Here are some job search tips that we hope will help you in the coming months:
Make sure your resume is up-to-date – do not assume your cover letter can fill in any blanks. Your resume should clearly state one career objective, not several. Also, don’t forget to elaborate on your work experience while making the resume concise and easy to read. Busy hiring managers are scanning resumes for certain skills, so create a bulleted section with the heading “Areas of Expertise” to list the skills you want to stand out.
Always include a cover letter
A resume should never be sent without a professional and direct but friendly cover letter. The cover letter is your chance to show some personality, unlike your formal resume. The best letters outline what you can do for the company, not what the employer should do for you. Make sure you always proofread carefully, as most cover letters are composed on the fly.
Some Tips for a Strong Interview
A great resume and cover letter may get you in the door, but the interview is critical to your success.
- Research the company as thoroughly as possible and be informed about their industry.
- Prepare your own questions about the company and the position that will clearly show your interest.
- Be an excellent listener, and pause before it is your turn to speak, always maintaining eye contact.
- Avoid one-word answers; be honest and descriptive in your responses.
- Prepare for "Open" questions like:
a) What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
b) Tell me about yourself.
c) What interests you about our company?
At the close of the interview, be sure to reiterate your interest in the position and thank the interviewer for his or her time.
Best of luck, from all of us!