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Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 by Kelsey Saha
Looking for a new job can be very stressful. Whether you were just laid off, moving across the country, or just looking for a career change. We have all been there and I know we all needed some guidance on what to wear, how to act, what should we bring up, etc.
First up, your resume. Resumes are a very important part of looking for a new job. It is the first thing the employer looks at. It is essentially your first impression on the employer. Make sure you are 100% accurate on dates of employment. If there is a gap in your employment history, feel free to put the reason in your resume. They would rather see a reason why you were not working as opposed to just seeing you had a 2-month gap. List at least 3 professional references (name and current phone number). Do not use your family members, unless you work for them. If you include a cover letter to the employer, it also makes a world of difference.
For Example, Dear “Business name”, I am very interested in your company, especially the BLANK position. I am interested because….” Don’t be afraid to make it personal. Tell them exactly why you are applying with them and why you feel you would be a great fit for their company.
Next is the phone interview. The employer should reach out to you by phone. If you do not hear from them, check your email. It is very possible in this day and age that they will email some interview times or even some homework for your first interview. If you are speaking to them on the phone, remember to talk very clearly. Try to refrain from saying “Ummm or uh” a lot. Make sure you are very professional in the way you talk.
Planning for the First Interview. This is a big one and it can be very scary. What if I do something embarrassing? What if I forget what I’m trying to say? What if I stumble? What if they can see me sweating from nerves? Will I make a good impression? Will I get the job? What if I don’t look the part? Here is some advice for those scary questions.
When you get there, treat the receptionist or whoever greets you like they are the ones who will be interviewing you. They are a big part of any company and should be treated just as well as everyone else you meet while there. Also, make sure to have a firm handshake. Yes, that seems a little old school, but it is a good test to see how confident you are.
Ask your list of questions. Ask what will happen next and when you should be hearing from them. Complete any homework they assign. Smile, shake their hand and thank the Receptionist.
Take a deep breath and go rock the interview. Remember you are a Rockstar and you did all those things to prepare!
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