If you are currently searching for a job – and we’re assuming you are, given that you’ve read this far! – you likely are feeling a variety of emotions. Excited, nervous, overwhelmed…these are all common emotions when we’re on the job market. The more you know about strategies that work, the better of a position you’ll be in.
When you are at an interview, relax. It can be really difficult to relax during an interview, but remember this: you will either get the job, or you will not. Your focus should be on presenting your best self, and worry about whether you’ll get the job later on, when you’re done.
When writing a resume, be sure to include all of your important contact information. This makes it much easier for employers to get in touch with you if they need to. Important information for them includes your full name, your email address, your street address, and your phone number.
Make a name for yourself! In a job market bleeding qualified candidates, self-branding goes a long way in helping you to stand out from the crowd. Self-promotion and developing your personal brand is not a matter of ego. Instead, it is an opportunity to showcase your best ideas, initiative and creativity. Never exaggerate or falsify your best attributes, but do not be afraid to set your modesty aside.
Come up with good answers to your strengths and weaknesses in addition to what you can bring to a company before you go on an interview. These are common questions that you should have an answer to in advance, so that you are not baffled when they ask you face to face.
Always ask for permission before providing someone’s name and contact information for a personal or professional reference. If your contact is caught by surprise by your would-be employer, he may not have time to give a positive, well-thought-out answer. You also run the risk of discovering that this person did not share enthusiasm for your performance, skills and abilities.
Make sure that you send a thank you note to all of the people that have given you interviews. Sometimes people choose other candidates, but they will keep you in mind for future positions just because you are courteous. Send the note a day or two after the interview so they can remember who you are.
Keep a good eye on your 401K plan. The stock market can fluctuate a great deal, and your interests will change just as fast. To prevent loss as often as you can you must check on your plans once a month at least and any time that your heat about a change in the markets that could affect you.
The quest to find meaningful and fulfilling employment can be a daunting one. But by reading this article, you are now in a much better position to achieve your employment goal! Your job in the next little bit will be to find a job – you’re on the road to having the tools you need to accomplish this feat!