Money & Work
5 Tips for Customizing
are the days of the bland, generic one-page
resume. Employers these days are more impressed
by a resume that is customized and they tend
to give jobs to interviewees that have a bit
of knowledge about the company...
by: Jessica Klein
By doing your research, you’re
showing initiative, which impresses potential employers.
It will also help you decide whether or not you would
feel comfortable working for the company, and would fit
in with others at the office and the overall atmosphere.
Researching the company can
also help you ace the dreaded job interview, since it
will give you an idea of what you want to communicate,
and how you can incorporate that sentiment into the company
Overall, it will decrease
stress levels because you’re already just a bit
more prepared than the average applicant. So relax…
and start your research!
Here are five tips to customizing
1- Visit the company’s
website: read past the obvious introductory pieces. Pay
special attention to the layout and design- they should
give clues as to the type of company it is. If possible,
familiarize yourself with the key players in the company.
2- Go beyond the company
site: Google the company name, and read some of the recent
news articles, annual reports or any other relevant information
you can find.
3- Seek out the competitors:
talk to anyone you know who works for one of the competitors
to find out how your potential employer is viewed in their
4- Inquire around the water
cooler: ask your friends and co-workers what they know
about the company.
5- Pick up the phone: call
the company, and ask the receptionist their views on the
company, including dress code, organization, leadership
style, and overall office atmosphere.
About The Author
Jessica Klein is a member
of the 'Mount Real Research Team', whose aim is to seek
out and distribute business information to the virtual
public. She is a freelance writer based in Montreal, Canada
who loves writing about anything from accounting to zebras.
For more info about Mount Real, visit www.mountreal.com.