Guess what! Post-interview thank you notes make a difference in how job candidates are judged. Natalie Lundsteen, in her post “Standing Out After the Interview,” notes results from a survey of recruiters and hiring managers “that thank-you notes definitely affect their hiring decisions.” She also provides examples of simple thank-you messages and additional survey statistics. Read the full article HERE.
Cover letter tips, words to use like inventive, tenacious, collaborate, and many more….help lift your cover letter to a higher level. In a post by Andy Talajkowski, “15 Words That’ll Drastically Improve Your Cover Letter,” learn more about words and phrases in a cover letter that will set you apart and demonstrate your unique qualifications. Read the full article HERE.
Did you know if you got the job when you walked out of the interview? Did you find out the next steps in the hiring process?
Check out Lisa Quast’s post on the Forbes website, “Job Seekers: How To Close An Interview With Class.” She provides examples of how you can professionally close a job interview and get a better idea on where you stand in the hiring process.
Quast also mentions a post-interview Thank You note (always a great idea), and practicing interview questions before you go into the interview.
Read the full article HERE.
Stay proactive while job hunting! A guest post by Blessy Vaidian on JobMob has “10 Good Things to Do While Between Jobs.” These all work, too, if you are between graduation and your first post-grad job! While I have summarized for this post, visit HERE for the full blog and suggestions.
- Join a Job Search Group
- Watch Someone in Your Ideal Job
- Network in Person
- Master Social Media for Networking
- Set Up a Few Informational Interviews
- Learn Something New
- Re-Evaluate Who You Are and What You Want
- Do Something You Always Wanted to Do
- Stay Positive
The after-interview wait can be nerve-wracking. But there are actions you can take to make sure you don’t drop the communications ball. In an article by Paul McDonald, “A Top Recruiter Explains Why You’re Hearing Crickets After a Job Interview,” he gives a few reasons why you might not have been contacted yet, plus tips to stay engaged while you’re waiting.
- Check in with the hiring manager
- Continue with your job search
- Talk to your mentor and referral source
- Step away and recharge
For full details, read the article HERE.
A hiring manager who sees over 400,000 resumes a year provides tips to making your application stand out! Yvonne Agyei of Booking.com shared the following tips with Els van Asseldonk in the article, “7 Ways to Make Your Job Application Stand Out…”
- Adjust your resume and cover letter to the position
- Study, study, study
- Come with questions
- Show how you stand out
- Focus on how your values align with the company’s
- Try to enjoy your interview, and be honest
- Don’t try to ‘sell’ yourself
Read the full article HERE.
Stay organized during you job search so you don’t miss the right opportunity when it comes along. Sarah Greesonbach suggests organizational strategies in her article, “From Spreadsheets to Sticky Notes: 7 Strategies for Managing Your Job Search,” including:
- If you aren’t good at organizing…figure out why.
- If you have a hard time following up…use a spreadsheet
- If you need reminders…go high tech
- If you’re a visual person…try sticky notes
- If you forget the details…keep thorough notes
- If you’re losing motivation…make a list of reasons you’re searching
- If you’re feeling burned out…schedule some downtime
Read the entire article HERE.
The job interview isn’t only about ensuring you are the best person for a job; it’s also about whether the organization is the best fit for you. Alison Green, in an article on usnews.com, listed some signs that might indicate you are walking into a dysfunctional job or team situation:
- The hiring process is chaotic
- The interview is really short
- The manager tells you “we’re like a family here”
- The hiring manager seems very impressed with herself
- No one seems to stay there very long
- People look miserable or sound cynical when you talk to them
- The hiring manager can’t tell you how the success of the person in the job will be measured
- The hiring manager isn’t interested in having a real dialogue with you or answering your questions so that you can figure out if the job is right for you
For the full story, click HERE.