Before you start your job search it is important to know that all new graduates look the same to the job market. No matter what industry you want to enter all the other graduates… your competition, look just like you. Every graduate has his/her degree or diploma and a basic resumé. That’s it! How will a potential employer differentiate you from your competition? There is only one way…by the way you behave during your job search. This chapter will help you understand what you have to do to stand out from the crowd.
When employers look at you…the Candidate… they will start to evaluate you from the very first impression. It is not just the interview that is important, it is your behavior during every aspect of your job-search process that is under scrutiny. You must know how to stand out from your competition and be “remembered.” If you want to be hired you must be “remembered” when the hiring person makes their final decision.
First impressions last forever and in many cases your cover letter will be that all-important “first impression.” Therefore, it must be focused and powerful. Your cover letter must tell the potential employer why they should want to read your resumé. You must know how to write a powerful cover letter. This chapter will show you how to create a great first impression with your cover letter and get your resumé read.
Your resumé is your advertisement to the world. If you want a potential employer to be interested in you, it better be perfect and grab their attention. Your resumé is your ticket to an interview. It must answer the question; “Do I want to meet this person?” If your resumé does not address the things an employer is looking for, why would they want to meet you? Your resumé is a critical piece in the job-search process. This chapter will explain how to write an effective, meaningful resumé.
You are not going to be successful in your job search without the help of other people. Networking will be the most important job-search tool you will ever have. Developing and managing your network is a skill you must learn and use effectively if you are to be successful in your job search. Effective networking techniques are critical if you are to stand out and be noticed. In this chapter learn how to create, build and nurture your greatest job-search resource, your network.
There are right ways and wrong ways to approach potential employers. The way you behave during your job search could determine success or failure. Although each situation may be different there are some basic rules you must follow when applying for any job. This chapter will help you make the right approach the first time.
This is your big performance. Everything you do in your job search leads to one event. The interview. The person who does the best job in the interview is almost always the person who gets the job. Preparation, knowing how to present yourself and knowing how to respond to interview questions in a meaningful way is imperative if you are to be successful. Learn valuable tips and techniques in this chapter that will help you master your first interview.
After the interview, until the employer has made their final decision, there are things you can do to show your interest and enthusiasm. To get an interview is a major achievement. To not follow-up after the interview is a major and possibly fatal mistake. This chapter will give you some great follow-up techniques that will open doors and keep them open throughout your career.
Once you land your first job, your career will really start and there are some things you need to know…things maybe no one has told you…advice that will help you get off to a great start. This chapter will provide some excellent thoughts and guidance to get you started on your new career.
Your ability to accomplish all the things you want in your life will be a direct result of how well you use your time. During your job search this will be critical to your success. Taking advantage of every opportunity will require you be organized and proactive. Time management is a life-skill everyone needs to master if they are to be successful. If you are not managing your time, who is? This chapter will give you some valuable tips and techniques to help you organize and manage your time.