Looking for a job? But can’t find one? Been to a couple of interviews but for some reason you didn’t get the job? Need some expert help, getting a job? Worried you may never get a job? Worry no more! I have just the solution. Follow my tips below, and get hired in no time!
When looking for a job there are some fundamental tips you must remember. You may be invited to many interviews, but that does not mean you will get the job! I am an employer, trust me I will know. An employer generally will invite you to an interview so that they can get to meet you in person. Some of you may be wondering, why, would the employer invite me to an interview just to meet me in person? The answer is simple, because the employer needs to know, what kind of person you are. Appearance is very important. They can generally tell by the way you are dressed. They also need to know if you will fit in. Generally employers have a certain way they want all their employees to dress. Some might want that professional look. Some might be more casual and want the casual look. It is advised that you know your employer, and know what look he/she is looking for before an interview.
All employers know what they want from an employee the night before the interview. What you need to do now is reassure the employer that you are what the company needs! You will contribute and help the company grow in some way. But that’s not all. An employer receives tons of applications daily, and interviews many qualified candidates, daily, so your job is to stand out. When writing up your CV, it is very important you write-up a CV that stands out! Everyone may apply, and everyone may be invited to an interview, but not everyone gets the job. Theres a fine line that divides getting the job and not getting the job. Below I have listed a couple of tips, that should help you get your next job.
Learn How To Make A Good Resume
A resume is very important, and writing up a good resume is even more important. Your resume is the first thing an employer sees, therefore your resume has to be a good representation of yourself. It is fundamental that your resume captures the attention of the employer. Your resume must include; your qualifications, skills, background info, and experience. Everyone can make a resume, but can you make a good resume? that’s the question. A good resume is essential, when trying to get hired. A good resume will give you an advantage over the competition.
Make A List Of Good Skills
When writing up a good resume it is very important that you let the employer know what you are good at, especially if you are not very qualified. Therefore when writing up a resume, don’t forget to include any skills you may possess that are pertinent to the job. These skills may include your ability to work in a team, verbal communication skills, creating reports, computer proficiency, planning and organizing a work schedule, and decision-making and problem solving. Employers look for that. Employers generally like to hire skillful people. Remember that.
Make A Resume That Corresponds With The Job You Are Applying For
When making a resume it is very important that a make a resume that pertains to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a job as a bank teller, make a resume that show cases your skills as a teller. Your resume should boast your skills, not make you look stupid. Your resume should include:
Your name in a large font on the top of the page, with your contact details (address, email and telephone number) underneath in a smaller font size.
Your experience should come next. Provide a chronological list of where you have worked with bullet points of your accomplishments underneath.
List your education, including where you went to school, the degree achieved, the date, and any honors, achievements and transferable skills.
Finally, list skills relevant to the position.
Try to keep your resume short and sweet. Resumes are generally 2 – 3 pages long, not more than that. Your resume should help you get a job, not lose one.
Study The Company Before Hand
When going for an interview it is very important you study the company the night before. You need to be well-informed about the company and the employer. Employers generally ask what do you know about the company. That is why it is imperative, that you know about the company and the employer, before you get interviewed. This will show the employer that you are serious about working for them. Think about researching the following;
What is the company’s mission statement? What are its objectives?
What skills and values does the company look for?
Who are the key players in the company?
If you are told who will be interviewing with, try to find out a little bit about their background.
If you can come up with the answer for these questions you are in a good place. The employer will be very impressed, and think highly of you. That is good! That will make them consider you more.
Research Commonly Asked Interview Questions
If you are asked to come to an interview, it is advised you research some interview questions the night before. This gives you an advantage over the competition. Knowing what the employer may ask you before hand, is a great plus. It makes you feel more relaxed and confident. Some common interview questions include the following:
Tell us about yourself? You will not want to be too wordy with this response, a one minute response will do.
Why did you apply for this job? Be honest, and tell them what is appealing about the job and the company.
What do you know about our company? Draw on the research you have done on the company.
What questions do you have for me? You might ask for more details on the day-to-day duties of the position, the growth of the company, or your potential for advancement in the company.
The best advice I can give, is be prepared. Those who get the job are the ones who are prepared, and study the night before. Stay calm and think positive.
When going for an interview, always be well dressed. Appearance does matter, and it is key, when getting interviewed. Remember the employer wants to know what type of person you are, by the way you dress. Don’t give them the wrong impression. Always look professional, with you hair well-combed and your teeth well brushed. Avoid shorts, flip-flops, jeans, and other casual attire. This is a turn off. An employer will not want to hire someone who shows up to an interview with shorts and flip-flops. Employers want someone who is highly qualified, and well dressed.
Body language is very important. When in an interview with an employer, it is imperative that you be cheerful, polite, sweet, and charming. When in an interview try to follow the tips:
Make sure you do not slouch.
Do not break eye contact during conversation. However, be mindful not to stare.
Do not cross your arms. Instead, keep them open in a friendly manner.
Avoid fidgeting or touching your face.
Also it is very crucial that you let you employer know what contribution you are prepared to make. In other words, how are you going to help the company grow, develop, or make more money? That is primarily what the employer is looking for. Why should the employer hire you and not someone else? An employer is not going to want to hire someone who is not going to help the company grow, or make more money. Try to remember that! An employer will hire you because you can help the company make more money, or get more clients/customers. If you can’t help the company grow, make money, or get more clients/customers you won’t be hired!
It is advised that you show up to an interview 5 minutes before. Go over your notes. Avoid coming late, or showing up to early! This shows the employer that you are punctual. That is always a good sign. Employers like punctual employees. Late employees are not employed for long. Remember that! Also arrive prepared, with a pen, paper, several copies of your resume, your ID, your qualifications, and any certificates you may hold.
Asking questions is good! It shows the employer that you are interested in the company and the job. You may want to ask questions about employee benefits, salaries, employee experience, room for advancement, or the next steps in the hiring process. Regardless, ask questions that demonstrate that you are familiar with the company and the job. This always impresses the employer. An employer is always happy to help.
Follow Up After Interview
Some employers usual take between a week to two weeks to decide. If three weeks has passed and you still haven’t gotten a response, or a call back, it is advised that you politely call the employer, or send a polite email, enquiring whether you have gotten the job or not.
Keep the follow-up emails brief and polite. Hiring managers are generally very busy, so try to be patient.
Try a note that looks something like this: “Dear Manager, Thank you so much for meeting with me today. I enjoyed learning about the company and the position, and I am very excited about the prospects of joining the team. I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the process.”
“Let the employer know how you are going to help them make money, and you will be hired in no time!” – Yannick Theodore