Have you been searching for a new job for a long time? It can be difficult to find work, especially if you’re mid-career. However, there are activities that can improve your search and boost your confidence at the same time. Read on for suggestions on how you can win an interview and then win the job.
Consider making a serious run at additional training or education. Adding credentials adds weight and can give you the extra edge. During the process, you may also learn about some of your likes and dislikes, guiding you in your job search and solidifying your career aspirations. These days, there are numerous on-line self-study programs that may meet your needs and give you an edge.
Make more targeted applications to jobs. Customize your resume and cover letter for each job you are seeking. Researching the organization in depth may give you the edge in how you present yourself in your custom resume, your custom cover letter, and the interview.
Prepare like you’re preparing to present a business case. Guess at questions that will be asked and formulate good answers. Develop great answers to questions about your strengths and weaknesses and challenges you have overcome. These are some of the typical questions that you need to get an answer to in advance, so you can connect well if these are asked.
And prepare some more. If you get the names of the people conducting the interview, then do an online search of them. This way, you may get a sense of what’s important to them. If you are not familiar with the interview location, then do a dry run finding the place. Of course, allow plenty of time for unexpected traffic or weather the day of. If you haven’t done many interviews, you may want to do a mock interview with a friend or maybe even record a video to see what you look like. Are you presenting the way you want to present?
Follow up by whatever methods are available. One way to help with this is asking for business cards in the interview. Send a thank you letter, or at least a thank you email. Make sure it’s grammatically correct. Get help, if needed.
Dress seriously. Unless you are a model, you really want the focus to be on you, not what you’re wearing. This can mean dressing conservatively, but it also means wearing something that fits you well. Ideally, it will also be relatively comfortable. If you’re really uncomfortable, it often shows. Even if it’s a casual informational interview, at least dress in attire that is clean, neat, and fits you well.
Follow these tips and you’ll be on the right track to getting your next job!