How To Prepare for the Job Market in 2014
Putting yourself ahead of the other job applicants does not have to be difficult. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and you can take advantage of increasing your chances of landing your dream job.
The first step is to read over the job description carefully. Make note of everything the job entails as well as everything that the listing states. If the listing states you need to include a cover sheet and a CV and it needs to be presented in a particular format, then it is important to make sure that you follow these instructions to the letter. This is part of what makes a good impression with prospective employers.
- Get to know the company and the market you are looking to get into.
1. You want to do serious research so you have a clear idea of the type of company you are looking to work with.
2. You want to make sure that the company has similar ideals and is going to be a good fit for you.
3. You may also want to know about the people you are going to be working for. Having common interests can help build and make you more attractive as a prospective employee.
- Make sure you have relevant experience. If you are already working in the industry you are applying in, this will not be difficult. You may have a more difficult time demonstrating relevant experience if you are not working in a related or relevant field. It is important to have an explanation as to why you are jumping into a new field.
- Look over your resume and tailor it to the position you are applying for. Make sure that relevant work experience, education and skills appear in prominent positions. Prospective employers are going to be going through dozens or in some cases hundreds of applications. They are going to be glancing through CV’s rather than reading every word. If you list all your relevant information, it is going to jump out and increase your likelihood of obtaining an interview.
After You Have Obtained an Interview
Once you have an interview, here are a few steps to take to make sure that you are walking into your interview with the greatest chance of success.
1. The first step is to make sure that you are dressed correctly. If you have researched the company then you should know the style of dress you should be wearing. Wear something appropriate for the position and for the company.
2. It is important to arrive a little early. You want time to calm yourself down before you go into an interview. Interviews tend to be stressful, even for the most experienced person. It is important that you appear relaxed and confident. This can go a long way to making sure you give the right impression.
During the Interview
Once you have made it into the interview, it is time to shine. You want to provide your prospective employer with the right view about you and your work. It is important to stay positive and make sure that you keep negative comments out of your interview. If you have bad things to say about your current or previous boss, then your current prospective employer is going to believe you will say the same types of things about them. It can be a serious mark against you.
- Do not talk about money until the interviewer brings it up. If you appear too eager to know how much you are going to be paid too early in the interview, it can also be a negative mark against you. The interviewer will let you know about compensation so let them get to that point.
- Have a few questions; make sure they are relevant to the position. Interviewers prefer it when a prospective employee has intelligent, well thought out and relevant questions. However, you need to be careful not to ask too many questions and take over the interview.
- Remember, it is important to stay focused. You want to maintain comfortable eye contact. You do not want to look away too often because that can be a sign of nervousness or that you are not confident about what you are saying. You do not want to stare though, because that can make the interviewer feel very uncomfortable.
- Show your enthusiasm, smile and definitely show your interest in the position. You want the interviewer to understand that you are going to ensure the job is done well and that you will actually enjoy it. Prospective employees that come across as people who are going to enjoy the work are more likely to be hired because they are more likely to be productive, long-term employees.
Once you are finished with the interview, remember to follow up. This can be one of the more difficult aspects of the interview process. It is important to know when to follow up. If the interviewer tells you that they will be interviewing for a few more days, you do not want to follow up during this process.
You want to wait until the interviewing process is over and they have had a few days to review all of the applications. In some cases, there may be multiple interviews. If this is the case, wait until after you have completed the interviews to follow up.
The follow up does not have to be complicated. You want to express your thanks for the opportunity and let them know you are following up. People who follow up with prospective employers are more likely to obtain the position. There are several reasons for this. The first is that they remain fresh in the mind of the prospective employer.
Additionally, it is a generally accepted practice to follow up. If you are following up on an interview, it is likely you will follow up with important matters when they occur on the job itself.