One of the most important aspects of looking for a job is being prepared. This covers a few different categories because being prepared could mean anything from having a formal resume for the potential employer to review or being prepared with your dress attire. Many people find that the interview process can be daunting, and if you’re not prepared with the correct answers or follow up questions, you might not get the opportunity. Therefore, it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into before diving in head first without any knowledge.
Preparing Your Resume
When it comes to preparing an elegant looking resume that will market your personal and employment skills, the longer the better does not apply. Many resumes that are over a page long have found themselves tossed aside, or worse, tossed in the trash. Employers will scan over your resume looking for key points and then move on. On average, they may spend anywhere from thirty seconds to a minute reviewing your resume. In that little bit of time they will decide whether or not you’re an ideal candidate to interview.
Creating a resume should not be very hard, because it’s all about you. You should be sure to cover your full name, address, and working telephone number in case they need to contact you. There should always be sections that include your experience, education, and objective for wanting the position or a job in the field that you are searching in. The page should be semi-full if not a full one page in length. If you have added skills or certifications and achievements, then you should also include these in a category by themselves.
How you present your resume can be a turning point in your interview or your first impression. If you send your resume in via email, be sure that you include a cover letter stating what the attached resume is regarding and which position that you are trying to obtain. Other information that should be included in a cover letter is your performance if you were to get the job, and why you would like to be hired for the position. If you are handing your resume to your potential employer, do so in a professional manner and be sure that the paper it is printed on is neat with no bends or tears.
Your Attire Does Matter
Everyone knows that you must present yourself in a professional manner to be considered for many jobs out there. If you have slouching habits, be sure to stay on your toes to avoid slouching in the chair while waiting or in the interview process itself. The clothes that you wear will play an important role in how you are represented to your potential employer. If you are wearing shaggy clothes or clothes that you just finished working in the garden in, chances are the employer will cut the interview short and call the next person in line.
The right type of clothes depends on the position that you are being interviewed for. Dress slacks, or dress pants, and a solid color top is always an ideal choice, especially if the company colors are visible. You do not have to be dressed up in a skirt and high heels or a suit and tie to land a job. The only thing that you must consider is how you are presenting yourself. If you feel as if it sends the wrong message, chances are it does.
Speaking to Potential Employers
Being calm is really hard to do when you are nervous but take your time when speaking during the interview. If it takes you a few minutes to think of the best way to put something, take your time. It is better to give a thorough, correct answer, than a quick wrong answer. Recall that the interview process is the potential employer asking you all of the questions. However, when it comes to the end of the interview, if all goes well, the employer will ask if you have any questions for them. Here is the time to ask them anything that pertains to the position, its benefits, and any other bits of information that you feel will round out your knowledge of the position and company.