Looking for a job is difficult and stressful. Here are five things you must have in your arsenal that make it easier.
Purposeful C V: We talk, talk and talk about this around here until we’re blue in the face, but one of my HR friends commented on Facebook the other day that it’s not over 90% of the resumes he receives are personalized for specific jobs.
“That’s how I make the first round of cuts,” he said. “Default restart = no further process in progress. I don’t want anyone who obviously doesn’t make any effort. ”A personalized resume is absolutely necessary.
Web presence: Must have a LinkedIn profile and be current. You may want to have a Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, or Instagram account, depending on your industry. You may also seriously consider a personal website if you do not already have one. At the very least, you need to be at least visible and your social media profiles should be clean and reflect the best version of you. Employers will google you, and if they can’t find anything, they may move on to the next person. Not having a web presence these days is like it doesn’t exist.
A good image of yourself: Employers want to know what you look like and like. And no, contrary to popular belief, it is not illegal to make hiring decisions on the basis of physical appearance. Your LinkedIn profile should have a nice, professional-looking portrait that is not too intimate, not blurry, and has no one else clipped from it. Hire a photographer if needed and take a good photo.
Wing man: A wingman is traditionally someone you accompany when trying to collect chicks. When looking for a job, we applied the term to your soundboard friend. You need a friend to reread your resume and cover letter, practice interviewing you, and tell you if what you’re wearing looks silly. This person should be honest and cruelly honest. You must have at least one friend like that.
Good Interview Dress: Always keep a dress ready. You don’t want to go shopping in the moment. Clean shoes, pressed pants, shirtless tights. It would usually be to err on the side of the formality of the interview, although some research on corporate culture would not hurt. One of my co-workers dressed up for an interview where she quickly realized she was too worn and didn’t fit at all. He didn’t get the job. However, if in doubt, we would still say go more conservative. Wear black, gray or blue. Choose colors sparingly.