Finding a job is a job itself and a bad economy only makes things worse. There is a lot you may need to learn and you may have a lot of competition. Following this advice will put you out in front of your peers in the job search.
Always dress to impress. Just one day of looking sloppy at work can create a lasting impression. Make sure that your clothing fits appropriately and is always clean and ironed. Also, remember to use the best hygiene and keep your hair styled and trimmed. Sticking to this rule will ensure that you consistently make a good impression.
When writing a resume, be sure to include all of your important contact information. This makes it much easier for employers to get in touch with you if they need to. Important information for them includes your full name, your email address, your street address, and your phone number.
When hiring employees try to strike a balance between skill sets. For example, don’t hire everyone who is a fast typist, and no one who is slower but more organized. Those organizational skills may save you at some point. If you have a plethora of different skills available, your business will be more capable of handling a larger variety of situations.
If there is a particular company you are interested in working for, do not hesitate to contact them directly to see what they have available. There may be some jobs available that they have not had to chance to publicly advertise for. Getting in contact with them right away can give you a bit of an advantage.
When it comes to communicating with potential employers, focus on keeping your words bright, light and polite. ‘Bright’ refers to the quality and freshness of your ideas compared to those of other candidates. Do you offer interesting perspectives and insight into innovation? ‘Light’ sentiments avoid overly cynical or negative statements. ‘Polite’ is self-explanatory, but is commonly overlooked in interpersonal communications. This includes proper grammar, respectful title and a nod to professional etiquette.
When you are sitting down in an interview, remember to take a future-minded approach to answering questions. Don’t simply talk about what you have done before. Highlight what you can bring to the company and what you will do for them moving forward. This is what employers want to hear.
Do not take care of your personal business when you are at work. Only use your break time unless it is an absolute necessity. Even if your boss is lax on this rule you should not use it. You will gain a great deal of respect by showing that you are able to manage your life appropriately.
If you are on an interview and the interviewer asks what salary you prefer, always be as conservative as possible. It is better to say a little bit less than you want, as this is sometimes the weeding out process a company uses based on the budget that they have.
As you know very well, a struggling economy makes for a hard job search. Not only are you being scrutinized, but there are many other candidates that you have to compete against. Use this advice so you can become one that stands out from all the other applicants.