Searching for a job is a job on its own, it’s hard to think of anything besides résumés, cover letters, and interview questions. However, the devil is in the details, and it is important to bear these in mind when deciding the next move in your career. There are many mistakes people make in their quest for new jobs, which cost them series of brilliant opportunities. Here are some points to note when changing jobs:
Never limit yourself
What you studied in the university is just the entry point, but if you plan to switch careers it’s not too late. To make the right career switch, leverage on your talents for the next role you assume. Don’t think that where you are is the best you can ever get, improve yourself and strive for more.
The Receptionist is your friend
This is your first point of contact at the company, it is imperative you make a good impression. Why does this even matter, many people are not aware of this but once you leave the interview, she’ll be the one to disclose how you acted when “no one” was looking, and you want to make sure she has positive things to say.
Carry Extra CVs Along
The person interviewing you may ask for a copy of your CV. Bring extras and estimate up. You will need them in the future anyway, so you might as well come prepared. Nothing is worse than an interviewer asking for a copy and you reacting with, “Oh, sorry… I don’t have an extra.”
When answering a question, it’s easy to detect when someone is lying. If you don’t know something, be honest but polite; take your time answering questions, and prep for the “weakness” questions. It’s true that our biggest weaknesses can be those that we are unaware of, so be honest about the ones you know.
Acing your job applications can secure you the interview but that is not enough. It’s got a lot to do with your personality. You wouldn’t hire someone you don’t want to work with, so why would your employer? Remember to limit negative talk about past jobs and co-workers. The interviewer understands that how you perceive past experiences will be a great indicator of your workplace attitude and mind set.
Invest in yourself
Invest time in your interests and hobbies because these will not only make your life more fun but will also make you stand out at job interviews. How you spend your free time says a lot to an employer, which is why the question, “What do you do in your spare time?” always comes up. Take the time you have to evolve and grow in areas you love, and one day, these qualities could come in handy when applying for a job you might not otherwise be qualified for.
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