The modern job market seems to be flooded with yesterday’s students who are sending their resumes to any employer, who offers vacancies. However, the young job seekers are not aware of the fact that unless they have some experience, they do not stand out from the crowd of hundreds and thousands of other applicants. The purpose of this article is to help you stand out from the crowd.
Nevertheless, it is important to remember that there are still certain companies and industries, which policies can be described as conservative meaning that the tips you will find below will not necessarily work.
The most crucial point in successful job hunting is to be distinguished from the others and be regarded as a personality rather than a resume writer or another faceless applicant. Thus, the tips below are here to help you although they might seem far from generally accepted ones.
Start with a Resume
You might be well-equipped with resume writing tips, but for what I know about job hunting, the key factor is the presentation. The tips for successful job hunting below will help you reach your most ambitious goals:
- Start with reading the tips for resume writing and job hunting online to understand where to start
- Write different resumes for every sphere you want to apply for. Each and any resume must highlight your strong points relevant to a certain job field.
- Make your resume in colors. Although there is no unanimity concerning the issue of color, resumes which are different than just black and white are likely to have more chance to catch the employer’s eye.
- Add the picture. Should you have a good portrait, it is a good idea to add it to your resume since it is something that can help you stand out from a crowd. However, applying for a job in a conservative company might not be quite efficient.
- Your interests and hobbies are not on the list of mandatory resume components. Mention them only if they are relevant for your future job. If a potential employer has some interest in your hobbies, you will be able to talk about them during the interview.
- Do not include all the information, so that you have something to impress your employer while being interviewed.
Include a Cover Letter
A cover letter is often requested by employers together with the resume. But a lot of applicants fail since even if they apply for a hundred of jobs, they still have only one cover letter to suit any job. Of course, writing 100 different cover letters is far from being the solution but having one general letter with blanks for relevant details will help you convince your potential employer of your indispensability in the position and show that you are able to meet all the employer’s requirements.
By doing this, you save time and energy since the only thing to do while submitting a cover letter will be to insert the information relevant to such position in spots provided.
Finally the Interview
If you have succeeded in making your employer believe you are the best candidate, you are invited for the interview. It is surely more than a halfway but still there a lot of things left to do to be finally employed. Read the following to prepare yourself better:
- Do not retell your resume as your potential employer is already well-informed about your qualification. Instead, present yourself as an interesting and unique personality.
- You have far more chances if you are confident, motivated, and polite. Your interpersonal skills are of great value too.
- Consider following the “business casual” dress code and dressing even better than this. By doing this, you show an employer that you take the interview seriously. Your look might seem conservative, but it should be perfectly suitable for an interview.
- Do not neglect hygiene and grooming. You should look exactly the way you think the face of the company might be required to look. Do not use strong cologne or perfume. Male applicant must be sure their facial hair is well groomed.
- Body language is important. Keep eye contact throughout the interview. Be sure you remember the name of the person who is interviewing you.
Apart from the tips discussed above, find some general advice to help you.
- If you find a job interesting, do not hesitate to apply for it even if you do not have enough qualification or experience in the field. In this case, your motivation and enthusiasm will matter most.
- Be sure to call back your potential employer at the right time.
- When you are talking on the phone, be smiling. It might seem unimportant, but your voice and its tone will sound differently.
- Conduct research on the company you are applying for to demonstrate your sincere interest.
- Show your enthusiasm as it makes you magnetic for those surrounding you.
- Be thankful. Thank everyone who helped you in the process of landing the job.
- Do not forget we are all humans. An interview is often associated with stress, and an employer is often regarded as an executioner. However, the only thing your potential employers want is to understand if you are the perfect person for the job. So, remember employers are not interested in you being stressed out. Thus, collect your thoughts, take a deep breath, and go for it. It is you who is making your own future.