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Job Search Tips

Smile...be enthusiastic...and get there early.

The outcome of many interviews is decided during the first 10 seconds of the introduction. Greet the emplyer with a firm handshake, eye contact, and a smile. Project an enthusiastic, professional image right from the start. Characteristics that contribute to a professional image are business like attire, self-confidence, maturity, a sense of humor, warmth, and prompt, concise answers to questions. Arriving early makes a good impression. It shows appreciation for the employer's time and allows you enough time to complete the required paperwork.

Complete the application in detail. Be truthful!

Employers look at the way an application is filled out as well as the information on it. Think of it as your first assignment; an example of how you would perform on the job. Read the directions before writing. Fill in the form neatly and completely; don't write "see resume". Never misrepresent your education or work experience. Present only the facts. Always write the word "open" in the space for salary desired.

Explain how your past experience & qualifications will help you do the job.

Include specific factors that qualify you for this position. Use examples of special achievements that will help the employer picture successfully handling the job. Your OI consultant will help you prepare and present your key skills important to the position.

A positive attitude helps!

A major factor in many hiring decisions is how well the employer gets along with the applicant. To develop a good rapport, speak clearly, listen closely and show interest. When the employer says something that requires an answer, comment, smile, or nod...REACT! Body language is important too. Sit up straight in your chair, lean forward slightly and maintain eye contact. Never smoke, even if the employer does.

Ask meaningful questions about the position.

Many employers evaluate applicants by the questions they ask. Employers like specific questions about the nature of the job, the company's plans and goals, and the abilities considered most for the position. Do your homework before the interview. Researching the company is very important.

Ask the employer to describe the job.

Take an active part in the interview. One way to start is by asking the employer to describe the job. Listen carefully and mentally note each duty mentioned. This tells you how to respond. Zero in on your experience and training that relate to the position.

If you want the job, ask for it.

Many employers feel that a desire for the position is just as important as the ability to do the job. One way to do this is to ask the employer, "Do you think I can do the job?". If the answer is yes, say, "Great! When can I start?"

Answer questions by speaking in terms of the position. Emphasize what you can do for the company.

Some employers ask very broad questions like "tell me about yourself". Instead of talking about your childhood, family, or personal ambitions, mention specific accomplishments that show your abilities and determination to succeed in the job. Your answer should tell the employer why you would be an asset to the company, not why you need a job.

Discuss salary only after the employer mentions a figure.

Since you have written "open" in the space for salary desired, the employer may ask how much money you're looking for. Respond by saying, "I am very interested in the position and I'd like to earn as much money as I am qualified to earn. How much money would you offer someone with my qualifications?". If the employer makes a firm offer and you want the job, accept it on the spot. If you are doubtful or undecided, ask for a day to think it over. Nver refuse an offer of employment until you have had time to think about it and discuss it with your consultant.

Say thank you in person and in writing

State why you would be an asset to the company and express your continued interest in the position.

Ten Ways to NOT Get a Job

  1. Poor Personal Appearance
  2. Sloppy Application Form
  3. Late for the Interview
  4. Lack of Interest
  5. Speaking Badly of Previous Employers
  6. Showing Strong Prejudices
  7. Failure to Look at the Interviewer during the Interview
  8. Lack of Confidence, Exessive Nervousness
  9. Too Much Emphasis on Money
  10. Lack of Manners and Courtesy


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