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11 Oct

Sample Resume, Theron M. Weisz

B.S. Electrical Engineering with Computer Emphasis, North Dakota State University (ABET accredited)
Graduated in Dec. 1995.
Math/Pre-Engineering, Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND.
Jan. 1990 – May 1992.


Computer Languages: C/VC++ using MFC and Borland libraries, Assembly Language for the Motorola 68000 and 6811 series, Pascal, BASIC/VBASIC.

Computer Software: Borland Builder, MS Visual Studio 6.0, Continuus, Source Safe, CVS, LabWindows/CVI, Microsoft Office 2000.

Operating Systems: Linux (RedHat 6.0), Windows NT 4.0/2000, IBM PC (MS-DOS/Windows).


Jun 2000 – Oct 2001 Sr. Software Engineer
TestQuest, Inc., Eden Prairie/Chanhassen, MN

Use C++ in the Borland Builder IDE developing code to recognize anti-aliased font characters within bitmaps captured on graphical based test equipment.

Use C to develop firmware for test modules communicating serially to PC test equipment.

Use COM with C++ to develop code to “plug in�? module to main test suite.

Use C++ to develop DLL’s to be used within our contracting department.

Nov 1999 – Jun 2000 Software Engineer
Digi International, Minnetonka, MN

Use C and C++ to develop embedded code for firmware used on a high density modem card. This card has up to 48 modems running simultaneously and is used as a Remote Access Server.

Work with technical support and systems assurance to resolve problem issues.

June 1998 – Sept 1999 Software Engineer
Management Graphics, Inc., Bloomington, MN.

Use C++ to create new project implementing a Varware solution to print to HP ink jet printers.

Use C++ to maintain code manipulating digital image files for output to imaging devices.

Develop embedded software for the Motorola 68320 microprocessor for use in a high-resolution film recorder.

Jan. 1996 – May 1998 Design Engineer
Rosemount, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN.

Design and build hardware and complete software of functional test station for new product PCBs.

Reduce cost and simplify electronics using surface mount technology.

Maintain the functionality of test stations including software and hardware.

Engineering contact between Rosemount and Asian manufacturer.

Provided work direction for electrical technician

Support manufacturing at Rosemount plant.

Joe Bauer Resume

Joe Bauer

Led marketing creative for a Nasdaq 100 company during 400% revenue growth.

Wrote telecom marketing material in 30 million phone books.

Produced ads, collateral and user manuals for print, web, radio, direct mail and TV.

Originated internal newspaper now serving 9,000 employees.

Designed and coded the first online editions of newspaper.

Led editing of hypertext and hardcopy manuals for IBM AIX V4.0 operating system.

Wrote, edited and redesigned computer trade journals.

Wrote proprietary style manuals.


Freelance writer and producer

McLeodUSA, telecommunications company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Creative services manager
Communications editor

The Gazette daily newspaper, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Online editor
Copy editor

Century Design, contract writing firm, Austin, Texas
Lead editor
Technical writer

Publications and Communications Inc., magazine publisher, Austin, Texas
Computer trade journal editor

The Monitor daily newspaper, McAllen, TX
Assistant managing editor

Education and Training

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, The University of Iowa

Brand Asset Management seminar, American Management Association

“Seven Habits??? seminar, Covey Leadership Center

Management Training, McLeodUSA

Things TO DO During Interview

11 Oct

Carriage is important
– When you entered into the interview room, it is customary for you to greet your interviewer first.
– If possible, ask permission to be seated or usually the interviewer will invite you to take a seat.
– If you are seated and the interviewer walks in, you should get up and when the interviewer sits, then you can only seat.
– If you have came late for the interview, apologize to the interviewer for being late.

The questions
– During the course of the interview, listen carefully and ask if you need further clarification.
– The interviewee should answer the question to the best he or she could.
– The interviewee should also ask any inquiries he or she wants to know about the job as well as the company.

Introduce yourself in a courteous manner with a firm handshake.

Listen to what is being said, make notes and ask questions later.

Use body language to show interest – sit up and make frequent eye contact.

Smile, nod, give non-verbal feedback to the interviewer to show you’re keen.

Show an interest in and ask questions about ongoing projects the successful candidate will be handling.

Ask only the relevant questions. Your pre-interview research would have answered the rest. Use your interviewer’s time wisely and to your advantage.

Ask about the next step in the process.

Ask the interviewer what qualities he sees in you as being value-add factors to the hire. And what you could have done better (if you’re not getting the job, you may as well know why).

· 3, Treat everyone you come in contact with at the company as if they have authority to hire you (in fact, they might have, you never know.) It isn’t rare for the hiring authority to ask the receptionist/secretary after the interview has been concluded how friendly the potential employee was while waiting for the interview.

· 4, Make and maintain good eye contact.

· 5, If you are nervous, feel free to say so. Say something like: “I find myself very nervous because I’m very interested in your organization.??? Acknowledging your nervousness and anxiety often reduces it and interviewers are usually very understanding. (Remember, it has been known that people hire people who they feel comfortable with. So, make yourself as comfortable as possible!)

· 6, Ask questions, don’t just sit there waiting to be interrogated. You have just as much right to find out everything about the company as they have finding out about you. Sample questions: “In your opinion, what are the most relevant abilities for this job???? “Would you describe the long-term goals of the company???? “Is there anything from my previous experiences that you would like me to elaborate on????

· 7, Make sure you indicate that you want the job! One of the top 10 reasons why a person doesn’t get hired is the lack of enthusiasm and interest in both the company and the particular position.

