Tips for Job Seekers
When applying for a job:
- Make sure your resume has a professional appearance and is thoroughly reviewed. Typos are not uncommon!
- NEVER just send a resume without a cover letter. Think of an employer opening an email from you like handing a resume to them in person, (yet clearly more impersonal). Do you just hand it to them and say absolutely nothing? It is unprofessional to offer no introduction with your resume. If you give the impression that you are just clicking the mouse sending out resumes don’t expect a favorable response.
- Even with a cover letter, a resume must stand alone. Do not assume that whoever reads your resume will read your cover letter as it circulates through an office.
- Don’t talk about what you don’t know in a cover letter, and avoid the same in an interview whenever possible. Be confident and never mislead anyone, but don’t offer what you may be lacking for skills unless asked.
- Never make negative assumptions about your candidacy, such as:
– Better people are applying.
– They only want the ‘perfect candidate’.
– I doubt they’ll even read my resume.
Bring out a very positive, confident personality in your cover letter and you may just get a call before the person who looks a little better on paper but submits themselves less professionally.
When interviewing for a job:
- Get in the right frame of mind! You need to portray a totally positive, can-do attitude. Never show any job search discouragement or skepticism.
- You must be a good listener and let the interviewer lead the discussion. Avoid talking about details they don’t ask for.
- Two things not to do at an interview:
- Don’t just give ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers where the interviewer has to drag information out of you.
- Don’t talk too much. This is often a huge problem for people and it will kill you if the interviewer is busy and needs to get through the interview. Stay on target!
- At the end of an interview it is important that you tell the interviewer that you are indeed interested in the job and you look forward to speaking with them further. Leave no doubt.
- Additionally, LISTEN to this audio presentation for a great closing tactic at an interview. This advice can make a big difference in your success.
How to work best with a recruiter:
- Just like applying for a job; always send a well-written cover letter with your resume.
- Be sure to provide candid details of your work history and skills.
- Make sure he/she understands your career objectives.
- Be positive and hopeful. Their reputation is on the line when they submit you to a client. They want to show their clients positive, confident candidates.
- Be responsive. Timing can be critical and they’ll need to hear back from you quickly if a client is interested in you. Also, stay in contact with your recruiter.