Typically during the holiday season, aside from retail, many businesses tend to slow down and put hiring on hold. However, this doesn’t mean that you should wait around until the New Year when things start to pick back up again to prepare for your job search. Instead, use the next few weeks to prepare and make sure you are at the top of your game when you are asked to come in for an interview! You can take action now with the following three tips.
Revamp Your Resume
When was the last time your resume was updated? Is your resume tailored to the job you are applying for? Now is the time to prepare for your job search by making those changes! Make your resume clear, concise and relevant to the position you are applying. If possible keep it to at least two pages, if not one page.
Ensure there aren’t spelling or grammar errors. Also make sure your dates of employment are accurate as well as detailed of what you did at each position. Resume creation isn’t easy for everyone, but there are several resources online that have pre-made resumes and all you have to do is write in your information and job history. Check out this post for more tips.
Include a Cover Letter and References
Not many people use cover letters when submitting applications, but they can be a great tool in separating you from other applicants. Your cover letters don’t need to be long, just a couple of short paragraphs that show off your skills and why you should be considered for the position you are applying for.
Also include references that can back up your abilities and knowledge. These can be included on the cover letter or end of your resume. You only need 2-3 references, but having a couple of people who can attest to your work ethic is a major plus!
Prepare for Interview Questions
Each interviewer is going to have their own set of questions that they ask each person, but every interviewer wants to find out the same thing: what makes you the best fit for this job? Have an answer for what makes you stand out from other people in your field. It helps if you are able to provide examples of ways that you have helped a former employer save money or helped streamline work processes to make day to day work easier.
It is easy to get nervous during interviews, but as long as you make eye contact, smile and stay engaged then the person interviewing you will not notice. Ask friends or family to help you practice by role playing a mock interview.
During this slow period is when you need to prepare for your job search so that you can market yourself to employers. With an updated resume, cover letter, references, and having some prepared answers to common employer questions, you can get out ahead of the pack and be a top candidate when applying to positions!
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