Are you one of the 5.5 million people who left their jobs in December of 2018? Are you trying to take advantage of the 7.3 million job openings reported over the same period? Whatever your situation, the fact remains that there has never been a better time to be a candidate. With such a competitive market, workers across the country are leaving their old roles for greener pastures. Before you set out on your own journey towards a new career, it’s best to revisit some basics you may have forgotten. It may have been a while since your last job search.
This one is so obvious it seems laughable, but it goes further than one would initially assume. Clearly, you should shake hands and introduce yourself to the people conducting your interview. Please, thank you, and eye contact can only go so far with potential employers or managers. Respect for the leadership is a given, but how do you treat everyone else? You never know who is watching, or who’s opinion will play a large part in your hiring decision.
When you arrive at a job interview, talk with the office administrator or secretary for a few minutes instead of burying your head in your phone. Being open and friendly, as well as polite leaves a lasting impression. If you have the skills and experience, any indication that you are enjoyable to be around will set you apart from the competition.
Update Your Credentials
This is especially true if it has been a while since your last job search. It’s crucial you re-evaluate your resume, beginning with removing any materials or information that is irrelevant or unnecessary. Items like a personal address or being an expert in Microsoft Word have become dated, and you can read more about what not to put on your resume, here. You should also update your resume with any new relevant skills or experiences you have obtained since you last searched for a job.
Remember to review any references you’ve listed, ensuring contact information is up to date, and reach out so they know someone may be contacting them. You should repeat the steps listed above online on your LinkedIn account. If you are unfamiliar with LinkedIn, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Click here to learn more about the best practices for your LinkedIn profile. Also, remember to review any other social media accounts. A potential employer will likely research their candidates to the best of their ability, and this often begins with personal social media accounts. Now is the best time to un-tag yourself from that embarrassing photo.
Be polite. Be professional. But don’t be a robot. While relevant skills and experiences are a necessity, your potential employer is searching for other traits too. With companies valuing culture fit and soft skills more and more, your personality is what will likely tip the scales in your favor, and ultimately land you the job. It’s one thing to be capable of the work. It’s another to be someone that people want to be around and work with.