Resume and Video Interviewing Tips
Once you've targeted that right opportunity, but before you submit that resume online, there are a couple of things you need to try. Check with your network and make sure that there isn't, in fact, someone who could make that personal introduction or recommendation for you. Use LinkedIn to connect with people within Cigna as well.
There are many things that you can do to make your resume more impactful. Learn about how to best prepare your resume as you explore a new opportunity with Cigna.
- Make sure your resume is completely up to date, specifically your contact information and your preference for communication (email or phone). Also, proofread your resume for typos and errors. Ensure that your professional summary is customized with keywords that closely match the particular job. Before sending your resume, have at least one person you trust review it so that it can have a better chance of catching the eyes of the employer. It is best to have a second set of eyes review your resume.
- Avoid graphics and logos on your resume and use a basic, but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Times New Roman in a font size between 10 and 12.
- Resumes should be targeted towards the job description to ensure that it includes the relevant keywords and qualifications. Make sure your job experience and summary are easy to read. Be sure to focus on the aspects of your background that match the requirements of the job you are applying for. If appropriate, convey how your skills might be applied in new or different ways or for a different type of job than you’ve had in the past.
- If you are applying for a specific position, be sure to highlight experience or accomplishments that make you qualified—or even more qualified than another applicant. For example, if you’ve worked with a particular technology the job requires be sure to mention it.
- How did you make the difference? Don’t just state your job duties; discuss how you approached them and what you accomplished.
- Highlight your progression- Whether it’s in school, leadership roles, or your work, demonstrate how your experience has helped you grow. Mention promotions or skills as applicable.
- Include projects you have worked on and/or those that you have been a part of.
- By including all of your experience, competencies and skills, you increase the likelihood of incorporating applicable keywords. Include all relevant experience rather than cutting things to make your resume fit on one page. Be sure your summaries are succinct and your most important information appears on the first page.
Video Interview Tips
At Cigna, we leverage video interviewing technology across the globe to improve candidate experience by providing you with the opportunity to meet with our hiring managers and leaders face to face from any location and on any mobile device. It is important that we are able to educate our candidates about our culture using video technology. Below please find tips that can you help you prepare for a video interview at Cigna.
- Practice. Most importantly, practice and critique yourself using some type of digital video. It is important to record yourself practicing responses and play them back so you can evaluate your speaking (volume and pace) and demeanor (distracting hand signals) and improve your presence on camera. This also helps instill some confidence!
- Choose your background wisely. Cleanliness, organization and lighting are all important things to take into consideration when choosing a background. Think about what your background says about you and if it’s really what you want to portray to Cigna.
- Location matters. Choose a location wisely. The most important things to consider are a strong internet connection and a quiet, distraction-free space. You want to minimize noise and guest appearances from friends, family and pets.
- Dress professionally. Take the extra step to dress up and look the part of an interview. Not only will this demonstrate that you are serious about the position and went the extra step to appear professional, but also will make you feel more confident during the video interview.
- Be authentic. Don’t be afraid to show emotion and enthusiasm in your interview, but don’t force it just for the camera. Be authentic in your communication, just as if you were speaking with Cigna in real life. Like we mentioned before, practice in front of the camera first, and see how you come across to others.
- Timeliness. If it is a live video interview, make sure you begin set up early. This gives you some leeway in case you have trouble logging in, and arriving early shows your anticipation and seriousness toward the job.
- Make good eye contact. Making eye contact is slightly different through a webcam than it is in person, but equally important. Be sure to look directly into the webcam when speaking, and do not read text directly from a computer screen because the interviewer will likely be able to tell and it is less authentic.
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