If you don’t want to land your dream job, pay attention. We have three tips to ensure you won’t be getting that next great opportunity and what could potentially be the best job ever:
- Exude Overconfidence – Give your prospective employer a good dose of you… only to the 100th power. Be sure you talk only about yourself; don’t ask questions that relate to the position and the company. Pepper the conversation with words like “guru,” “super-creative,” and more! You’ll have them escorting you to the parking lot in no time!
- Dress Like You’re Grooming Your Dog – To be disqualified from the pool of candidates, just roll out of bed, throw on the outfit that’s hanging on the treadmill next to your bed and – Voilà! You’re interview ready. Not dressing professionally and appropriately for the company’s culture is a must for anyone who’s not ready for a new career. (Psst…You may not even make it past the reception desk with this one!)
- Be Completely Unprepared – Resume? Portfolio? Bah, who needs them? If you want to completely botch your chances of a promising future, go ahead and fill in the blanks of your resume in pen. (Bonus points if you’re in the lobby right before your interview.) Be sure to exclude any relevant and competitive skills. To really seal the deal, leave out your portfolio pieces that showcase the exact skills they were looking for.
Of course, these are only a few things you can do to sabotage your chances of getting the next great gig. If you’re serious about real interview advice on landing your dream job, give CM Access a call – we’ll point you in the right direction!
A helpful reminder – proofreading shouldn’t be taken lightly, and can be the most important step in the creation of anything written. Just ask the University of Texas at Austin who has provided us with a perfect example of how not proofing their final commencement brochure has caused embarrassment for them and a good laugh for many.
It can happen to the best of us. When you’re trying to get the job and your resume or portfolio has a glaring typo or mistake, it can cost you – and not just your reputation, but your chance at landing that job.
So remember – don’t rely solely on your spell check to be the end-all be-all of your proofreading process. Take a few moments to thoroughly review your copy, and ask a friend to do so as well (a fresh set of eyes can make all the difference!)
It’s not a task everyone likes, but it’s necessary. Job seekers beware…If you haven’t spent some time and energy reviewing and updating your resume, ridding it of dreaded, tired phrases, you could be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise when a prospective employer shuffles your resume to the bottom of the stack, unimpressed by your “motivated’ nature.
Do statements such as, “references available upon request” or words like “dynamic” or “problem solving” pop out on your resume? If so, those words pop for all the wrong reasons according to the 2011 Annual List of Overused Professional Buzzwords.
Your resume is your entrée into new job opportunities, and is typically the first impression you make on a hiring manager. So invest some “creative” thought and perhaps seek some advice from your CM Access Career Advocate. Keep an eye out against touting your use of “effective” skills, since it could work against you in your job search!
You’ve reviewed the resumes and portfolios, completed the phone screens, and now it’s time to start scheduling face-to-face meetings with the marketing, creative and interactive candidates you believe are qualified for the job.
So how do you conduct a successful interview? Just follow the tips below on what to do, but before that, take a look at this video clip (courtesy of Miranda) of what NOT to do. You’ll thank us… The Interview from Hell.
- Be prepared – Review the candidate’s resume once again and keep it in front of you.
- Manage the time – Have an agenda and schedule for each interview. Be sure to provide them to any team members participating in the process as well.
- Set the tone – After introducing yourself and thanking the candidate for coming in, be sure to explain the interview process and provide a brief overview of the company and the position.
- Actively listen – And take good notes.
- Observe – In addition to listening, observe the candidate’s body language and how they present themselves.
- Steer clear of inappropriate questions – Be sure you understand best hiring practices and avoid questions that are inappropriate or even illegal.
- Sell the position – Be sure to present the position, your company and what you have to offer in a positive light.
Stay Tuned for Tip #6
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