You have decided that it’s time to move on with your career, or you just lost your job, and you think to yourself what do it do. In order to help focus you we have below steps that need to be taken to get you in a position to get the offer for the job you want.
1. Have your resume ready to go!
It needs to be updated, and most of all make sure it’s accurate with dates and overall information. Have several trusted people read it paying strict attention to grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Simple things, but many times overlooked. Remember a basic rule of thumb; “The devil is in the details”. I am still amazed by how many people overlook the basics.
2. Make connections!
Whether you connect with Headhunters, contacts, or Linkedin, make connections. The degree is based on your urgency, and your own situation. If you are unemployed you must contact everyone, if you are still working you would want to be more discreet. Whatever you do, just use common sense.
3. Hats and spats!
You are going to market yourself, get yourself out there. There is only so much you can do. But, you have to do your best. The best in regards to your clothes, shoes, and hair. Fortunately or unfortunately, employers make quick judgments as soon as they lay eyes on you, so please put your best foot forward. Make the best impression you can. It cannot hurt and will only help.
4. Prepare, prepare, prepare!
In this day and age it is very easy to prepare for an interview. As a matter of fact, it may be too easy. The internet, especially LinkedIn has made the preparation process very painless. When you have an interview coming up, take the time to go to the internet to thoroughly research the company and the individual or individuals you will be meeting with. Knowing everything you can in regards to the company, the person, or the culture can only help, and it impresses the employer. In addition, prepare questions. Write them out, take them on an interview. It will help focus you.
5. Be yourself!
Employers want to know who you are. Do not try to be anything other than the person they see in front of them. But, it does not hurt to watch the basics. Pay attention to your handshake, body language, and most of all, your grammar. Resist the urge to get too comfortable, and use slang or vulgar language. Employers pay attention to those things. They see it as a reflection on how you will represent them with either customers, or people with the company. Trust me, Employers are observant.
When the interview is over, please send a thank-you note. Thank the employer for their time, and confirm you level of interest. But, like with all correspondence, check your spelling and grammar. The best thank you notes are generally those that are short, sweet, and to the point.
There is a lot of advice out there. Everyone is an expert, and has an opinion, but we hope the 6 points we discussed above may help, and get you thinking. For more tips and tricks and help interviewing, take a look at the rest of our blog, our Youtube Channel and our podcast, Job Talk. Good luck, and happy hunting!