Personality traits that will overshadow your lack of experience during a job interview

While you might think that your lack of experience disqualifies you for the job, it is important to know that many recruiters are very personality-oriented. Your personality has the power to trump your lack of experience. During their conversation with you, they need to hear more about you and your experiences in order to know if you will be able to execute the tasks or not. Thankfully, through the interview, there are many personality traits you will be able to show.

 

Professionalism: A study conducted by Universum revealed that 86% of employers say that professionalism is a top requirement when looking for the perfect candidate. The recruiter should be able to tell whether or not you have professionalism the second you walk into the room. Take the time to make your research so you know how to dress for your interview at this company. Make sure your posture communicates a sense of confidence, do not use your phone while in the waiting room and make sure you approach them with a smile and firm handshake.

These 4 habits will make you seem very unprofessional in the workplace

Leadership: Recruiters want to feel that you are able to take the lead when necessary and motivate the team. You might be asked questions like “Talk about a time when you had to motivate the team so the job could get done” or “Do you see yourself as a leader? If yes, why?”. These are all questions you should practice before the interview. Always focus on real stories and practical examples that will help your recruiter match these traits to your job description

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Interpersonal skills: Get ready to answer questions about a time when you had to work with a difficult employee or client and explain what you did to get the job done despite the situation. Recruiters want to know that you won’t let your feeling get in the way of you delivering the work. They will need to clearly see that you are someone who can avoid and resolve conflict in the workplace. Also, it is very important to show on your resume that you have communication skills

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5 ways job seekers can show their communication skills to employers

Flexibility: One of the best employees are the ones who can adapt to change. In a world where things are constantly changing, recruiters need to make sure they are hiring a candidate who will be able to keep up with client’s and market’s needs. You need to understand that the word ‘flexible’ might sound good to write on your resume but provides absolutely no proof if not backed up with concrete example. During your interview, you can give an example of a time you had to deal with a client who changed his/her mind at the last minute. You can also show more of this trait by being flexible with the time and date of the interview.

 

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

 

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How can inexperienced job seekers increase their chances of landing their first ‘Real Job’

 

Having no significant experience can make the job search process very intimidating. However, this should not stop you from going after your dream job. If you put your mind and heart into it, nothing will be impossible.

If you are a young job seeker and are nervous about the process, here are 4 tips that will make it easier for you!

 

Spend time on your resume

You might not have any significant experience to put in your resume but this does not mean that you should not spend time to perfect it. Take the time you need to make it look nice! A sloppy resume automatically cuts your chances of success. Adjust fonts and font sizes to fill up the page and make things look systematic. Mention any experience you’ve had in college. Use your experiences as an intern or as a volunteer to fill in the gaps!

To learn more tips about how to make your resume more appealing, read this:

5 Tips for writing an attractive resume

Make sure you have good references

Do not hesitate to approach any employer you had in college and ask them to slide in a good word for you. It does not matter if you worked as a cashier at your cafeteria or at your college library. What matters is that you had strong work ethics, that you always showed up on time and that you found a way to work well while keeping your grades up! You could also ask teachers to write recommendations letters to increase your chances.

 

Do not let your parents make the contacts for you

We get it…you have no experience and your parents have the right contacts. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with your parents approaching someone for you, it is crucial that you make sure you are the one to do the follow-up. As soon as this contact gives the green light to approach, it is your responsibility to call or send an email to formally introduce yourself and express your interest in the company. When you make contact with an employer, you are showing that you are willing to work for the job. If your parents call, it tells your employer that they might want you to work there more than you do!

 

Focus on your strengths

Avoid apologizing for what you lack and start magnifying your strengths! Often, younger job seekers are self-conscious about their lack of experience and let it affect their confidence during interviews. Most of the time, recruiters will fall in love with your personality and confidence. You might not have the required years of experience but you can make up for it by showing how much you are willing to learn and put in the work. Also, do not hesitate to talk about your experiences and share how what you’ve learned from them will make you a good fit for the company. By focusing on what you do have instead of what you lack, you will glow with confidence and increase your chances of making a good impression.

