Quick Tips on Your Career Search
Your cover letter and resume are what will get you an in-person interview. Sell
yourself on paper first so you can sell yourself in person!
Some people say “research the company before going to the interview”. I say,
research the company before you even apply! Resume spammers go nowhere, and
end up drifting job to job without getting anywhere. Be focused, and be picky!
Think of 2-3 job titles you want in 5 years – and plan out a timeline and strategy on
how you will get there. The more focused you are on getting your dream job in your
dream company, the more it will actually happen. Treat job hunting like dating;
think of all the parallels and similarities!
Cover letter tips:
Generic cover letters are a waste of time. If you bother making a cover letter, make
sure effort is put into why the position and company are of interest, and what skills
and enthusiasm you’ll bring to them. Highlight specific accomplishments – your
cover letter is an intro into why you are such a rockstar!
Create 2-3 different resumes based on the types of positions you truly want. Be clear
and concise in your objective. Keep resume to 2 pages and be weary of too much
“white-space”. The first 3-4 bullet points after each job title will be paid the most
attention – so reserve those for the responsibilities and duties that made you valuable
as an employee.
Fill in time gaps as necessary – recruiters are trained to assume the worst. If there is
a one year gap on the resume we’ll assume you were in prison!
Do not ever put references contact info on the resume. This is giving recruiters
permission to either headhunt them, or attempt to sell Avon cosmetics to them!
Always show up to an interview dressed to impress. For men and women – a full suit
with shoes polished, with clean nails, teeth and hair. Don’t smoke beforehand, and
don’t chew gum during. Show up 10-15 minutes early at most – if you happen to get
there earlier because you’re cautious and didn’t want to get lost (good for you!), go get
a coffee – no one likes it when someone shows up 30-45 minutes early for an interview
– it’s stressful!
When meeting interviewer shake hands firmly, smile and keep eye contact level and
don’t forget to ask for a business card. Be confident, listen well and only answer the
question(s) asked. Come prepared with questions and don’t be afraid to take notes. If
the interviewer needs to make notes – why not you too?
Send thank you emails or card the day after and keep it short and sweet. Ask for
follow up and/or feedback at their convenience.
If you are asked for references, make sure all references are available. They should
know who is calling, from what company, and for what specific position. Send
references a thank you card or take them out for lunch after you get the job.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact your Performance Personnel
Best of luck in finding your dream job and company!
Cathy Lim, President