Be sure to look the interviewer in the eye when greeting him/her. Shake hands in a firm but not overbearing manner.
Unless the interviewer immediately takes the lead, you may want to say something to establish rapport and break the ice. Comments on a picture or a piece of office furniture, the weather, a current well-known community or sports event can all be appropriate. You can also mention a mutual friend or acquaintance.
When answering a question, be sure to maintain eye contact with the person to whom you are speaking. This is important, as it is indicative of both sincerity and commitment on your part. If you’re being interviewed by more than one person, concentrate primarily on the one who asked you the question, but also look at all of the others, each for a few seconds.
Keep in mind that every interview is a sales situation with you as the seller and the employer as the prospect. You think you fit this position? Fine, but so does every other applicant. You are not selling yourself so much as your ability to do a good job based on a combination of your specific skills, talent, aptitudes, experience, intelligence, character, work ethic, reputation, personality, academic achievements and possibly other factors as well. It is important not to come across as anxious or desperate. Realize you have significant skills and other specific attributes that are of value, whether to the company with which you are now interviewing or another company.
As those who have had sales training know, the seller should assume the sale. When you are discussing what you would do in the job, speak as if you know you are the one who is going to get the position.
Nearly every hiring situation has to do with the employer’s need to solve a problem. Find out why the position is vacant and what are the main problems that the employer needs you to solve. You may ask how and why the position became open. Explain how you will solve the problems and how and why you will do a better job than the former occupant of the position.
You will be asked a number of questions. You may be asked to describe your weaknesses as well as your strengths. We all have weaknesses. However, your weaknesses ought not to reflect on your ability to do an effective job. For example, a terrific sales professional may be weak at handling paperwork. A gifted artist may be a poor public speaker. A capable writer may be poor with numbers, but a bank employee should not be. You may be ask why you left previous positions and what former employers liked and disliked about you. Again, whatever they disliked should be irrelevant to your ability to do a good job for the company.
Not every employer is a great interviewer. Do not depend on the interviewer to bring up all the issues that are significant to you and your ability to demonstrate what you have to offer. Here are some questions you may need to ask:
What are the main responsibilities for the person in this position?
What are the key attributes you are looking for?
What are the primary results you want me to produce?
What do you consider ideal experience?
What else can I tell you to help you evaluate my background?

In other words, you have to know what the employer’s needs are before you are able to demonstrate that you can fully meet and hopefully even exceed those needs.

What are the questions to ask?

Only ask the questions if they will turn the conversation in the direction you want . Suppose you have a major strength you believe might be relevant to the job but you have not discussed it. An elementary school teacher could ask, for example, if he or she would have the opportunity to utilize his or her musical ability they happen to have. A young attorney could point to his strong computer skills, etc. It is important to bring up anything that might give you an edgeand would make the employers that think they would be getting more for their money if they hired you.
Be sure to show the interviewer tangible proof of your ability.
Besides questions intended to enable you to emphasize your strengths and what you have to offer, there are questions you can ask that serve to show both knowledge of the position and an interest in it. Here are some examples:
Questions about the specific nature of the business. For example, if it’s a law firm: What type or types of law do you specialize in?
To whom will I report to?
Why did this position become vacant?
Are there any specific problems you would need me to solve? (Then explain how you can solve them.)
What changes do you foresee for this company (or department) in the near future?
Can you share some insight regarding the company’s long-range plans and goals?
Would you be willing to try me out on a freelance basis? (Ask this only if you don’t think they’re going to offer you a regular position.)
When would it be ideal for me to start?
Have your list of references at hand in case you are asked for them but donot be the one to bring up the subject. Many companies do not check references until they have made someone a job offer.
Be confident. Present yourself as competent, capable and very professional, but at the same time, NON-THREATENING. Often people are concerned about hiring the wrong person for many reasons. One of the reason is that they perceive someone to be a potential threat to them in their present position. The last thing that most employersseek is a person who will “rock the boat.??? Too often job applicants feel they need to come across as eager, ambitious “hot shots???. It is fine if you are applying for a job in sales and all that drive and zeal are going to be directed at customers and potential customers .To give the impression that you are out to “take over??? when you are being hired for a supportive position is usually a big turn-off. If you are being considered for a managerial or executive position, it is another matter. Even then, some caution is advised as it is important to fit into the existing corporate culture. A quiet, self-controlled inner confidence is indicative of a consummate professional. Keep in mind that people who appear non-threatening but are effective, capable professionals tend to be the ones who are frequently promoted within an organization.

The close of the interview

Effective salespeople try to close every deal as quickly as possible. They frequently employ “trial closes??? to see if it is time to clinch the deal. Job interviews are usually more complex in this regard. The employer may have set up a two-stage or three-stage interview process involving multiple candidates, which would preclude a final close on the first interview. However, if the interview is a result of an unsolicited “cold??? proposal letter you sent to a company, you may be the only one being interviewed and an attempt to close would be in order. Here is a trial close that would be effective in various circumstances:

“I’m very much interested in the position, Ms. Jones, as it is precisely what I would like to do career-wise. I just need to ask you, based on where we currently stand, is there anything in my resumé or anything we have talked about today that might indicate to you that I would not be ideal for this position????

If she says there is, then you have just gotten an important opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding that could cost you the position. If she says there is not, it indicates you are either the frontrunner or at least a serious contender for the job. You can then ask, “Where do we go from here????
At the end of the interview thank the interviewers for their time and indicate that you look forward to being in touch.

Sources : Anna Murphy,,