When looking for a job, the competition can be fierce. So it’s important that you show off and stand out amongst the many applicants that a potential employer will receive when recruiting. Here is how to show yourself off to potential employers.
Work On Updating Your Resume
Your resume should be a work in progress and every role you apply for. You should be slightly tweaking it to suit the role in question. It might also be a good idea to get corporate headshots, particularly in scenarios where you’re applying for a corporate position. Presentation is key and so to stand out, you want to give a visual view of who you are. Photos are a good way of showing that! Update your resume every time you get some form of professional experience, even if it’s voluntary and do the same for your skillset.
Do Research On The Company
One thing an interviewer is likely to ask you is what you know about the company. This is usually one of the first questions that they ask in order to filter through interviewees of who is actually interested in working for the company and not just for the role advertised. So it’s good practice to do an ample amount of research to find out the basics about the company and anything relevant to the department or role that you may be recruited into. The more that you do know, the better.
Have A Portfolio Of Work
Depending on your career, you may have examples of previous work that you’ve done for clients and other companies. It’s a good idea to have a physical portfolio of what you’ve done previously that you can present at your interview and perhaps leave with the employer to look through. A portfolio will show any potential employer that you are passionate about your work and that you are keen to show off your previous, successful ventures. No matter how big or small it may be, include it.
When you get into the interview room, they will ask you plenty of questions but that all important ‘have you got any questions for us?’ should be used to its full advantage. They want you to ask questions no matter how lengthy the answers might be because it’s showing you have an interest in learning more. If you’re after some inspiration and are struggling to think of some, here are some suggestions.
‘What does a typical day look like for this role?’
‘What are you looking to gain from the employee?’
‘What do you love about the company?’
Asking questions like this will also build your connection with the interviewer, and you’ll leave a more lasting impression that may just be what you need to secure the job.
Don’t get disheartened when applying to jobs where you don’t get an interview or fall at the last hurdle. It’s all a learning experience and a sign that this position isn’t right for you at this moment in time.
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