There are a lot of factors that can affect your job search. Most job seekers tend to blame the lagging job market and the highly competitive environment it breeds. But did you know that your attitude can play a role in how successful your job hunt goes?
You want that job. You really want that job. But before you accept an employer’s job offer, you should make sure you aren’t getting yourself into a situation where every day you are dreading heading into the office.
Your goal as a job seeker is to mold yourself into the perfect candidate for the job. If this means adjusting the way you describe your skills and qualifications to match the employer’s needs, so be it. What happens, though, if you do such a good job that you find you have been deemed to be overqualified?
Entry-level job seekers and recent college graduates are two groups that arguably have it the hardest in the job search. While an influx of youthful energy is something that nonprofits want, they also need qualified workers who will help the organization grow. If you are really going to impress hiring managers, you are going to have to show a lot more than a college degree on your resume.
The most common issue that job seekers have in regards to job interviews is not getting any. The nature of the current job market is such that, while there are many jobs available, the competition is very high for those jobs. But what if you are one of the lucky ones that gets multiple interview requests in a short period of time? How do you find time to fit them all into your schedule?
It used to be that the only thing you needed to show up with to a job interview was a copy of your resume. These days, it helps to go the extra mile and bring one extra item: A visual presentation of your previous work in the form of a job portfolio.
As much as you might think otherwise, a job interview is not an interrogation; it’s a conversation. All good conversations involve anecdotes, so you should be prepared with an assortment of stories to tell the interviewer to prove that you are the right choice for the job.
Having trouble finding the job of your dreams? One effective solution to make things easier is to seek out the services of a recruiter who specializes in the industry you are looking to join. While these individuals can be a great boost to your job search, there are some things you need to consider before making the call.
Some job seekers think that there is nothing more for them to do after they complete a job interview. They think all they have to do is sit back, relax, and wait to hear back from the employer. Little do they know, there is one more step to take that can determine whether or not they get the job: Saying “thank you.”
Here’s a nightmare scenario: You’ve done countless hours of preparation for your job interview, to the point where you are very confident about your chances. So naturally, you forget all of your talking points when it comes time to talk to the hiring manager.
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