You may have perfected your resume, but chances are if you’re applying for more than one position or across industries, there are different versions of what it could look like. You want your CV or resume to look as close to the ideal one would be for the position you’re applying for, and though this may not always be practically possible, generating different versions so you have something that makes you look like best possible sales candidate as well as the best possible operations candidate will ensure you’re maximising your chances of being called to interview.
Most of us dread walking into a room in a stiff blazer, having to pitch ourselves to someone we know is judging everything we say. The best way to get over this is by practicing to the point it no longer feels unnatural, and having a friend or a mentor be able to do this with you makes all the difference between having a standard interview and one that leaves the hirer convinced you’re the candidate they want. As boring or nerve-wracking as it might be, practicing will go a long way in ensuring you’re doing the best you can to secure an offer.
It is kind of difficult to justify not creating an online portfolio or having a LinkedIn Profile during a time when most jobs are advertised and promoted on the Internet. Recruiters and candidates alike are spending more and more time on the web, so ensure you’ve updated your various social media accounts, depending on your interests, and make sure to connect with people who’re in fields or positions you may want to be engaged in yourself.
Saying that you enjoy writing but not actually doing any of it in your spare time will do little to show your employers they can trust what you’re saying. It’s worth investing in what you are passionate about, even if it has little to do with the industry you’re in, because most employers want to see people who are engaged and enthused by work.
You’re bound to meet a lot of interesting people when you’re working, and not all of them may be able to offer you a job, but chances are they may be able to help you (or vice versa) somewhere down the line. Write thank you letters after interviews, and attend networking events in industries you’re interested in – the value of a personal connection turns out to be a great asset in the modern workplace.
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