How temporary job applicants can write better resumes

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4 common mistakes graduates make while searching for a job

Nothing truly prepares us for life after college. While it is possible to find the perfect job right after graduation, the conditions of the market are not always so welcoming.

Here are 4 common mistakes that make the job search process harder for college graduates.

 

Only searching outside of college walls

We get it… after all these years of late night studying, the first thing you want to do is get out of college and finally “enter the real world”. However, what many fresh graduates fail to realize is that their future job might be one convo at the career office away. The career office can assist you with job search, put you in contact with the right contacts and help you find a career in your field. Do not hesitate to approach them before graduation so you have time to truly benefit from their help.

Also read:

What college did not teach you about job search

 

Only searching through the internet

While the internet might be a good tool to search for jobs, it is not the only one. There are many useful tools at your disposal to find interesting job listings. The newspaper is one of them.

Networking events have the power to put you in contact with so many employers. Plus, being in a casual environment will help you relax and be more yourself, and as a result, help you make a better impression. When thousands of people are applying for the same position, one of the best ways to stand out is to show your personality. Call the alumni in your region, go to meetings and grow your network.

Career fairs are also a great way to meet interesting recruiters and learn more about their businesses. Put some energy into networking, get out there and seize opportunities.

 

Poorly using the tools available on the internet

There are so many job search websites with job listings that it can be hard to really know which techniques to apply. If there are one or two job sites that you find particularly useful, sign up for their email job alerts. This will help you stay in the loop.

Keep your documents organized by creating folders for each job application. This will help you avoid sending a resume saved under a certain company name, to 5 different institutions.

Also, use keywords as part of your search method: Type in the sector you wish the work in, the ideal location, you can try putting in your desired title (e.g., sales coordinator) but keep in mind that not all companies use the same title, skills and company name (if necessary). This will make the search so much easier for you and help you filter your results.

 

Wrong expectations

Many graduates look for the perfect job instead of focusing on experience. This, by no means means that you need to settle for the first job that comes along after college but it is important to realize that, some offers won’t be as glamourous as you would want them to be, but will help you acquire the experience you need to prepare you for your future job.

Also read:

Top Paying Jobs For People Straight Out Of College

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Why you have not been called back after your interview

Candidate waiting for a phone call

One of candidates’ biggest frustrations is when they do not get called back after an interview they are certain went incredibly well. While this might be frustrating, discouraging and make you feel like a failure, it is important to remember that there are many factors to consider.

 

Bureaucracy

Chances are, if you applied at a big company, you will wait longer. It is important to understand that there are probably many people involved in the decision process and that alone has the power to double the waiting period you would need to go through with a small business. There are documents that need to be screened by more than one department, decision makers who are on vacation, different opinions and more factors that make the process longer. When you remember this, you will develop the patience you need to wait for an answer without playing every possible worst case scenarios in your head. Easier said than done… I know. But keeping this in mind will make this stressful season easier to bear.

Wrong intuition

As much as it hurts to hear, maybe your intuition was wrong. You might have thought you were going to land the job for sure, but sometimes, what we think is not always reality. You may have just gotten the wrong impression. A way to avoid this is to give your interviewer enough time to speak and ask them useful questions that will give you an idea of what they think of you. Do not be so focused on telling them about how awesome YOU are that you do not take a time to step back and listen to what they have to say.

Another great candidate showed up

You come out of the interview certain you’ve made a great impression, you felt like everything went great, and you were probably right. However, remember you have competition! Sometimes it is not about you or your performance. It might happen that another candidate shows up after and just has something that adds a little bit more value to his application. The boss might have been asked by his cousin, to hire this candidate they need to help out. Truth is, there are many factors that could explain why they have not called you back. Take a deep breath and keep moving forward. There are many other job opportunities just waiting for you to apply.

