Job Search Questions – Answered!
The job search process can be confusing and overwhelming – even for the experienced job seekers. Between the job boards, applications, networking, resumes, cover letters, references, and especially the interview, I see why it can feel overwhelming. While we would like to help answer all your questions, there just isn’t enough time in one blog, but we have answered some of the most common job seeker questions for you.
I’ve applied everywhere but haven’t heard anything back. What am I doing wrong?
When it comes to applying for jobs, it’s all about quality over quantity. Carefully review the job description before applying. Tailor your cover letter, resume and response to each posting. Also, take time to review your resume and cover letter to ensure they are up to date with all of your information.
Should I apply for a job even if I don’t have the specified experience?
Absolutely! If you think you are qualified and able to handle the job requirements, it doesn’t hurt to apply. If you’re lacking in the amount of experience, education, or hard skills mentioned, that doesn’t necessarily rule you out as a candidate. Skills can be learned on the job and many employers are willing to train someone with the right attitude. This doesn’t mean to apply for every job posting you find though, be sure you are reasonably qualified for each specific job.
If a job posting asks for a cover letter, but I don’t have one, should I still apply?
No. This is starting off the processes by showing that you cannot follow direction which will reflect poorly on you. If this is a job that you are truly interested in, invest the time into putting together a well-developed cover letter, or whatever materials the job posting requests.
Should I consider a temporary staffing agency?
We strongly suggest partnering with a reputable staffing agency since many agencies have jobs available in a variety of industries with successful companies. For example, All Star Labor & Staffing has experienced hiring managers that sit down with you to discuss your specific employment needs, then find the right position for you. One interview with a staffing agency opens the doors to all of their jobs – instead of filling out an application for each positions.
How long should my resume be?
Your resume should be limited to one page. On average, a hiring manager spends less than a minute reviewing a resume, so your experience, skills and achievements need to shine through.
Do I put my references personal contact information on my resume?
Instead of putting their personal information directly on your resume for anyone to view, try adding the phrase: “References available upon request.” Protect the personal information of your reference, and if requested, it also lets you know that they are interested in you as a potential candidate. Of course, always have reliable personal references that you have already asked to be your reference beforehand, ready for contact upon request.
Should I include my salary history on my resume?
No, it is too early to discuss salary. Instead, wait until the interview process to talk about wage history and requirements. Bringing up wage requirements from the get go could hinder your chances of landing the job or even getting a call for an interview.
How early should I arrive for my interview?
Good practice is to arrive about ten to fifteen minutes early. While you wait, be sure to avoid talking on your phone or playing games. Instead, spend time reviewing your resume and mentally preparing for your interview.
Should I send a thank you message after my interview?
Yes! This stands out to hiring managers as a personal and professional touch where many other applicants may be lacking. This can be done either by hand or by email, but be sure to send it out as soon as possible after your interview.
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