Your opportunity to make a positive impression is not over once the interview is finished. You may wonder if following up with your interviewer is too forward but it isn’t.

Use these tips to be a top contender for any role:

The most important thing to get across in an interview is not that you are smart and motivated – it’s that you are trustworthy. Trustworthiness is the fundamental trait that people automatically look for in others.

To be seen as trustworthy, you need to demonstrate warmth and competence. Warmth signals that you have good intentions, and competence signals that you can act on those good intentions. If you follow the usual interview advice and only focus on highlighting your competence, the interviewer may end up a bit wary of you.

Your resume is frequently the first a potential employer will see of you. Ultimately, a good resume means a good first impression and often the difference between an interview and the trash can. Your aim is to create a well- crafted, impressive document that displays the experience, accomplishments and skills that make you the perfect candidate for the job. 

No matter how well you’ve presented yourself in your resume and cover letter, it’s important to prepare and make the right impression at the interview. It’s the point at which the key impressions are given and decisions made. In fact, a recent study found that 44% of managers rely on their gut instinct to make a decision and 47% of managers make hiring decisions in 30 minutes or less so your first impression is critical.

As said in our earlier post networking can ultimately be the shoe in for your next career without you even knowing it.

If you don’t have a large network or want to build your existing network, use some or all of the social media platforms we suggest in order to get the most success in building you network.

It starts when we apply to college and continues through job applications and work presentations. How do we differentiate ourselves?

If everyone is bright, dynamic with similar skills and experience, what is going to separate your application, your presentation...you from the myriad of others?

Your personal brand is formed when you understand why you stand out from the crowd. It's identifying and communicating an image of what's authentic to you.

Social media can make or break your job search. It’s easy to assume that its role is purely social but today many hiring managers and recruiters use social media to find and connect with prospective employees. A well- constructed social media profile could lead to a wide variety of excellent career or internship opportunities. But social media can also damage your chances. If your profiles are not professional and tailored to the opportunities you want, employers will bypass you immediately.

 

Your cover letter is your second and sometimes final opportunity to secure an interview after your resume. A well-written cover letter is your chance to distinguish yourself from other applicants, selling yourself as an intriguing candidate beyond the standard bullet-pointed accomplishments of a resume. 

A strong professional network is becoming increasingly valuable to the job search process so it’s important to consistently make and maintain connections. After all, you never know when a contact might help you towards your career goals.

Now that you know what to include in your resume the next important thing you want to learn is how you should have your resume look. Keep in mind that your resume is frequently the first a potential employer will see of you and you want what they see to be good! The first impression your resume makes can often be the difference between an interview and the trash can. 

By Leanne Abraham, President, Premierehire

The most common mistake we find with resumes and cover letters is people trying to cover their bases so well that they actually become a generic word cloud; a well-crafted summary that just blends into the crowd.

My advice - put a stick in the ground! Get clear on what you are looking for and what you, uniquely you, have to offer. 

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