By Subha Ali
Let's Start From The Beginning
Applying to jobs can be overwhelming, but the components you need to use are relatively easy to create. This article covers all aspects of applying and getting a job with a step-by-step guide to make it easier.
In this resource, you will understand the logistics it takes to make the best impression on your future boss when it comes to getting the job.
From adjusting your resume to applying the correct verbiage at the right time. There are many areas of the application process that require attention for you to efficiently maneuver your way through from beginning to end.
Customizing Your Experience: Constructing A Resume
A standard resume should include a few things for any job. Resumes can easily be made using templates on Microsoft Word or free templates on Canva, which are easy to navigate and have many options.
1. Headling Your Resume: Name at the top, contact information, including phone number, Linkedin profile, and email.
2. Experience: this should include all relevant experience for the job you are applying to. Any additional work should not go back from High School; it should still be relevant, at least with the skills, and somewhat recent.
3. Skills: This includes a list of your skills, awards, or certifications. There should not be a description, just a list.
4. Education: This should include your highest degree of learning.
5. References: At least two references should be present.
The resume should be one page and not more there are many ways to organize it and make it fit using the available templates.
Talk The Talk & Walk The Walk: Interviews
Interviews can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming. Preparing and practicing beforehand will help you be more confident in the interview. There are commonly asked interview questions, which can be found through a Google search. Here are some things to remember in an interview.
1. Eye Contact: Maintaining eye contact with the person is essential to show that you are paying attention and are interested in what the person asks you or says. It is good to offer a friendly face instead of a serious one.
2. Avoiding The Phrase “um”: It is okay to say “um” when thinking about what you want to say, but it is also essential not to use it excessively. If you need time to think of an answer to a question, you can use the word “yeah” and then pause before sharing your answer or “based on that question” and then pause. However, it is also important to remember not to take too long of a pause, which will cause an awkward situation.
3. Avoid Sounding Monotone: Expressing yourself through your tone will help keep the person engaged instead of talking in one manner, which can sound dull and repetitive and does not show any form of expression. You can change the tone of your voice on parts you want to emphasize more.
4. Always Ask At Least One Question: Typically, when an interview ends, they ask you if you have any questions; it is good to research the company and have at least one question to ask as it shows interest.
5. Dress To Impress: Dressing appropriately for an interview, depending on the interview, is important because it is a first impression of yourself and how you present yourself.
6. Confidence: Being confident when you speak shows you are confident in yourself and getting the job. It reflects that energy onto the other person.
Taking The Initiative To Stand Out: Prioritizing A Cover Letter
A cover letter should be one page, according to the job you are applying for. This is where you give examples of your skills and how they would apply to the job you are applying for. Here are some essential aspects of a cover letter.
Let's take a look at the steps you can take to optimize your cover letter to its full capacity:
1. Introduction Sentence: You start with a sentence introducing yourself (name, experience) and the position you are applying for.
2. Researching The Company: Look to see what the company is looking for in the person they are hiring, and make sure to incorporate those aspects when you talk about your skills. It shows you know the position and how you would be suitable.
3. Providing Examples From The Previous Job Regarding Your Skills: This is where you elaborate on the skills you listed on your resume. Give examples from previous jobs, how you used those skills, and how you would bring that skill and experience to the position you are applying for. This is the central portion of your cover letter and should take up half of the space.
4. Contact Information: Make sure to include your contact information, which is also on your resume.
5. Conclusion: End with a concluding statement that provides a thank you and that you look forward to hearing back and signing your name.
Leaving An Everlasting Impression: Elevator Pitch
An elevator pitch is a few sentences about yourself that you want someone to remember. Think about if you are in an elevator with the one person you want to work for, and you only have the duration of the elevator ride to say what you want to say about yourself; what would you say? These are a few aspects of an elevator pitch.
1. Introduce Yourself: State your name and where you work.
2. Current Focus & Future Expectations: Name what field you work in or are looking to work in.
3. Name Experiences With Your Skills: Since an elevator pitch is short, you should focus on your biggest skill based on the field you want to work in; this should be something that makes you stand out from others.
4. Name Something Unique About Yourself: This is similar to a skill but can be anything related to work that the person will remember about you.
Beginning The Application Process:
How To Effectively Apply
Having an updated Linkedin is very important when applying for jobs. Linkedin helps create a network and is like a portfolio of your experiences and shared work. Linkedin and websites like Indeed are suitable for searching for job opportunities. When you are searching for job postings on Indeed, you have the option to filter your search so that you can find the opportunity that best fits what you're looking for. When utilizing Linkedin, you are able to use that as a "bio" for your work history, experience, and expectations for your career going forward.
Using resources such as these will not allow you to find opportunities that best suit you but you can also find opportunities outside of your typical norm. There may be a moment in time when you want to switch up your job search and try a different approach with a new form of employment. If or when that happens, filtering your search will be easy to optimize.
Moreover, apps and websites such as Linkedin and Indeed have been intricate instruments in the application process for many individuals in search of employment opportunities.
Maximizing Your Experience Before Official Employment:
The Significance Of Internships
Many job-seekers may feel a little apprehensive about following through with an internship. However, there are many benefits that come along with being hired as an intern. Most of those benefits are essential for the long term just as there are short-term benefits.
Internships are a significant part of job experience. Many jobs don’t hire without a few years of experience; you can get that experience through internships. Some are paid, and some are unpaid. Most internships require all of these aspects when applying.
Moreover, one secret benefit that comes along with an internship is that the job will allow you to build your resume further as you progress with gaining knowledge about that position. So, it's a win-win circumstance overall. Having the knowledge under your belt as an intern can help you progress in your career path and you have the opportunity to utilize that knowledge in another career field if not one just like it.
Obtaining a job is based on facts about yourself; as long as you can talk about your superior skills and experiences, it is easy to go through the application process and talk about yourself during interviews. The application process is all about practicality and confidence.
From the perspectives of both practicality and confidence used in tandem, searching for a job position that matches your comfort level will allow you to feel more confident walking into the interview; along with ensuring your resume and cover letter are up to par and meet or exceed expectations. With all of this ammunition used simultaneously, you may find yourself flabbergasted when your interview leads to being hired on the spot.