Top Ten Job Seeking Tips
- Always cast a wide net.
- If you build it, they will come. (Instead of simply posting your resume on a website, take it one step further and design a physical portfolio, website, or online portfolio. This makes you stand out more than other candidates very quickly if it is done professionally).
- Always have more than one person read and edit your resume and cover letter!
- Always follow-up with professional phone calls and emails that effectively communicate your interest in a position without being too demanding.
- Always be patient, the hiring managers are busy and will normally always get back to you.
- If you are not getting a good response from your resume, likely something is wrong and you may wish to consult a job coach or mentor.
- Informational meetings can and do lead to job offers.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for advice for what you want.
- Do decide specifically what position you want; people that know what they wish to do always get the job. Even if you are not sure, pick something.
- Volunteering where you want to work is the fastest way to get hired there.
Keys to a Successful Interview
I. 30% of successfully interviewing is all about your enthusiasm, excitement, and energy.
- So, smile.
- Relax, but stay alert.
- Stay positive (no one likes negativity).
- Use eye contact.
- Be yourself.
- Always represent yourself honestly.
- Sit up straight.
- Ask questions about the position, company, and the interviewer. (Get them talking about themselves and listen).
- NEVER ask questions about salary, commission, bonuses, vacations, or anything else the company can do for you. Wait until you’ve gotten the job offer.
- Never get too comfortable. Remain professional and on guard. This is a main reason why many people do not excel in final interviews.
II. 30% of the interview is about showing that you have the skills and desire to conduct the responsibilities of the position.
- So, offer specific examples of prior work, projects, and/or duties that relate to each question that is asked of you.
- Do not offer general sweeping answers without specific examples.
- Always use examples of responsibilities that relate to the employer area of expertise and the position you are applying for.
III. 30% of the interview is selling yourself.
- So, describe your skills.
- Communicate your passions that relate to the position you are interviewing for.
- Show them that you can get along with others and that you can address questions in an organized fashion.
- Always make sure to have a personality and be excited, but never be too loud or so overpowering/dominating that you lead the discussion process.
IV. 10%+ of the interview is the close.
The interview is a sales call; you are the product.
- So, ask questions.
- Overcome objections.
- Tell them your interest level, availability, and why you are a superior candidate.
- And this is the hardest part, have fun! Candidates that enjoy the meeting get the job.