Industry you are interested in:
One of the best ways to get a job in an industry is to find ways to meet individuals who are already working in that field. Industry specific associations, trade organizations and conferences can help you make the connections, learn about the trends and find out about companies that may be expanding in an area.
Join an association. Becoming a member has benefits as you apply for a job. Attend membership meetings and get to know individuals who can serve as a reference or who may know someone who can open a door for you.
The first introduction to you may just be your resume. You want yours to be one that is read thoroughly and not tossed to the side. To have you resume stand out you need a clean open layout that makes it easy to read.
Keep it to one page. If they want to learn more they will call you for an interview. Sections should include your contact information at the top; objective should state what job you want and what you will bring to the position;
Skills should list the skills that are the most important for this job; Job History should like the company, job title, start and end date. Below you should list results or impact you made on the company. Instead of conducted outside sales say increased new client sales by 10%;
References should just stay that they are available upon request. You should have a separate sheet listing your references and their contact information and be ready to leave it behind after your interview.
Today more and more employers are visiting prospective recruit’s social media such as facebook to see what is posted. Facebook and other social media vehicles give an employer an insight to who you are outside of work and can either help or truly hurt you. Delete any photos that you think may project an image your employer may not be eager to have.
Do your homework. No employer wants a person who just wants a job. The employer wants to know you care about the company, its products and services. Wants to hear how you will contribute to their success. Don’t just list out your past jobs. Tell how your skills in these jobs relate to the need the company you are applying to relate. Promote where you have contributed to the financial or programmatic success of the business. You may feel like you are bragging but it is not. It is telling your future employer that you are an asset they cannot do without!
Be professional in your language, sit up straight and look interviewer and smile. Do not put past employers down or complain about a bad job situation you may have had. Instead show enthusiasm for joining the company and their team.
As you look at your future and the steps you will now need to take to get the job you want or promotion you have been working hard for, you’ll need to be armed with tips and tools to help ensure you achieve your goals.
Come with a list of three to five references printed on a piece of paper. Give the reference list to the interviewer. Make sure you contact each person so they are prepared to share about you in ways that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Double check telephone numbers and emails to ensure the recruiter can reach your contact.
It is ok to be expressive with you voice mail, but understand that if an employer wants to reach you, they will call you and may listen to your recorded message. An employer may just hang up if they find it ofensive and tasteless. Change your voice message to be professional stating your name and that you will return the call promptly. Then check your voice messages often and return calls promptly!
Dress the Part:
Dress as if you already have the position you are aspiring to get. Never show up in jean, casual shirt and tennis shows. Always wear a clean simple two piece suit and dress shoes. Dressing this way tells the recruiter you are serious about the position and their company. Solid blue or black color suits with a white shirt is best. Avoid loud colors, bright busy designs. It is not a fashion statement; it is an interview for a job. Your hair should be combed conservatively and ladies should not wear loud, big jewelry.
Get the Coaching You Need:
Looking for a job can be overwhelming and frustrating. We encourage you to teach out Caminos Foundation and begin working with Patrice Mariscal to get the support you need to get the job! You would be surprised to see the tremendous impact role playing, practicing your interview techniques and having someone review your resume and cover letter can have.