You've heard it all before, but I really don't think most women understand how important your resume and interview are when finding a job.
Your main goal is to wow the employer and show him or her a person who goes above and beyond with their work. Here are a few tips to remember:
Your Resume Should Be Powerful (and Easy to Read)
Use action words instead of just listing things you did at a previous job. Be sure to include your hobbies and interests as well as the jobs you have done. Employers like to see people who are driven in not only their jobs, but their lives altogether.
Focus on the Job at Hand
If you are applying for a job as a fashion stylist, they probably won't care about your previous baby-sitting experience. Make sure the things on your resume represent the job you are going for.
List Achievements, Not Responsibilities
Mention the percentage of sales that increased after your employment, or how much your biggest sale was that one holiday. Employers want to know what you can bring to the table! Use numbers to highlight these achievements.
As far as the interview goes, your non-verbal behavior is just as important as your verbal behavior. Always use great body language in an interview. Make sure your body faces the person you are talking to, and make eye contact. Be sure to give a nice firm handshake as well.
Of course, you know to dress for the job you want. But, it is possible to be overdressed. Once, I wore a suit for a shoe-store sales position, and I was more dressed than the interviewers themselves! Needless to say, I didn't get the job, but it is always good to do a little research beforehand so you know what to wear. Even if it is a designer you cannot afford, you should wear something that looks like you could wear it to that place of work.
Do Your Research
On top of researching the company's overall work style, it is also good to know a few facts about the company itself. Knowing dates is always a bonus, such as when the company began and who started it. Who are some celebrity spokespeople, and what type of charities are they sponsoring? Know your company well!
Explain Why You're the Best Person for the Job
Last, but certainly not least, you have something to prove in this tough job market. What makes you a valuable employee compared to all those looking for work right now? What can you possibly offer their company that no one else can? You should probably ask yourself this question before you go to every interview. It'll be your own personal pep talk and get you the job you really deserve.
Above all else, think positively. If you go into every interview thinking, “I know I'm not going to get this job,” chances are, you won't. Staying positive will not only land you that job you deserve, but it'll keep you afloat along the way.
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