Samantha Pearce is the owner of Words Worth Reading an online editorial service for Job Seekers, Students, Writers and Businesses. Words Worth Reading offer individually-tailored, comprehensive resume and application form writing and editing services. Sam is also CaribbeanJobs.com's Resume expert. She explains how to be the best in 2010.
Today’s job market is more competitive than ever before. Individuals who previously would have sailed through job interviews are now facing much tougher competition.
This is partly because of the massive increase in numbers of candidates applying for jobs and also because employer’s can now afford to be extremely choosy about their requirements when trying to fill vacancies. It is therefore vital that you arm yourself with the tools to convince a potential employer that you are the best.
The first thing you need to do is to ensure that your resume is the best it can possibly be, it should be well written, in an appropriate style and layout, and most importantly it should include examples of your previous achievements.
A resume that simply lists your previous jobs and the duties you carried out will not make you stand out from the rest. Employers want to see how you have excelled above others, how you have risen to challenges, and how you have applied yourself beyond the call of duty. Including information such as this will get you noticed.
Secondly, any application form that you submit to a potential employer should be well written and completed in full. In this competitive market employers will often instantly dismiss application forms that are not completed correctly or that have gaps.
Employers who receive a great number of applications have also been known to dismiss an application that has more than 3 spelling mistakes, regardless of the content of the form. Attention to detail therefore is key; make sure you read all the small print and accompanying information as failing to do so could mean your application form ends up in the bin.
Finally, once you get to the interview stage of the recruitment process you really cannot afford to make mistakes.
There are several elements that you can work on to ensure that you shine at interview.
The first of these is your appearance. Being well groomed and wearing smart clothing, preferably a suit will get you noticed, before you even have a chance to say anything.
Another area that you need to focus on to ensure you impress at interview is the way you respond to questions.
The answers you give should be well thought out and clearly delivered. Make sure you have researched the company thoroughly and have prepared yourself for the types of questions you are likely to face; this way nothing should come as a shock to you, and therefore nothing should prevent you from appearing as a calm and confident individual.
If you can incorporate all of the above when you approach a potential employer, you can be sure that you are presenting yourself as the best you can possibly be; you will be noticed, remembered and hopefully employed.
Sam is also our Resume expert.
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