Everyone does it, no one enjoys discussing it: job applications. These job applications usually lead to an interview (or a series of interviews). As someone who has been through this process many times, I'd be happy to share a few of my tips on these two aspects of the job hunt. Next week, be sure to return to my blog to read some of my advice on following up after an interview!
When you start looking for a new position, use something to take notes about your job applications and the contact infomation of the recruiting mangers/ job poster. I prefer using a notebook and pen but others prefer digital tools. Some of the best websites to visit when you're searching for the right opportunity for work are: Indeed, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Craigslist. Indeed is basically a job search engine and you are able to find positions based on keywords and other various preferences like distance, preferred time to work, and experience level. I personally recommend uploading a .pdf version of your resume onto the website instead of creating an account and using their resume template.
LinkedIn is another great resource to use due to its professional atmosphere and direct contact methods. I like to think of it as the Facebook of the business world. Lastly, although Facebook and Craigslist do not seem like places to look or work they have proved to be very useful in procurring employment. They each have a section of their websites that is dedicated to job postings.
Once you've decided on where to start you'll definitely want to consider utilizing a nice resume and cover letter. If you need help with either of those, please feel free to visit my pricing section and contact me for more information. Mention this blog post and I'll create or edit your resume for $15.00! To view some samples of my resumes, just ask :)
After applying the waiting and seeing begins, and it is tedious and anxiety inducing but usually after anywhere from one to seven days, you receive an answer! I used to have a hard time dealing with rejection but my dad once said, "What's the worst that could happen? Will they hit you or hurt you? Will they yell? Nope. The worst thing they can do is say 'No,' and those two little letters can't hurt you. Don't be afraid of the word 'No.'" More people need to be okay with the possibility of rejection.
However, if you are offered the opportunity for an interview, there are some things you need to do: research the company, decide what you will wear, prepare questions for the interviewer, and arrive early. As soon as you get the interview, be sure to add it to your calendar and set as many reminders as possible for it. Research the company and see what current staff and previous staff have to say about the work environment. During this time, also check out what they have said about the work atmosphere, attire, and general employee attitude. These observations will help you out a lot while you move forward in your search.
On the day of the interview, try to show up about 10 to 15 minutes early so that you have time to freshen up in the bathroom, maybe fix a clothing problem, or quickly call a friend to help calm your nerves. As you go through the interview, remember to smile naturally and to be your true self. You don't want to be an environment where your light is not allowed to shine, trust me!
If these steps have gotten you through the interview so far, be sure to come back next week to see what you should do after nailing the interview. Looking for some specific job application advice? I would love it if you contacted me!
Keep on keeping on,
Tierra C. Watkins
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