When you don’t have much experience with the hiring process, you might have questions about how to approach it. Fortunately, a few simple tips can get you on the right track. Here’s a look at ten things all entry-level job seekers need to know.
1. Do Your Research
Research is your friend when you’re conducting a job search. Dig into the job description to learn more about what the company wants. Review the organization’s website to learn about its products, services, mission, and values. Check out its social media pages for insights into its culture. That allows you to work targeted details into your resume and interview answers, making you seem like a stronger match.
2. Be Professional, But Not Overly Formal
While you certainly want to come across as professional, too much formality can work against you. It’s okay (and even recommended) to let your personality shine through, so make sure it does when appropriate.
3. Avoid Winding Stories
Whether you’re writing your resume, creating a cover letter, or answering interview questions, brevity is your ally. Give enough details to highlight your capabilities without telling winding stories. That allows the main points to shine through with greater ease.
4. Have a Strong Employee Value Proposition
When you discuss your capabilities, you want to focus on showcasing a strong employee value proposition. Tell the hiring manager precisely how you’ll benefit the company, ensuring they see how your skills will elevate the team, boost productivity, and support profitability.
5. Don’t Skip the Cover Letter
Unless the job ad explicitly says not to send a cover letter, it’s best to submit one with your resume. It’s a chance to highlight the best of what you bring to the table. Plus, you can position yourself as a passionate candidate, which can set you apart.
6. Dress the Part
Having the right attire is essential during an interview. While you don’t necessarily need a suit, choosing an outfit that’s appropriate for the workplace and industry is a must. At a minimum, aim for business casual even if the workplace is very relaxed. For formal workplaces, go further, opting for a suit or something similar.
7. Avoid Cliches and Buzzwords
Clichés and buzzwords aren’t usually well-received by hiring managers. They won’t help you stand out from other candidates either, so it’s better to avoid them during the hiring process.
8. Be Honest
Exaggerating your capabilities, lying about credentials, and otherwise being dishonest on your application or during an interview usually comes back to bite you. If the hiring manager notices the inaccurate information, it usually means being removed from contention. If you’re hired, and it’s discovered later, termination is a possibility. Since that’s the case, it’s always best to be honest about what you bring to the table.
9. Portray Confidence
Confidence can get you far when you’re interviewing for a job. Practice your interview answers to make sure you can deliver them seamlessly. Make eye contact, have a firm handshake, and smile regularly. By doing that, you can come across as a more confident candidate.
10. Always Say Thank You
Expressing your appreciation throughout the hiring process makes you seem like a polite, professional candidate. Show your gratitude at the beginning and end of every interview, send thank you notes, and otherwise make sure that the hiring manager knows that you value their consideration.
Ultimately, the tips above can help you make a great first impression during the hiring process, increasing your odds of securing an offer. If you’d like to learn more or are seeking out new entry-level opportunities, the team at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today.