Be prepared or prepare to fail
Research the company you are going to interview for and rehearse how you will discuss the experiences on your CV and answers to questions you may be asked.
Create a specific cover letter
Your cover letter should be tailored to the company and job you are applying for and should tell your potential employer within the first two paragraphs what you can do for their company. (See our blog on creating cover letters)
Edit your CV to the job
You should tailor your CV to match the job you are applying for as much as possible but don’t fabricate any of the truth.
You don’t need to include all your experiences
Your CV doesn’t need to have a list of all your experiences under each of your earlier job roles as employers don’t like assessing CVs more than 2-3 pages long.
You can include more than full-time employment
If you have had periods of time that you have been unemployed, you can briefly include other things you may have done during those periods in to your CV to fill in the gaps including continuing education, coaching and tutoring, freelance, part time, temp work, volunteer work, etc.
Your appearance always matters
Dress like someone who looks professional and successful, the first few minutes of your interview are when you get to make that critical first impression.
Your answers should be to the point with a short explanation
When you’re answering questions during your job interview, you should give the interviewer an example of relevant specific experiences and the skills you have in relation to the question. The more concrete information you can provide during your interview, the more the hiring manager will know how qualified you are for the job but don’t waffle.
Never say anything bad about your previous employers or co-workers
If you ever say anything bad about your previous employers or co-workers, the first thing your interviewer is going to think about is what you will say about their company when you’re moving on.
References can make a big difference in getting hired
Take your references with you to the interview and when appropriate, you can give your interviewer your written references to substantiate your answer. You can get your references of recommendation from bosses, co-workers, clients, subordinates, and suppliers. References are important, and employers do check them so select your referees wisely.
Send your interviewer a thank you note after your interview
It’s important for you to follow-up after your job interview. Sending your interviewer a letter or email is not just a good way to show your appreciation for being considered for the job but also a way to reiterate your interest and share anything you neglected during your interview.
Applying for every job you find isn’t always a good idea
Before you start your job hunting, take the time to decide what type of job/s you should be searching for. You should focus your searches on jobs that you’re qualified for as you will have a better chance of getting selected for an interview and getting the job. You could also create a target list of companies you would like to work for and decide on a plan that is going to get them to notice you. Sending out random resumes and cover letters is just going to be costly a waste of your time and can actively work against you, especially if the company receives your CV more than once.
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