Monday, August 22, 2016

List: Ten things to do before applying for a new job.

I recently went on a fabulous dinner date with my baby cousin.
It turns out that my baby cousin is no longer a baby.
We were celebrating my birthday and the start of her career at a huge accounting firm.
Our dinner date was soon consumed with sparkling sake and adult conversation.
One big topic of talk was how she landed this awesome role straight out of college.
No worries, ladies and gentlemen!  I’ll share her tips to success with you!

Ten things to do before applying for a new job.

1.  Get yourself organized.
Keep your important documents and information in an expandable folder.
I fill mine with copies of my resume, certificates, recommendation letters, and diplomas.

2.  Invest in a portfolio book.
Keep a portfolio book handy and filled with pens, paper, resumes, and other necessities.
Walking into an interview with this leaves you looking prepared, responsible, and professional.

3.  Clean up your social media.
Browse through your social media feeds and delete any unprofessional pictures or posts.
I never believed employers actually looked until the time an interview began with listing our mutual friends!

4.  Google your name for a virtual clean up.
You'll be surprised what will pop up when you Google your name.  Delete all undesirable discoveries.
I recently did this and had a hard time deleting an ancient Twitter account.  I had to beg for it to go away!

5.  Invest in a blazer.
Whether it's a fun colored blazer or plain black one, it's a must for any interview.
I love my coral blazer because it helps me stand out but it still shows that I mean business!

6.  Create a professional e-mail address.
Sign up for a free gmail account and make your e-mail something professional.
Your name separated by a period at gmail.com will always do the trick!

7.  Prepare answers to typical interview questions.
There will be trade specific questions, but the favorites will always pop up.
Don't be afraid to ask family or friends to help role play a practice interview.

8.  Start networking.
Connections and possible opportunities await you when you simply tell people you're ready for a career
I once scored an interview on the elevator ride to another interview!  Always have extra resume copies.

9.  Create a LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn has become a key tool for networking, recruiting, and researching applicants.  Utilize it!
Tip-Definitely upload a profile picture but keep it tasteful, professional, and a solo shot.

10.  Become confident in yourself.
In the words of my not so baby cousin, "be confident and prepare to sell yourself".
You need to prove to yourself that you're the perfect fit for a career before you can prove it to others!

What do you do to prepare for a job hunt?

6 comments:

  1. my social media is always clean, thank you very much... at least until they get to Hollywood Spy... there was much naughtiness there over the years as Google Ads likes often to remind me and threaten me :)

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  2. I'm so glad social media did not exist when I was in college! I doubt I ever would have gotten a job.

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  3. Thankfully most craziness for me comes from the cat and he just confuses so they pay little attention lol just joined linkedin too I see at your zoo.

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  4. Congrats to your cousin! Being patient is another one. Job hunting always takes longer than you think

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  5. 11. Turn back time.

    No one wants to hire someone as old as I am.

    Love,
    Janie

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