Tips for job seekers
There are several things every job seeker has to consider when looking for a job. Having a well-written resume and cover letter is important. It’s also crucial to make a strong impression during the interview process.
Fortunately, in Castlegar and the region there are a few places where one can go to get great help such as Kootenay Career Development Society (KCDS) and Ashland Training Centre.
“If you’re a job seeker who wants to land the right job with the right company, your resume and cover letter have to emphasize the skills, knowledge, and abilities that you have and that employers need,”
said Leni Normington, employment councillor at KCDS.
“In today’s information and technology age you have to know how to present yourself to prospective employers and repackage yourself to target their needs. The major purpose of a resume and cover letter is to get you an interview. Not getting interviews with your existing resume? Then contact KCDS and reboot that job search for better results.”
Top-10 tips for a successful job interview
1. Dress for success. Professional business clothes are always appropriate, regardless of the type of job you are interviewing for. Proper hygiene and a tidy appearance are important. Iron your clothes if you can, and avoid strong perfumes or colognes.
2. Be there on time. Try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to be safe. Find out ahead of time where you’re going and how long it will take to get there. Drive or travel the route a day or two ahead, at the same time of day as you will on the day of the interview. Confirm how often the buses run. Have a back-up plan.
3. Let your personality shine. If you’re excited about the job, don’t be afraid to show it. Employers want passionate employees, so be yourself. Just remember to always keep it professional.
4. Be confident. Feeling nervous in an interview is perfectly normal; just don’t let your nerves overpower your interview. Eye contact and a calm, clear speaking voice are excellent ways to show your confidence.
5. Watch your body language. During your interview, relax and sit naturally, but don’t slouch in your chair or lean on the interviewer’s desk. Avoid chewing gum, or fidgeting with jewelry or your hair.
6. Be professional. This begins with a smile and a firm handshake. Remember, this is your first introduction to the organization, so be polite to everyone you meet and turn off your cell phone.
7. Listen and ask for clarification, if you need it. Remember to listen carefully to the interview questions so that you actually answer the question, and never interrupt. If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
8. Let them know what you have to offer. When answering the questions, let the employer see what you have to offer their organization. Talk about your past experiences and accomplishments without bragging, and tie those experiences to how they can help you contribute to their organization.
9. Think before you speak. Although you want to be open and honest in your interview, avoid talking about your personal or financial problems.
10. Don’t linger. Leave as soon as the interview is over, making sure you don’t linger. Shake the interviewer’s hand again, restate your interest in working for the organization, and thank them for the interview.