How to Impress a Potential Employer

With the current state of the economy, a large number of people are currently searching for jobs. Even those who are well qualified, and who would have been snapped up at a good salary during better times, are struggling to find work at all; let alone a position which pays as well as they would like. If you’re looking for employment and you want to know how to impress employers, boosting your chances of securing a job, then read on for some tips.

Write a Great Resume (CV)

One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make (and I’m sure you will have heard this before) is to type up a single resume and then send it off to dozens of potential employers. This is a poor approach. At a time when every position, even the lowest-paid, is subject to massive competition, then you need to do everything you can to prevent your resume from being thrown out. This means that you cannot use the same resume more than a couple of times, purely because the companies you are applying to will be looking for different things. You need to adapt to fit in with the climate of each job. Think back to the recruitment advertising; which characteristics and qualifications are the company looking for? If the corporate culture is one which emphasises well being and the importance of health, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to mention fitness or sport in the ‘Profile’ section of your resume. Similarly, if a business stresses varied practical experience over academic qualifications, make sure that this is what is emphasized. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to resumes.

Master the Interview Process

Interviews aren’t exactly the ideal way to get to know an applicant, as Lucy Kellaway points out in her Financial Times column. They provoke such formulaic and, frankly, boring answers that it can often be difficult to distinguish between candidates with similar life experiences. Nevertheless, we are lumbered with the interview as it remains the most effective way to assess someone’s suitability for most roles. You need to think about how you can make a good impression on the interviewer, enabling you to stand out. Of course, you want to be well prepared – think about what type of question you are likely to be asked and learn good answers for them, read up on the industry if you aren’t intimately familiar with it, and try to concoct a question or two of your own, as employers often ask this at the end of each interview. Aside from that, you need to be personable. Look your interviewer in the eye, shake their hand firmly. You’re trying to leave them with the impression that you can get the job done. You would also do well to bring your prior experiences in when answering questions. For example, if asked about how you would handle a tricky employee, think back to previous ‘people management’ experiences. These could have been at work, during sports, or any other potentially interesting chapter of your life

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