4 Tips for you to consider...first up is something most of us forget about...go ahead and google your name...see what comes up...or check out your fb profile and view it as someone you aren't close to...are your pictures locked down? Did you rant and rave about something 3 weeks ago? That awesome karaoke video of you getting lots of views? Eep!
Not having any social media presence can be a red flag too (they could be thinking you are not up on technology, no personality, no community to connect to).
So we dance a fine line - what we post, contribute to, share and like is potentially all there for an employer to see - and then make a judgement call on.
What's a job seeker to do? Clean up your profiles on FB, Twitter, Instagram and get working on your Linked In.
We want to present the best, happiest, and most professional version of ourselves online!
We need to get laser focused on the employer and job you are aiming for. Most of us have learned the hard way - printing off 50 resumes and handing them out to employers might have worked in 1994 - (yep...I did that! On dot matrix printer paper too!) Today we have to think about what the employer needs and connect our experiences and skills to show our value.
Use the words in the job posting (if there is one).
Do some research about that company and use that research in your cover letter to show how you can be an asset to them. (psst...or better yet reach out over Twitter or LinkedIn if you want to really grab their attention).
Omit details that don't speak to the employer and emphasize the points that are relevant to the job. Get a friend to be your ruthless editor.
Create a master resume that can be used as your inventory of awesomeness - when a job comes up you can pull from that master resume to create a targeted application.
Google the company, go to their website, check out their LinkedIn and other social media platforms, find out where they are located exactly, what do they do, who are their competitors - you get the idea;)
Next we need to prepare our answers to all the general questions and think about 3-5 success stories you want to share.
75% of my clients right now get my help with preparing their answers for interviews. If you would like a mock interview, I would love to help you too.
Ok, don't panic. Next time you are at an interview, make sure to get the names and emails of everyone grilling you...do this at the end of the interview. You could even be sneaky and ask the receptionist for their deets on your way out if no one is hovering. Maybe you can find their email online too.
Send a thank you email within 24 hours of your interview. This step is so crucial! In that 'thank you' be sure to mention something from the interview and express your enthusiasm for the job. Use this as a way to remind them of how awesome that interview was....and thus how awesome YOU are.
In some cases you could even make a written thank you card and drop it off...SOME cases...you will have to gauge how that might come across - creepy or thoughtful.
Kock 'em dead at your next interview!