Applying for work? Here are some tips to help!
1. Read the job description. Oh so many people don’t do this. Or, they don’t do it with sufficient care. When you have read it decide carefully whether you can actually do the job before you apply.
2. Accept the gift of Key Words. Incorporate Key Words used in the job description into your resume and cover letter so that you make the right bells ring. But, again, do it with care – sprinkle rather than bombard.
3. Talk about what you have accomplished. Do this in your resume and during the interview. Illustrate answers with your achievements. Show how you can do the same good job for the potential employer.
4. Create your resume first even when filling in an online application form – then you can cut and post from it. Please check it very carefully for typos.
5. Research, research, research; the company, the people (you can used LinkedIn) and the position. If you are called for an interview, you need to able to show you understand what they are about and what they need.
6. Prepare, prepare, and prepare for the interview. Have a battery of descriptions of what you have achieved, and how, lined up to demonstrate how you fit their needs. Think through your attitude to past employers and emphasise the positive – never be tempted to be critical – they’ll worry you will do the same to them.
7. Remember your manners and send a thank you email afterwards offering more information if they need it. The thank you note may be the thing that marks you out if they are wavering.
I wish all those starting out on or a continuing a job search this week every success.
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