Tips to find your next job
Finding a job can be stressful, whether you’re new to the job market or someone looking for a change.
The Lima News is here today with an expanded jobs listing to help you get started. Follow some of these tips, courtesy of Ohio Means Jobs, to help you land that perfect position for you.
TIPS FOR JOB APPLICATIONS
Read the instructions carefully before getting started, and follow the instructions fully.
If you are filling out a paper application, use a blue or black pen.
Store important information, such as past employment dates and reference names and numbers, in a notebook that you can take with you when filling out applications. This will show the company you are prepared and ready to work.
Fill out the application neatly and accurately.
Be clear and specific. Describe how your skills match the skills listed in the job posting. Don’t make the employer try to figure it out.
If the application asks what job you’re applying for, write a specific position, not “anything” or “open.”
If the question does not apply to you, write “Does not apply” or “NA.”
Read and check the application for completeness before turning it into the employer.
Remember to sign and date the application.
TIPS FOR COVER LETTERS
Keep it short. Two or three paragraphs should be enough to introduce yourself and explain why you would be an asset to the company.
Mention a few key skills that make you a great candidate for the job. You’ll send your resume with your cover letter, so avoid repeating too many details.
Close the letter by stating that you would like to meet with the reader soon, and provide a phone number. Thank him or her for considering you.
Use keywords from the job post to demonstrate you meet the job’s specific qualifications.
TIPS FOR RESUME WRITING
Use keywords that are common in the occupation.
Research the company you are sending your resume and cover letter to, so you can tailor them to the company’s needs.
Focus on your skills, experience, achievements and education.
Never include confidential information, such as your Social Security number, birth date, driver’s license number or financial information.
Save your resume in a common format, such as PDF or Microsoft Word.
Use bullets instead of paragraphs.
TYPES OF INTERVIEWS
Phone. To narrow the number of applicants, some employers begin with a telephone interview. Practice common interview questions that focus on your experience and how it related to the position you are applying for.
One-on-one. This is usually an in-depth, in-person interview to evaluation your qualifications for the position and your ability to fit in. Remember to establish a connection with everyone you meet. You never know who might have the ability to influence the decision to hire you.
Panel. A group of people (usually three or more) will ask about your qualifications and skills. As in the one-on-one interview, establish a connection with each person on the panel to demonstrate your interest in and enthusiasm for the position.
Behavioral. The interviewer typically describes a work-related situation and asks how you would handle it based on your past work experience. This gives the employer more information about your behavior, personality and character. If you mention a specific event from your past, make sure it had a positive result.
SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS
Affordablecollegesonline.org said 37 percent of employers surveyed said they used social media to screen job candidates.
Affordablecollegesonline.org said 34 percent of hiring managers surveyed said information on a candidate’s social profile made them decide not to hire that person.
Your profile photo is the first thing an employer will see, so select an appropriate picture.
Use the same profile photo for all of your social media accounts so employers can recognize you.
Make sure your online presence is both professional and presentable.
Be aware of privacy settings, and make sure you always display a positive image on social media.
Delete any unprofessional pictures, posts or tweets.
Ask friends and family not to tag you in photos without your permission, or change your privacy settings so that you can approve or reject any tags before they become public.
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