Get Ready for Your Next Job Interview

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Interviews can be stressful – but if you prepare well, they can be enjoyable. And when you prepare thoroughly for an interview, you’ll show the hiring manager that you’ll go the extra mile if you’re hired for the job.

Use these three tips to make the best impression at your next job interview:

  • Research the employer – Learn why the company may be a good fit for you before the interview. Use the employer’s website and internet searches to learn about the company, its history, locations, products and services. Look for recent company press releases and news articles.
  • Research your interviewer – Interviewers are more likely to hire someone who has something in common with them. Learn everything you can about the interviewer including their background, interests and mutual connections you may have. Use the power of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other networks to ask people in your network if they have any connections to the interviewer.
  • Practice your opening and close – People tend to remember the beginning and the end of a conversation. Practice what you’ll say at the start and end of your interview – in the mirror, with a friend or with a job coach – so those parts will go smoothly.

Unlock the Power of LinkedIn

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Employers make half of their hires through their network. The top networking site is LinkedIn, with over 400 million users. It allows job seekers and employers to quickly research each other and find common network connections who can speak in depth about a job seeker’s character – something a resume can’t do. Fortunately, most of LinkedIn’s key features are free.

Follow these important steps on LinkedIn to open the door to jobs already in your network.

Optimize your profile – To get, on average, 21 times more profile views, detail your experience with keywords, skills and accomplishments that highlight your capabilities; write a sharp, short headline to reflect your brand and upload a professional-looking photo.

Activate your current network– Upload your email or other contact list to quickly expand your network with friends who are already on LinkedIn.

Find jobs and target employers– Search for openings in your area in the “Jobs” feature and find connections who can give you a warm introduction or go directly to the company LinkedIn profile and enter the target employer’s name in the search bar.

Following up with hiring managers– Stay connected on LinkedIn once you have had an interview or contacted someone to network for a job. Consider inviting the hiring manager to connect and/or comment on one of their LinkedIn postings. It will show your interest and keep your name in front of them without being annoying.

Are you using a Job Board Aggregator in your Job Search?

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Did you know you can search for job postings from popular sites like Monster and CareerBuilder and have them sent to your email box automatically through Indeed.com? Indeed is the largest job board in the world, and fortunately, it’s free to use.

To find jobs and set up your automated job search:

  • Search– Go to indeed.com and enter your desired job and location in the “What” and “Where” fields fields. Click “Find Jobs,” then narrow the list, if you like, using the filters on the results screen.
  • Automate– Simply enter your email address in the “Get new jobs for this search by email” field to have new job postings sent to you for that search on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Repeat – You can set up searches for as many jobs and locations as you like and cancel a search at anytime. You can also enter your resume into Indeed to let employers find you.

Rather than spending all your time searching through job postings on various sites, use a job board aggregator and spend more time networking.

 

The Rule of Three’s

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Most job seekers aren’t sure how to follow up after an interview or submitting an application – not knowing when an employer will call or when to follow up if they don’t. Don’t miss this important step. Employers often watch how you work on your job search to assess how you’ll work in the job.

Follow these keys to effective follow up:

  • Follow the “Rule of Three’s”– In the first 5 to 7 days after submitting your resume or application, follow up by phone or in person and express interest in the position. If you don’t receive a response within two weeks, try again by email or send a message through LinkedIn. If you still haven’t received a response after a month, consider sending a handwritten note. Continue following up every few weeks to touch base on the progress of the search until the position is filled.
  • Make the extra effort– Always follow up with a thank you note within 24 hours of any interview. Send an email as well as a handwritten thank you card. The extra effort and the sincere appreciation for their time will speak volumes as to what kind of employee and coworker you will be. Be sure to also let them know you are interested in going to the next step!
  • Be persistent– Don’t get discouraged. If you don’t receive a response, don’t stop making phone calls. Even if it’s uncomfortable, remember to be confident. If you’ve done your research, the employers you’ve picked will be lucky to have you. Even if they’ve chosen another applicant, you may get a job lead for another position with the company by demonstrating your interest and professionalism.

3 Advantages to Holiday Job Search

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3 Advantages to Holiday Job Search

Job seekers often slow down their job search during the holidays and assume employers are not hiring or interviewing. But, according to studies, over one-third of employers expect to add employees during the fourth quarter including over the holiday season.

Here are three reasons why ramping up your job search over the holidays will give you an advantage:

  • You’ll have less competition– While other job seekers are taking time off of their job hunt, you should increase your activity. It will demonstrate your commitment to your future employer, and make it easier on the hiring manager.
  • Hiring managers are more available – Although holidays can be busy, hiring managers’ calendars are often unscheduled, allowing them time to attend holiday gatherings, clean out files and plan for the new year. Reach out by phone or preferably in person to follow up on your application or schedule an informational interview.
  • You’ll gain momentum for the New Year – While other candidates will just be trying to rekindle their job search, yours will remain strong and your relationships with employers will be primed for start of the year hiring decisions.

The NextJob Team

P.S. Consider seasonal work or volunteer opportunities during the holidays while you continue your job search. You’ll expand your network and gain new experience, knowledge and connections that may lead to a full-time opportunity.

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