It can be daunting to find a new job. Unless you’re using a career coach, hunting for a new job is a lot of work in and of itself. But if you’re ready to take your career to the next level in compensation, to take on new challenges or to improve your work schedule, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to business. But before you leave your current job for a new opportunity, it’s best to take some time to prepare yourself and your resume for a successful interview process. That starts by knowing the top three qualities interviewers look for in a candidate.
Not only should your resume contain pertinent information about your work history and contact information, it should also look professional. While you don’t have to hire a graphic designer to turn your resume into a work of art, it should be well-organized, be in one or two fonts only, and fit on one page.
In addition, have a trusted friend, mentor or career coach also check your spelling and grammar. For most jobs, you’ll be competing against other candidates with your same skill level, and a sloppy resume can be the difference between being hired or not. Also, check out this blog about the number one resume mistake candidates make.
Once you make it through the screening process, the next step is an interview. Whether in-person or via video, make sure your attire is neat and tidy. Even if the job you’re applying for will require a uniform, potential employers may consider the way you show up for your interview as an indicator of how serious you are about the career opportunity! Also, dress at least one step up. If the job is in an office, wear your best suit. If the job allows casual attire, wear business casual attire.
Be certain your clothing is clean, non-wrinkled and stain and tear-free. In addition, your personal grooming habits are key. Make sure your hair is tidy and clean. Also, avoid any overwhelming scents because body odor or strong perfumes can be distracting! You want the interviewer to focus on what you have to say.
Don’t Forget Your Personality
Whether you’re interacting with customers or just co-workers, interviewers are far more likely to hire candidates who are pleasant and personable. It’s normal to be nervous during your interview, but do your best to hide your nerves. Remember to smile!
Also, in the age of texting, remember to make eye contact. That says a lot and will go a long way when introducing yourself. Immediately following your interview, be sure to email or snail mail a thank you note to your interviewer. This step really can make the difference between being hired or not!
At C.Rice Global, we are a liaison between automotive companies and job seekers. Not only do we connect you with employers, but we help prepare you for your interview with a potential employer. We never charge job-seekers and are ready to place you in one of our many exciting and high-paying career. For more tips and our latest career opportunities, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or YouTube.