The interviewing process consists of several different steps. The initial step includes showing up and handing in a resume. Many job seekers overlook the extra steps, sometimes because they either do not know to do them, or they just don’t take the time. These additional steps can play in your favor and may just help you land your job by separating you from the rest of the job candidates.
Your first concern should be your resume. Make sure your resume is current and up-to-date. Many hiring professionals like to look at a resume in chronological order beginning from your most recent employment working your way back.
Focus on what you have been doing in the past few years and limit your list of employment to the last jobs or the last 7 years, although some employers want to see an employment record for the last 10 years. Limit your resume to 2 pages. Anything more than that and you risk boring your potential employer.
Personalized Cover Letter
Once you have your resume in order, you have to outline your cover letter. Once you have a format to follow, it will be easy to change for each job you apply for. This will save you time and hassle. It should be professional, with a brief description of why you are an excellent candidate for the job and the skills you have. Limit yourself to 2 paragraphs. This is just a brief summary introducing your potential employer to yourself and your resume. Alter your career goals and cover letter objective to fit the job you are applying for.
Research the Company
Before you get the call for the job interview, take the time to research the company. When you have researched your company, you can walk into the interview room a bit more confidently knowing you will ask intelligent questions. Show an interest in the company and not just the job. From asking informed questions, you are showing your interviewer that you are a serious candidate for the job. If you feel like you are a little weaker than you should be in some skills, then work on them in order to communicate your commitment to the company. Having a positive attitude will show during an interview. Sometimes a committed, positive candidate will be chosen over someone with better skills. Attitude goes a long way.
Send a Thank You Letter
Once you are through with the meeting, a fabulous way to remind your potential employer about you, in good taste, would be a thank you letter. You ought to keep a thank you letter brief, as with the cover letter for your resume. Thank everyone involved for taking the time to give you a chance. Remind them of your available skillsets for the job that you feel makes you a perfect candidate. A customized thank you letter looks professional and lets your employer know that you are aware of proper protocol and have a professional attitude.
The job interview process is not only about the skills you have to offer, but what kind of personality you will be showing up to work with every day. Taking the extra step at the right time with a simple thank you letter will send a positive message. It will send the message that you are genuine about your career and serious about the company you are applying to work for.
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