Looking for a job is tough, and getting an employer to call you back for an interview is tougher. You have to impress the employer and prove that you are a responsible and respectable individual capable of getting the job done. But there are some things you may be doing that are hurting your chances of making that good impression.
1. Triple-check your resume. Your resume may look presentable and your credentials valid, but typographical errors can kill the deal. Typos give the impression that you are careless and did not take the position seriously enough to look over the resume before handing it in. Read over your resume several times to check for punctuation and spelling mistakes, and then have someone else proofread it as well. Sometimes, a fresh set of eyes can catch details that yours may have missed.
2. Triple-check your cover letter. If your application includes a cover letter, be sure that you have the employer’s name, title, and address correct. It is wise to call ahead of time and ask if the employer is still with the company as positions can shift abruptly. It would be of poor taste for an employer to receive a cover letter that was addressed to the wrong person. And again, check for typographical and grammatical errors.
3. Change your silly voicemail greeting. When an employer calls you and you happen to be away from your phone, he or she does not want to hear an inane voicemail greeting from a potential employee. If the employer is calling to schedule an interview, that silly voicemail greeting of your Darth Vader impression can have him or her thinking again about whether you are right for the job.
4. Change your silly email address. It’s difficult enough for your friends to type in your “firstname.lastname@example.org” email address, so don’t expect an employer to respond to such an address. You can easily register for a new email specifically for work on the number of free webmail clients available, and keep your old one for personal use.
5. Prepare for interviews and dress appropriately. Appropriate dress differs from position to position, so you should research into what you should wear before the interview. You do not want to show up looking unprofessional and underdressed. You should also research into the position and company you are applying for to show that you are genuinely interested in the job.
This post was contributed by Donna Scott, who writes about the online degree programs. She welcomes your feedback at DonnaScott9929 yahoo.com