Finding a job in the career field you want can be very difficult. I know from personal experience that it can be a long and exhausting process. At times, it can even be discouraging. The frustration comes in when you go on interview after interview and you still don’t have any offers.
Here are a few tips that may help the process:
- Make Sure your Resume Is On Point
This is probably one of the most important things you can do when searching for a job. I update my resume every 2-3 months, especially when I have a new job or have been volunteering. You want to make sure that it is very neat, ALL of the information is correct and formatted in a structured way. Remember to use proper grammar and descriptive words when explaining your many roles in a position. Lastly, remember that presentation is everything! This will give the employer a sense of your professionalism before you even meet them.
Tip: Try using resume paper and a professional heading!
- Make Your Resume Accessible
You can do this by signing up for sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, and Careerbuilder. Of course, there are a long list of job boards that you may go on, but these are a few that I have used myself. These sites make it easier for an employer to get a good look at your resume and for them to contact you directly if they think they have a position that may fit your expertise.
- Preparing for the Interview
Before going on the interview, brush up on your interviewing skills. If you are a college student, tap into your resources and see what your school’s Career Services program can offer such as resume tips or mock interviewing. It is also essential that you research the “ins and outs” of the actual position you are interviewing for (you want to be well versed in this area). It is also important to do research of the company you are interviewing for. Lastly, remember to print off at least 2 resumes for your employer(s), prepare at least 3 questions for the employer, and get attire ready at least the day before.
- During The Interview
This is the most important part! No matter how many interviews you may go on, always make the interviewer feel as though you are excited to meet them. Make sure you open the interview with a firm handshake, an inviting smile and eye contact. During the interview, make sure to watch your body language and if you talk with your hands like I do, make sure you stay within a small box to not bring too much attention to it. Remember to think through your answers carefully and thoroughly before answering each question. Note: When answering behavioral/situational questions, make sure to briefly discuss the background of the situation, what you did during the situation, and how the situation ended (be sure to add what you could do better next time).
- After the Interview
Following-up is key! Make sure to send the interviewer an email or a note thanking them for their time, remember to add your contact information once more. Also make sure that you clean up any social media networking sites. Lastly, sometimes employers may not call you back at all. Make sure to follow up with them to see what the status of your application is. Note: Don’t be discouraged if you never hear from employers, they probably have a lot of candidates in the hiring process – don’t take it personally!
Those are the tips! I hope that these tips help you prepare for the interview, while giving encouragement even if there are no offers. Do not lose hope! What is meant for you is meant for you, put your best foot forward and believe that you can do it. Go out there and kill it people!