Ten tips for job seekers
Ten tips for job seekers
RESPOND TO THE OFFER THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
– Make sure that your profile is actually in line with what is required by the job offer for which you want to apply. And ask yourself if that offer really meets your expectations, because you too can and should choose your job of tomorrow. Do not respond to every job ad that seems vaguely interesting or quite in line with your skills-it is not effective and only generates frustration. Select carefully and focus on those for which you might be the ideal candidate, without wasting energy.
- CREATE A COMPLETE AND CUSTOMIZED CV – Customize your cv based on the offer you are applying for. Do not cheat, but enhance all skills akin to the profile sought, using precisely the same keywords as the offer, to facilitate the recruiter’s search. Remember to emphasize soft skills such as organizational skills, interpersonal skills, commitment and motivation, ability to work in a team, professionalism and seriousness. Also include some personal information: hobbies, passions or volunteer experiences can tell a lot about you. Don’t forget to include email and cell phone for those who need to contact you, degree and education, and start and end dates of any work experience you have had.
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.
– It is your first contact with the company, and if you do not want to risk making a bad impression, it is best to respond calmly and with focus. If you are unavailable when the recruiter calls, there is no harm in that: take the name and reference of the person who contacted you and make another phone appointment.
CHOOSE APPROPRIATE ATTIRE
– The outfit you wear during the interview is critical to a first impression. Choose a look that you feel comfortable in but that is not too casual and most importantly observes how the company’s employees dress to be in line with their booth, perhaps going for coffee at the café underneath their office a few days before the interview to see how they dress.
INTRODUCE YOURSELF ON YOUR OWN
– You don’t need parents, boyfriend or friends to accompany you; it’s a situation you need to be able to handle on your own.
– Document yourself about the company you are going to interview for, prepare about the business, search the Internet for what is being said about them.
KEEP A COMPOSED ATTITUDE
– During a job interview pay attention to your tone of voice and how you move. Sit composed, make eye contact with the person in front of you, don’t speak too fast or too loudly, take pauses, and make sure you have your interlocutor’s attention. Eye contact is important to calibrate the conversation; watch the signals it sends you and adjust accordingly.
– Never forget that the first quality a recruiter looks for is honesty. Don’t show yourself for what you are not, value your strengths and what you can do, and never lie.
GIVE CONCRETE EXAMPLES
– When answering questions be concrete, argue, and give examples of similar situations you have been in, explaining well what you did, how you arrived at the solution to a problem, what results you achieved. For example, it is not enough to say that you are an organized person if you do not explain when and how you were one.
– Remember that it is not just you who is under scrutiny: the decision whether or not to accept a job is yours, and to best evaluate a possible offer, you must be aware. Be curious, ask questions about the company, the position you would be going into, and a possible growth path. It is legitimate to ask about pay and what the response time might be, but not as the first and only thing.