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Job Hunting Tips
For the individuals that have just been made redundant or are preparing themselves for a layoff, this translates into an increasingly competitive job search.
There is a great deal of difference between a standard CD and an executive’s resume. As an executive, there will be much more that is expected of you and your resume has to reflect that you are up to the challenge to deliver the goods. This way, it will position you in the mind of the employer who is ready to groom you.
You have to present yourself as successfully as possible. The entire market is your arena and you have to play it in such a way that you receive maximum attention. Think of your prospective employers as buyers of your product and target only those why you think suitable. In writing an executive resume, remember that your prospective employer is not going to look at what you have already done, but what you can do. Therefore your major focus must not be on past achievements.
Keep the resume short and to the point. Two pages is enough. Make it easy to read – no fancy fonts please! Resumes are scanned in less than 50 seconds, so you want most of it to make the right impression.
A lot of headhunters recommend that you so more than talk about your accomplishments. An employer is looking for very specific, qualified background information. So, you could present a proposal in addition to your resume that outlines your ideas to take the company further.
Draw a list of a least 10 companies, broken down into what they could offer you and what you could give them. Jobs can be created for the right people and if you have the ability to market yourself successfully, then the position could be yours whether or not an opening exists in the company.
No matter how well qualified you may seem ‘on paper’ for a job, when recruiting, an employer will still be interested in your personality and presentation. Indeed with more than one suitable applicant for a role, interview performance is often the deciding factor in getting the job. This makes the face-to-face meeting a critical part of the recruitment process and you will need to impress from the start. If you are having a telephone interview, try and get your personality across by having a very positive telephone voice, speaking clearly and precisely. The following preparation guidelines below will help you overcome interview nerves and instil confidence for a productive meeting with your potential employer.
- Double-check the date, time and location of the interview and be familiar with the name and title of the interviewer. Take your interview confirmation letter with you.
- Prepare your interview outfit in advance – all of it. Ensure your appearance is both smart and comfortable.
- Familiarize yourself with the journey to the location, to ensure you arrive in plenty of time. If driving, do a ‘dummy run’.
- Anticipate delays, especially on unknown routes. Contact your interviewer swiftly if you unavoidably delayed on the day.
- Do not arrive over-laden with belongings! Take any requested certificates, references etc, a spare resume and a notepad and pen. A mobile phone is always useful, but ensure it is turned off before arriving at reception.
- Be punctual for your meeting, but it is inadvisable to arrive more than an hour early. Leave yourself enough tiem to use the restroom and freshen up if necessary.
- Remember that you start making an impression on your prospective employer the moment you arrive at reception. Be courteous to the receptionist and any other staff you may meet prior to your interview. The opinion of you is often sought and may even have some influence of the final selection.
Find out as much information as possible about your prospective employer in advance. Many now have websites which are packed with information. Familiarize yourself with mission statements, past performance, future goals and current analyst ratings. Be aware that if your prospective employer does not have a comprehensive website, you may seriously compromise your chances if it becomes apparent you have not taken time to research it.
If there is no company website, it is still easy to research your employer. All national newspapers and professional magazines have online sites with archive articles. You can also use search engines such as Google, by entering the company name. Talk to anyone you know who has worked at the organisation. If all else fails, try phoning the company and requesting general information.
Greet your interviewer standing, with a strong, firm handshake and a smile! Good body language is vital. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Speak clearly and confidently. Try and maintain a comfortable level of eye contact throughout. A standard interview will generally start withan introductory chat, moving on to questions specific to your application and experience. General information about the company and role may follow, finishing with an opportunity for you to ask your own questions.
Be familiar with you resume and prepared to answer questions from it. Similarly, ensure you have read any job description thoroughly and think of ways in which your experience will benefit your potential employer.
LISTEN to what is being asked of you. Think about your answers to more difficult questions and do not give irrelevant detail. Give positive examples from your experience to date, but be concise. Avoid one word answers, however. Prepare yourself in advance for likely questions.
Be ready to ask questions that you have prepared beforehand. This can demonstrate you have thought about the role and done some research on the organisation. Ensure they are open, thus encouraging the interviewer to provide you with some additional information.
Show your enthusiasm for the role, even if you have some reservations. these can be discussed at a later stage.
Hudson Nutley & Leggett have put together some hopefully useful tips that will guide you through this difficult period and give you an advantage to find the right job during this period.
Stay Organized: You as the individual are now soliciting more companies and networking with more people to find the next job. This requires you to be extremely organized during your job search. Establish a centralized database to store information, such as: the company and interviewer’s name and title; the company’s products and services; the date of the job interview; and the status of interviews, thank you notes, and other follow-up tasks.
Focus Your Accomplishments: A resume is a perfect place to boast. Clearly list key accomplishments, and the correlating impact under each job listing. Each impact statement should begin with the results of the achievement. For example, “Cut overhead costs by 25 percent by streamlining workflow and centralizing operations.” Load the resume with active verbs and keyword nouns. Active verbs sell the employer and keyword nouns increase the odds of your resume being found in a resume database.
Consider a Functional Resume: If you are considering a career transition–as is the case for many job seekers in recently impacted fields, such as the construction and Oil & Gas industries–a functional resume is needed. A functional resume highlights cross-over skills and achievements and downplays job titles and industries. This is an ideal way to show prospective employers that you’re perfect for the job, even though your experience may not be directly related.
Research and Prepare: Make a distinct impression by being the best-prepared job candidate. Research information on the company before the interview, and use this information to ask educated questions during the interview. Some employers have even interviewed candidates who were armed with a printout highlighting important facts about the company’s products and services found on the company’s website.
Follow-up Frequently: Since our clients are now interviewing many job seekers for one position, it is important to regularly remind your recruitment consultant that you are still available and interested. Reminders work well through frequent follow-up with phone calls, e-mails, and written notes.
Be Realistic about your salary expectations: The high-flying days of the dot.com era are history. Have realistic expectations while negotiating a compensation package. Research the competitive salary range for the position within the specific geographic region, along with vacation time, and other components of a compensation package. Hold out for you’re worth, but be open and flexible. And remember to always let the employer bring up the topic of compensation first.
Present Sample Work: Since you want to stand out from the rest of the competition, impress prospective employers by bringing a portfolio of best work samples to the interview, even if it was not requested. Compile both recent and dated samples of work to demonstrate expertise and results achieved at prior jobs. Be ready to discuss the ideas and strategy behind each sample.
The market is fierce when it comes to finding a job today, but job seekers who follow these tips are sure to come out on top.
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