If you’re like some individuals, you may have been on several interviews and wonder why your phone’s not ringing with job offer after job offer. While you can’t get every single job you apply for and it may not be your fault, it actually MIGHT be. See if any of these sound familiar to you:
1. Your interview skills are mediocre. In the tough job market, you have to set yourself apart in your interview. Make sure you’re prepared and you communicate why you are the best candidate for the job.
2. Your cover letter is ‘blah’. Your cover letter is the first thing that a prospective employer sees. Don’t reiterate the same information contained in your resume. Instead, take the time to give the employer additional information on why you would be a good fit for the position.
3. You act disinterested. If you’re less than enthusiastic in a job interview, the hiring manager may get the impression that you don’t want the job. While many applicants are worried about being over-enthusiastic- don’t be. Show the interviewer that you are not only the best candidate for the job, but that you also want the job. No one wants to hire a person who doesn’t seem very interested in the job or the company.
4. You aren’t detail-oriented. It’s true what they say: the devil is in the details. Every time you engage an individual at the company, you need to be polished at your best. This includes not only the way you speak to the person in charge of hiring, but also to his or her assistant. If you’re rude somewhere in the chain, rest assured, it will get back to the hiring manager. Also, make sure that you follow-up with an appropriate thank-you- either via a handwritten note or a well thought-out email. In addition, make sure you spell check all communications. You can have a perfect resume and cover letter and completely blow it in the follow up!
5. You fail to highlight your achievements. Your resume may be perfectly formatted and detail the descriptions of your previous jobs, it may not show your achievements. Make sure when you create a resume that you emphasize your achievements in your roles. This one detail can set you apart from every other job applicant!
If you’ve reviewed the above and you’ve gotten everything right, don’t despair. In the present economy, it’s difficult for even the most qualified candidate to find a job. Keep at it- perseverance is THE KEY!
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Don’t let anyone tell you any differently: right NOW is the time to begin hunting for a summer job! And, make no mistake, it’s still difficult to land a job, no matter the industry, but you can land a great summer job if you start NOW and follow a few simple tips.
1. Target job markets that have a peak summer season such as theme parks, hotel jobs, and restaurant jobs. Many times, jobs within these industries have a wide variety of openings- don’t be afraid to ask if there are any available positions within your desired field!
2. Don’t discount any potential opportunities! If you have very little job experience, like it or not, you may have to take an entry-level job and work your way up. Consider it a part of paying your dues!
3. Make good use of the career office at your college. Often times, companies post their available summer jobs ONLY at the career center on college campuses. Make sure you check the sources at the career center regularly.
4. Network with your college instructors. No one else is better connected in your field of study than your college professors. Let them know you’re looking for a summer job in your field and don’t be afraid to ask them for a recommendation. Good connections are hard to come by!
5. Be willing to relocate or even stay put. Many times, college towns become empty in the summer as lots of students return home to their families. This can provide fantastic job opportunities for students who are willing to stick around during the summer. Conversely, if you’re the adventurous type, consider moving to a new location known for having plenty of summer jobs- places like resort towns. Being flexible is key when trying to find suitable summer employment.
6. If you had a job previously in the summer, go re-apply for that same position. Employers love hiring a well-trained, ready-made employee. And, if you left your previous summer job on a good note, chances are you’ll be a shoe-in this summer!
7. If you’re getting close to crunch time and you haven’t landed a summer gig, try contacting several temp agencies in your area. While some of the available may not last the duration of the summer, you may get lucky and land one that’s permanent, not just seasonal.
When looking for a summer job, be flexible, keep your ear to the ground, and evaluate all possibilities. Start early and be persistent!
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You may have been there before- an eager job candidate, who possesses every single thing that the position needs… but, alas, you possess too much!
How is that so? Wouldn’t a company prefer to hire an OVERQUALIFIED candidate as opposed to hiring someone who’s under qualified? Well the answer may be shocking: they’d rather hire neither of you.
Yes, you read that right! But, why is being overqualified for a position such a bad thing? To understand the answers to this complex question, you have to put yourselves into the shoes of the interviewer.
Firstly, an overqualified job candidate may be unwilling to do the jobs that seem menial- the jobs that are meant for, well, someone who’s not as qualified as them.
Secondly, an overqualified job seeker may become bored quickly with the position and won’t see it as challenging. And, boredom often leads to apathy and an apathetic employee is rarely a good thing.
Thirdly, interviewers often times seem overqualified candidates as merely using the job as a placeholder and a way to pay the bills until something better comes along. It’s difficult for an interviewer to think about investing significant time and money into training an individual only to have them leave after a few months.
Fourthly, and you’ll never get them to admit it but, some managers may be threatened by your mere presence. Yes, really! Instead of being comfortable in their own skin and confident in the value they add to the company, they’re worried about the opportunities you may take away from them. How can any team grow with that kind of scrutiny and pressure and with that level of distrust? Simple. They can’t.
So, if you’ve found yourself in the position of being overqualified for a job, you may want to address the issue before the close of the interview. Generally speaking, an interviewer will give you a chance to add anything you feel may help them make a decision about you. Take this opportunity to say, “It may seem that I am overqualified for this position, however I’m deeply interested and committed to becoming a long-term team member with your company because you’re a leader in the industry and there’s a lot I could learn from each team member.” In addition, put the interviewers mind at ease further by assuring them that you’re aware each job comes with tasks that aren’t always fun and challenging, but you’re more than willing to complete those tasks just as you would any other task- to the best of your ability!
By being open and honest, and confronting a challenging issue head on, you’ll show the interviewer that you aren’t afraid to be bold and that you’re vested in making the team work.
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