Your resume and cover letter provide the first impression that a prospective employer will make about you, so take the time to polish them up. Make them sound professional, yet be sure to convey a bit of your personality in the cover letter. You want to be memorable enough that the person responsible for selecting new applicants will take the time to carefully consider yours.
You want to give them a reason to hire you in your cover letter and resume. You can do this effectively by pointing out your skills, your ambition, and any unique qualities that you have. Make sure you are not coming off cocky, however, as no one wants to hire a know it all; there is a difference between bragging and knowing what you do well.
Be punctual, and stick to your agreements. If a prospective employer asks you to provide them more information, do so as soon as you can. Don’t wait and put it off; make it your highest priority. Getting things done early is a good attribute to have, and your prospective employer will recognize this.
During your job search, keep all methods of communication professional. Keep the voice mail on your cell phone friendly and courteous, and encourage the caller (employer) to leave a voicemail and ensure a prompt call back. When you give out your resume, phone number, e-mail address, or any other contact information, you are inviting communication between yourself and your potential employer, so be prepared. The interview process might begin from the first point of contact, such as a phone call.
Some quick tips for marketing yourself:
- Use warm body language. Look confident, relaxed and smile. Portraying a positive image is more likely to receive a positive reception.
- Be prepared to handle all questions and objections. Don’t be afraid to break the ice by answering questions like “tell my about yourself”, or “why do you want to work at COMPANY NAME?”
- Don’t cover your face. This does not project confidence, and shows insecurity. It may seem unnatural at first, but you will eventually realize that you don’t need to be covering yourself.
- Sit up straight. Don’t slouch or put your feet up. If you are in an interview, this is more common sense than anything.
- Shake hands. Use a firm handshake. It should last long enough for you to notice the color of the other persons eyes.
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