You’ve decided that it’s time for a career change. As your walking into the building of a new company for an interview, you notice five other people sitting with resumes in their hand. As you wait for your name to be called, you see three more people walking in. Suddenly, it all becomes real just how competitive job searching is.
Lucky for you, we are here to help.
Besides reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Negotiating Salaries, Cover Letters are the Worst, and How to Make a Great First Impression, here are a few more tips to give you a leg up over the the competition.
What does the position require? How do your skills fulfill that? Furthermore, Look up potential questions of the position your applying for. Lastly, dig into information about the company. Research what’s going on in the company. Are there any major moves going on?
Polish your resume.
Give your resume a makeover. Update it to contain buzzwords and highlights of important skills you’ve acquired on your previous job. You don’t want your resume to be longer than a page. That means picking and choosing a fraction of what you’ve actually done. Make different versions on your resume. One might highlight being teamwork oriented with hands-on experience with software operations while another might highlight how you spearheaded the development of software. Depending on what the new position is looking for, one job might be more interested in different skills versus another job opportunity.
Dress the part.
Humans are very visual beings, and first impression are everything. When you dress for an interview, the rule of thumb is “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Switch out the button up with jeans for a pair of khakis or dress pants. Ditch the coffee stained tie for a crisp and clean looking one. Wear the best your wardrobe has to offer.
Leave a business card.
If you have one, use it. If you don’t have one, make one.There are a ton of places you can easily design and print for a reasonable cost. Think about how many people are going to walk into that office for an interview. Multiple faces just mesh into one; people get lost in the mix. You need something to make yourself stand out. The card should include current contact information, skills, specialties, and a glimpse of you.
Always follow up.
Send a thank you email. Thank them for the opportunity and mention how you look forward to speaking with them again soon. Again, that interviewer has spoke with many people. Not only does it give you a personal touch, but it shows you are very interested in this position.