It’s always difficult looking for your first job, but everyone has to go through this tough time before reaching their goals. You’ll probably be looking for a corporate job at this juncture before going on to your dream job. Regardless of where you are applying, these tips will help you ace the whole process.
1. Grab Attention with the Cover Letter
HR managers get hundreds or thousands of applications whenever they announce a job opening. The manager only has so much time, so why should he or she check your resume out of all the others? This is where the cover letter comes into play. A good cover letter will tell the HR manager what’s so great about you and why you deserve an interview. The cover letter should be succinct, short and interesting.
2. Keep it Short
You’re advertising yourself and your experience with both the cover letter and resume. It’s hard to not get a little wordy, but you should keep the cover letter below 200 words. The resume should also be short by only highlighting your professional experience. The HR manager doesn’t want to read a novel. He or she wants to know, in the shortest time possible, why you’re the right candidate for the job.
3. Not too Formal, Not too Casual
Don’t get too formal when writing the cover letter or resume, but don’t be too casual, either. It’s all about being simple and to the point. Don’t use colorful metaphors or bold statements. Just state your experience and qualifications as they are.
4. Be Confident
If you’re going into the corporate world, then you need to be confident before getting the job. Don’t let anything stand in your way. You can’t afford to be “good” or “satisfactory.” Competition is fierce, and you aren’t going to get hired unless you have some serious confidence.
5. Know the Company
Never step into an interview and ask about what the company does. This shows a serious lack of interest and education in the company, which is going to make the HR manager look down on you during the interview. While you don’t need to know everything, you should know what the company does, its current standing in the news and other common information that employees would know. Aim to know nearly everything that an employee would know before going to the interview.
6. Sell Yourself to the Company
Every applicant will sell themselves during the interview, but few sell themselves to the company. For example, most people will say, “I have a degree in marketing.” That’s selling yourself. Selling yourself to the company would sound like this, “my degree in marketing will ensure that I can confidently sell XYZ number of products while managing the office.” The latter gives the company incentive to hire you because you are showing how you’ll benefit the company.
7. Be Mature
No one cares about what you learned in childhood, and no one wants to deal with emotional fits. The HR manager is only going to care about how you can better the company. If you keep this in mind during your interview, then you’ll do a much better job satisfying the HR manager’s requirements.
8. Relate to Job
This is similar to selling yourself to the company. Many applicants will talk about their degrees, experience, specializations andtraining in a very general way. You should relate them directly to the company. If you specialize in social media marketing, then talk about how that will help you during your job.
9. Skip the GPA
It’s always a good idea to put your GPA on your resume, but you shouldn’t boast about it during the interview. Very few HR managers will be impressed by your scores in school. It might seem like a good idea, but it’s better to talk about your experience and qualifications during the interview.
10. Never Lie or Exaggerate
It might seem tempting at times to lie or exaggerate during the interview. You may want to embellish your experience or abilities to show the HR manager that you are ready and willing to tackle the job. However, just a single lie can destroy your chances of being hired. It’s much better to tell the truth.
11. Be Prepared
Be well prepared before stepping foot into the interview. You should know about the company, have a copy of your resume and cover letter ready and look well groomed. You should also know about the interviewer if possible.
12. Be Thankful
Regardless of how you think the interview went, you should always be thankful while leaving. Thank the interviewer for taking his or her time to speak with you, and continue to show interest until you leave.
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