Ways To Stand Out While CAREER Hunting | Career Hunting Prep, Phone Interview, Face-to-Face Interview

Ways To Stand Out While Career Hunting

 

Career Hunting Prep –

  • Follow these steps for solid Career Hunt Prep.
  • Set up an online portfolio, if applicable.
  • Update your LinkedIn Profile. It should read like your resume!
  • Tailor your resume to the job that you are applying for.
  • Include portfolio, and business related social links in your resume.
  • Send your resume as a MS Word document or PDF.
  • Don’t use unusual graphics, pictures, or columns on your resume. These things do not translate into Application Tracking Systems (ATSs)!
  • Do not say “References available upon request”.
  • Lose the objective on the resume.  Instead include a branding statement.

 

Phone Interview Prep

  • Research the company.
  • Review the LinkedIn Profile of your interviewer(s).
  • Study the job description, and be prepared to discuss how your qualifications match the job.
  • Choose a quiet location to take the call.
  • Have your resume in front of you for quick reference.
  • Smile!  This comes through during a phone interview.  Trust me!
  • Allow a pause before taking your turn to speak.
  • Have a couple of prepared questions to ask the interviewer. The questions should be related to the company or job.
  • Do not ask about pay or benefits at this point!  That will come later.
  • Express your interest in the opportunity and ask what the next steps are.
  • Thank the interviewer for his or her time.

 

Face-to-Face Interview Prep

  • Arrive at the interview 10-15 minutes early.  If you arrive earlier, sit in your car until the appropriate time to go in.
  • Dress professionally.  If working with a recruiter, discuss this with them.  They should be able to guide you.
  • Take a long a few copies of your resume.
  • Turn off your phone before going into the interview. If they take you back immediately…you don’t want to be dealing with turning the phone off.
  • Be kind to all that you meet.  Including the receptionist!
  • Shake hands.  Be sure to use a firm handshake.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Prep for the interview, by reviewing the company online, appropriate LinkedIn Profiles, and studying the job description.
  • Have a couple of prepared questions to ask the interviewer. The questions should be related to the company or job.
  • Do not ask about pay or benefits at this point!  That will come later.
  • Thank the interviewer for his or her time.
  • Express your interest in the opportunity and your desire to go to the next step.
  • Be able to sum up your experience, and while you feel you are a good fit for this role!
  • Send a hand written thank-you note.

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