Whether you are looking for a new job, or changing careers, or even getting back into the professional field after a long absence, there are a few things you have to keep in mind when going job hunting, so that you know what you should expect. Assuming you know exactly what job you want, there are a few sure fire ways to get the job once you have decided for sure if you want it or not.
Revise the Resume
Before going to get a job, make sure that you resume is up to date and in the current format. Companies will see the resume before they see you, so make sure that it is flawless. Do not lie on the resume and say you have talents that you do not, and keep in mind that if you say you have qualifications that you do not, it will come back and haunt you.
Look at the resumes of recent, new employees and use the language they have used and when describing what you were doing before, be clear about it. Do not leave any questions about what you can do. Proof read the resume. It is important to check for spelling and grammatical errors when you are giving in a resume.
No company will hire someone who makes such basic mistakes. It comes off negatively when you make simple mistakes on the resume. Keep the formatting classic, nothing to flowery or elaborate, this is a professional document so keep it professional.
Prepare for the Interview
You should have a good idea of what to expect when going into the job interview. Make sure that you know exactly what you are going to say because most large companies start interviews with ‘tell me about yourself’. Hesitating will not be a good sign, o be sure about what you will say. Keep it under thirty seconds and make it natural.
Reciting what you have thought about and over emphasizing on everything will not end up well. You do not want to sound like a robot and you do not want to be a chatterbox. Find the place in-between.
Make List of Skills you would Like to Learn
It is always a good idea to tell the employer what you want to learn if you get hired. Tell them what you would do to become a better employee, this will make them more interested in what you have to say and will significantly improve your own skills if you get the job.
At the same time, tell them what you excel at. Most businesses regard the ability to think logically highly. They want employers to know what to do, even in a panicked situation, and take charge. Excel in these and you will impress them enough to get the job.
Research about the Company
Don’t just do a search on the internet, find out what the company is about. Embrace their mission as your own and show them that you are a serious candidate. Research more than any of the other candidates and make it a point to tell the person interviewing you that you know exactly what the company wants and are willing to offer it.
When giving an interview, the most important thing you have to do is stand out from all the other candidates and to do that, you have to be well versed in how to get the job.
Angela Lawson writes articles for magazines and websites so that people who are looking to get jobs know what to do to gain it. For more information about the author, click here.