send out a cover letter with their resume generally get a job 2 or 3 weeks faster and have a higher success rate in getting a job. Your cover letter is important for the success of your job search and we strongly suggest you have one.

Do I really need a thank you letter?

It is standard procedure in business to send a thank you note after an interview. Scientific studies have shown that sending a thank you letter improves your chances of getting a job offer by 3%. Hiring managers are busy people who are remarkably forgetful. The day after an interview, they may not remember what you said, but they will remember that you sent a thank you letter expressing interest in the position. The fact that you sent a thank you letter will help your application.

SOS Career serves job applicants in which industries?

The SOS Career Service has helped job applicants in many industries, including:

  • Information Technology, Computers and Engineering
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Marketing, Sales and Communications
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources and Counseling
  • Administration and Secretarial
  • And many, many, more!

We have also helped applicants interviewing for graduate and professional school but that requires extra preparation. Please call us at 1-800-212-2670 to find out more.

What is a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)? How can I prepare for one?

Multiple Mini Interview is a relatively new interview technique frequently used in medical school admissions and investment banking. The technique was pioneered at McMaster University but is now used at other schools and businesses. This interview style uses many short independent assessments, normally in a timed circuit, to get an aggregate score of each candidate’s soft skills.

We have experience helping applicants to prepare for MMI interviews through interview coaching.
Please call us at 1-800-212-2670 to find out more.

What types of clients has SOS Career Service helped in the past?

Interview SOS career coaches have helped applicants with many different backgrounds get jobs. Past clients have included:

  • Experienced professionals seeking new employment opportunities in their field
  • Career changers entering a new field in midlife
  • Recent high school and college graduates seeking a first job
  • Former retirees and housewives reentering the job market
  • Unemployed workers trying to improve their chances of getting a job

We also have some experience helping candidates with special situations such as:

  • Shyness
  • Anxiety
  • English as a Second Language

What happened to Cheryl?

Cheryl is on maternity leave; we don’t want to take her away from her family. Vijay Ingam is filling in for her clients until she returns. Cheryl still does proofreading and editing for resumes and cover letters and has promised to return soon.

How will I receive my resume, cover letter or thank you letter?

You will receive these documents as a word document (*.docx) attachment sent to the email address you provided us.

 

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