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Top 10 Interview Tips

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Plan Your Career
How to Find a Job
Other places to find advertised vacancies

Job Search Tips

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Top 10 Interview Tips

Preparation is a key to a successful interview!  

Be fully prepared for those unexpected questions.  Also, make sure you learn your CV and previous experience.  Remember, the more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll come across.

Check out the company you’re being interviewed with extensively

Make sure you understand their brand, product and organization structure.  For instance, do you know who the CEO is?  What is the company turnover?  Or what are their latest news stories?

Social networking sites – utilize them!

They are a great and modern way to find out more about the company and even your interviewer.  For instance, LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to inquisitively find out about a person’s career history.

Dress for interview success!

We are judged on first impressions, so it’s vital that those shoes are polished, best suit is dry cleaned and nails are nicely manicured.  We all feel more confident when we look good so make sure your appearance is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are being interviewed with.  Make sure you bring some spare copies of your CV in a nice portfolio.  Include a pen and paper for taking notes.

Be on time

Yes, it sounds an obvious one but you’ll be surprised how many candidates end up being late or turn up far too early.  It can actually be a disadvantage if you turn up too early. Always, try to make sure that you turn up 5 -10 minutes early for the interview.

Accept a glass of water

Okay, so this may sound a little silly but it’s always better to have a glass on standby – just in case you do get nervous and aren’t very good at responding under pressure.  It can also ensure you a little extra time in case a client asks a difficult question.  Relax, take a sip of water, think… and then respond.

Tell me about yourself

This is one of the most popular asked questions at an interview.  Make sure you can relax and confidently talk about your education, career history and biggest achievements to date.  Practice this with friends and family, until it’s perfected.  Start backwards with your education and work history until your current employment.

Strengths, weakness and greatest achievement

Again, this is another popular question.  What are yours?  Be prepared for these questions.  Practice and make sure you’ll highlight the right weaknesses. If you need advice, then speak to one of smart10’s consultants.

Stay calm

We know interviews aren’t always enjoyable, however make sure you relax and stay as calm as possible.  Take a moment to recoup if necessary (have a sip of that water).  Maintain eye contact with the interviewer and try to gain a good rapport.  Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – it can be embarrassing if you forget the question.

Don’t be afraid to ask your own questions

Hopefully, you’ll have lots of interviews lined up.  Therefore, it’s

important that you make sure that the company, and job, is right for you.  Make sure you have a few questions (3-5) written down and you’re ready to ask.

Career Advice

Plan your career !

A plan helps you focus on what you should do when thinking about a new career. It also helps if you would like to progress in the career you are in. Career planning helps realize your ambitions — what you would like to do in your working life. A plan helps you focus on what you should do when thinking about a new career. It also helps if you would like to progress in the career you are in.

Planning needs time and careful consideration. You need to think about:

 

  • what you can do already
  • what you would like to do next
  • What else you need to learn.

How to find a job

When you’re looking for work, spread your search as wide as possible. There are many places to look and there is a great deal of help available.

Job seeking on the internet (Looking for work online )

Many of us use the internet in our job search now, as there are many ways it can take the legwork out of sorting through and applying for job vacancies. We’ve got some hints and tips on how to get the best out of recruitment websites. So whether you’re new to online job hunting or an experienced internet jobseeker, check out our guide and see how the web can help you into work.

Other sources of advertised vacancies

In addition to the internet, newspapers, Job centers and trade magazines are just some of the other places employers advertise their job vacancies. Searching through advertised vacancies is also a great way to get ideas for jobs that might suit you, and to get a feel for the local labor market. Read our guide to offline vacancies, and make sure you’re looking in all the right places.

Other places to find advertised vacancies

Networking

Networking is using word of mouth to find out about the many jobs that aren’t advertised. If you learn to network effectively you’ll get inside information on jobs and careers, and build contacts who can help you find work. Applying for jobs that aren’t advertised also cuts down your competition for each vacancy. If you’re not networking already, we can help you to tap into the hidden jobs market today.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies can take the hard work out of job searching, especially if you have skills local employers are looking for. Agencies can specialize in temporary work, permanent work or specific sectors. Find out how to deal with recruitment agencies so you make sure they’re working hard to find you the right job.

Job Search Tips

Job hunting after a job loss can be tough. Maybe you loved your old job. Maybe you hated it. Either way, being laid off is a shock.

If you plan a careful job search, you have a better chance of landing a great next job. Follow these tips to make your job search a success.

Be positive: Most of all, don’t feel ashamed or guilty. If you’ve lost your job, you’re not alone. Read these tips for helping you Deal with Stress after a job loss.

Make a plan: A successful job search requires planning and time. When you’ve been laid off, your first need is often to earn money.  Find out about any Unemployment Benefits you may qualify for, and learn about More Benefits and Assistance. You may also think about temporary work as you keep searching for a long-term position.

Know your options: When you’re laid off from a job, you have experience in a particular occupation. You also have experience in a particular industry. As you look for a new job, you have several options. You can get advice about the best option for you at your local American Job Center. Laid-off job searchers have three basic options when looking for jobs:

Same occupation, same industry: If this is your goal, you can begin your job search by following the rest of the tips below.

New occupation and industry, similar skills:  You might decide to try a different type of job that requires similar skills as your former job. Explore this option at Change Careers .

New occupation and industry, new skills: Maybe the time is right to move to a whole new field and learn new skills. Explore this option at Change Careers or Get More Training . You might also want to visit my Skills my Future to find new career options to explore.

Network, network, network: Talking to everyone you know is key. Read about how  Networking  can help you find and land a job.

Polish your resume: When you apply for a job, your resume is often the only information an employer has about you. Make sure your resume shows why you are right for the job.

Hunt deep for job leads: Even during a recession, businesses are hiring. But you need to hunt for openings in many different ways. You should use job banks, job fairs, American Job Centers, and your personal network.

Be specific: We help you   by naming some targeted job titles and a short list of companies that exemplify your dream job. Other specific requests include asking others to review your resume or asking for a letter of recommendation. Do not, however, ask for information you can get on your own with a few seconds of Internet research.

Be passionate: When requesting help, don’t be a downer. Don’t bellow about being laid off. Don’t moan about how long you’ve been looking for work. Don’t whine about your dwindling finances. Don’t look or sound desperate, or try to pressure or guilt trip people into helping you. Negative energy does not open doors. Instead, focus your energy forward, for you will eventually connect with a great job. Get passionate about your next great gig. Share the excitement about the possibilities with others. Say things like “I am really looking forward to being part of a team again!” or “I am focusing my job search on the north end of town because there are some cool companies there and I think it’d be great if my next job had a quick commute.”

Be regular: People are busy and can’t possibly keep you in mind for weeks on end after one brief email or phone call. Reach out regularly – every week or two – with an upbeat update on your search and a request for contacts into some different companies.   It’s unlikely that a call or email from you every week or two will push anyone over the edge. It’s more likely that without regular follow-up, they’ll forget all about you in spite of wanting to help.

Be appreciative :Every second of time that someone is paying attention to you is a gift. If the information they offer you is not particularly helpful, say thank you anyway. Their time and attention has value. If you find yourself needing more than 30 minutes of someone’s assistance at one time, check in to be sure it’s okay with the person, and afterwards, the gracious thing to do is to offer to return the favor in some way, or perhaps take them to lunch as a gesture of appreciation. Even when they demur, they’ll feel appreciated.