Monday, December 18

Creating A Good First Impression

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Creating A Good First Impression

The job market is at its busiest once again. The economic crisis has forced many companies to lay off several employees. Many new graduates and fresh job seekers are already competing with each other to find and secure good-paying jobs. Thus, any job hunter knows that there is a need to be impressive, cocky and effective. Every job seeker should also strive to outshine and outpace other job applicants, who may have higher and better credentials, skills and knowledge.

First impression is the key to getting employers’ attention. If you need to outshine and outpace other job seekers, there is a need to create a lasting, good impression. It will not matter that you are highly qualified for a given job opening if you are not able to establish a lasting first impression to get the initial attention of prospective employees. There are thousands of other applicants for a particular job post. The initial screening and short listing could be exhilarating. It is important you make it to the first cut to get a better chance of hitting an interview and eventually securing the job. Here are some guidelines.

Applications

Fill out provided job application forms appropriately. Provide necessary information. Do not leave unnecessary marks and empty spaces. If a question does not apply to you, write ‘not applicable’ to indicate that you have read the question. Get your job history, reference information, social security and tax identification numbers, credentials and right address copies ready when you get to offices to fill out job application forms. Inform references ahead of time that you have included them in your resumé and applications so they will not be surprised when your prospective employers contact them for information.

Resume

Make a catchy and serious resumé, which should be updated and modified to fit in to the specific type of industry of the future employer. Highlight your achievements, list employment history and showcase your skills and competence using the document. Make the resumé neat and of course, easily read, just like the application form. Good resumés are usually comprised of a single page, though two pages could be tolerable. Impress using your resumé.

Cover letter

Information and explanations you could not possibly explain in your resumé should be tackled and expounded at the cover letter. Explain why you had a career change, why you were laid off or even why there are apparent long gaps in your employment history. Make the letter positive as well as upbeat. Cover letters are not required, but are considered musts for upper level and management positions. This is also a venue to further explain why you think you are the best candidate for the job post.

Photograph

Resumés are not supposed to feature a photograph unless the prospective employer requires. Avoid submitting glamour shots as it may not be appropriate. Go for the simpler, more formal ID shots featuring your head and shoulders. It is also the time to edit your personal accounts at Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites as many employers now check out such Web pages to know your personality. You may tame your shout-outs and other written entries.

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