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Job Search Tips

Q:  How do I dress to impress for an interview?

A:  Remember to dress for the job you want and not the job you have.  Always strive to look professional in your appearance which includes being clean, neat and more conservative. 

Q:  How do I make my resume stand out?

A:  Make sure you apply for jobs in which you meet the qualifications.  Nothing excites a recruiter more than finding a candidate whose qualifications are a great match for the job!  Make sure it’s neat, easy-to-read and free from typos.

Q:  What’s the best next step I can make after interviewing?

A:  Send a thank you email, letter or note to each interviewer.  If you’re the only one who does it, it makes you look good.  If you’re the only one who does not do it, it makes you look bad.

Q:  Is there a best day for me to apply for a job?

A:  Not really.  A recruiter still determines the pace in which they review applications and resumes, so even if you apply on Monday, there’s no guarantee that the recruiter will review your information before later in the week.

Q: If I have a felony or misdemeanor, how should I fill out an application?

A: Always be honest. Since many companies conduct background checks today, it will be discovered if you aren’t telling the truth. If there’s room, try to briefly explain the circumstances that led to the felony or misdemeanor.

Q: How soon after interviewing should I call the company?

A: It depends on the instructions given to you. If your interviewer commits to following up with you within one week, give him/her one week. If they ask you to call back in three days, call back in three days. Following instructions during the process is very important.

Q: What’s the best way to answer interview questions?

A: Follow the S-B-O process: S = Situation (briefly explain the situation that occurred); B = Behavior (tell what your behavior was); O = Outcome (what was the outcome/result)

Q: Can I ask the interviewer questions during an interview?

A: Absolutely! It’s not only the smart thing to do; it’s your right. Ask about how you’ll be evaluated, who your coworkers are, your boss’ management style and the biggest challenge in the job. Keep questions to no more than four.

Q: What’s the most important thing I can do when looking for a job?

A: Be clear on what it is you’re looking for. Many people want a job but have no plan. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s easier to determine who, what, where and how in your search.

Q: What tips can you give for creating a good resume?

Make it easy to follow by using bullet points not paragraphs
Have a resume for each type of job you’re pursuing
Highlight your strengths, especially those that are relevant to the job you want

Q: If I do research on a company, what exactly should I look for?

Such things as what products/services they offer, are they financially stable or struggling, what is their reputation in and out of the industry, what is it like to work there, etc.

Q: What are the worst things I can do in an interview?

Give poor examples in your answers
Display little or no confidence
Show up late without a good explanation
Ramble 
Act cocky

Q: How do I prevent myself from being so nervous during an interview?

Prepare. Take time to rehearse answers to interview questions. The more you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel about your ability to interview well. As your confidence grows, your nervousness will decrease.

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