As someone who works for a staffing agency, I have seen some of the best and the worst resumes. In a lot of cases, the bad resumes could have been great, there was just way too much information there. Make sure that you’re avoiding these mistakes to keep yours from being overlooked.
Let’s set the scene: You have an interview at 10:00 a.m. You arrive about 15 minutes early, like the great candidate you are. But did you know that your interview actually starts when you first enter the lobby? As soon as you introduce yourself to the receptionist, your interview has officially begun.
In their quest to land a job, many job seekers forget the importance of providing high quality professional references to their prospective employers.
Most job seekers stress over resume format, cover letters, potential interview questions and wardrobe. While these are all important aspects of your job hunt, many neglect to give the same attention to detail in preparing a list of quality references. A glowing reference could be the key to standing out among your competition.
You’ve passed the pre-screening round and landed an interview. You’ve answered all the technical questions. You’ve relayed your skills and how they apply to the position’s responsibilities. Finally, the interviewer wants to know why you left/looking to leave your position? What do you say? Do you tell them about your horrible boss? The deplorable work conditions? The answer is “No”, never bad mouth or share negative job experiences and here’s why:
Your resume has been seen by a number of potential employers is posted online. Maybe you paid a professional resume company for help. Nothing your friends suggested has worked. Your enthusiasm is fading as weeks pass and you are convinced there just aren’t any jobs out there. How can you get an interview?
It’s tough enough standing out in a crowded field of candidates. Now that your resume has someone’s attention, could this be the job of your dreams or will your actions turn it into a nightmare? You want to ensure you make a good impression, but it’s not just what you say that can land you or cost you this job. It’s just as important to realize what not to say and do. Your words, actions and body language all are part of that job interview.
We have seen our fair share of interviews go poorly because of improper dress. You may very well be the most qualified candidate, but imagine if someone less qualified got the job because that person wore a suit and you wore jeans and a polo shirt. You just don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!
A very helpful tip is to dress a notch above what is expected for the position. Even in a business casual environment, arriving in formal business attire works to your advantage because it reflects your respect for the interviewer and company.
As the labor market slowly heals, we see more and more new job opportunities opening. That is positive news for those looking for a job. Perhaps you feel you are at the end of your rope in your job search. Always remember what Dale Carnegie, the legendary author of “The Power of Positive Thinking” advised, “Most people give up right when they’re on the edge of success.”