Here are three simple job hunting tips for you to begin your week!
- Remember to dress up for your interview, even if you've heard the company is a "casual" environment. It's easy to take off a necktie or jacket if an interviewer tells you to dress down. But there's no smooth way to change into a business suit after your interview has started. NOTE: Some companies will actually tell you how to dress for their interview, in case it's different than anticipated (jeans, etc.). Follow their directions if provided. When in doubt - ask!
- Bring your own pen to an interview, in case you need to fill out a job application or complete some other paperwork. It shows you're prepared, and the company may not have one for you (yes, it's unlikely, but you never know...).
- Also when going to an interview, have handy the exact dates of your previous employment for the past 7 years, or your previous five employers. If you enter incorrect dates into an application, guessing as to incorrect dates could be interpreted as dishonesty, and knock you out of the running.
Scott Singer is the President and Founder of Insider Career Strategies Resume Writing & Career Coaching, a firm dedicated to guiding job seekers and companies through the job search and hiring process. He is a Human Resources professional and staffing expert with almost two decades of in-house corporate HR and staffing firm experience, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC).
Insider Career Strategies provides resume writing, LinkedIn profile development, and career coaching services, including a free resume review. You can email Scott Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the website, www.insidercs.com.