As a job seeker, you may think it’s enough to just get our your old resume, tweak it a little, and blast it out to as many companies as you can. You’ll handle specifics once you get an interview, right? Actually, you have a lot of work to do between deciding on a job hunt and the interview. For this week’s 5 for Friday, we rounded up some articles to help you prepare for a successful job search.
- How to Dust Off the Old Resume. ABC Local: “You want to list all your relevant experience for the job you’re applying for, but don’t list all short term jobs you’ve had because that will cloud your focus. If you have a gap in between your relevant jobs, then do explain so employers aren’t left guessing.”
- 10 Dumb Things Real Job Candidates Do. Parade: “The worst thing you can do in a cover letter is get the information completely wrong. An applicant wrote, “I am interested in the internship because I find the services that the foundation offers are interesting and exciting.” What foundation? My company is not a foundation. Do your research to avoid getting the details wrong.”
- 7 Online Resources That Will Help You Prepare for Your Next Job Interview. Business Insider: “As you research on these sites, write down any questions that occur to you. Then, before the interview, choose the best questions to ask during the interviews, those that demonstrate you’ve done your research and will also draw out responses important to your decision. Your research online will not only demonstrate your genuine interest to interviewers; it will also help you decide whether you really want to work for that employer.”
- 7 Tips for Casting Away Interview Jitters. US News & World Report: “Anticipate what you might encounter, and rehearse how you will deal with it. Articles and books abound to help you anticipate many of the questions you are likely to encounter. You can minimize your fear of the situation by practicing out loud how you would respond. Above all, be prepared for the almost invariable first question: “Tell me about yourself.”
- Before the Job Interview, Do Your Homework. The New York Times: “Familiarize yourself with the company’s products or services and look for ways, even small ones, to possibly expand or add value. Note the positives, then talk about opportunities you see, says Moses Lee, C.E.O. of Seelio, a platform that lets students and recent college graduates post samples of their work and search for jobs. “Let’s say you are talking about a recent marketing campaign,” he says. “You could say, ‘I enjoyed that campaign and if I had the opportunity to work on it, I might frame it so it resonated with millennials, too.’ ”