Holidays and Week-Ends

Got interviewed right before a holiday or a week-end? Patience. This will most likely slow down the process. Most of the time, the date they set to call you back is just a rough estimate. They probably won’t call you on time and you need to be OK with it.

A useful tip: Set yourself up for success by assuming that timeline is really a guess, and then you will be delightfully surprised when they call on time.

 

If you are wondering how often and when to follow up, read this article:

How to follow up on a job application without annoying your recruiter?

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4 things all job seekers should do on week-ends

If you are currently seeking for a job, the week-end is not the time to put your research on pause! Here are 4 things you can do to stay active:

 

  • Stay prepared

Take the time to review your documents, to upgrade your portfolio and check your emails. keep an eye on incoming job alerts and be prepared to quickly respond. Recruiting activities are most active on the week-ends and it might be tempting to simply put your search on pause until Monday but it might be a good idea to stay active when only a few other people are.

 

  • Have coffee with your professional contacts

Networking is always a good idea, especially on week-ends when most busy business owners have a little more time. During the week, give a phone call to people who might be able to find you a position and ask them if they are available for a coffee or quick lunch over the week-end. Never underestimate the power of meeting people outside of the office.

 

  • Get ready for your interview

You know what they say: If you want something, you need to act as if you already have it. On week-ends, get ready for interviews. Buy a suit if you will need one.  Get useful tips on how to prepare for an interview on Shortstints.com and practice answering some questions in front of the mirror. Stay prepared at all times.

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How to get ready for a job interview? 6 tips to put the chances on your side

  • Look for interesting job listings

You might be tempted to simply sit back and wait for recruiters to get back to you but on week-ends, take the time to explore other listings. It might be the perfect time for you to see openings you had not paid attention to before.

 

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How to make your business portfolio stand out?

A portfolio is a collection of documents and/or samples of work (pictures, videos, writing…)  that you assemble together to show your future employer that you have the experience, skills, competencies and talent needed to do the job. A portfolio is meant to give the extra push your resume did not have the power to do alone. It is what will differentiate you from other candidates. It gives you an unexpected edge in interviews and lets the interviewer get a much clearer idea of what you can bring to the company.

A portfolio is necessary, especially when applying for creative positions such as: Writersbloggers, Web designers, because it:

  • Adds value to your application
  • Provides tangible proof of your skills
  • It differentiates you from other candidates
  • It allows you to show your personality

Make sure you mention, at the beginning of the interview, that you brought your portfolio with you. Then let the interviewer let you know when he/she is ready to see it.

How can you make sure your portfolio increases your chances of getting hired?

 

Keep it organized

A portfolio needs to be focused on a certain type of work. You might have multiple passions and more than one portfolio but it is important that you make sure each portfolio presents one field of expertise or separate them in sections. This will allow your recruiter to find exactly what he needs, when he needs it without having to go through multiple other things. Use categories. When you’ve got a lot of work to show off, placing everything on one page can be overwhelming.

 

Present your own projects

Employers like to see that you can go after what you want/need. Having personal experience besides your degree has the power to strongly impress your future employer and show that you have character. Find projects in your field that will benefit you and your portfolio. Contact clients, tell people about your services, start a blog about something you are passionate about. Portfolio documents could be items like: newsletter or blog articles you have written.

 

Make sure you update your portfolio regularly

A portfolio is like a resume. The more experience you acquire, the more your portfolio will change. Make sure you portray your newest work so that your portfolio can match the current demand and trends on the market. It is ok if at first, your portfolio does not have much to show. The most important thing is to start right so you can get off the ground.

 

Be original

Present your work in an original way, with boldness and confidence. Find ways to make it attractive and different. Never underestimate the power of visuals. Make sure you present something that will be easy to remember. If you are looking for ways to impress recruiters and employers with your career portfolio, it is important to incorporate your personal brand.

 

Make your portfolio digital

As technology continues to evolve, it’s crucial for job seekers to provide a digital copy of their portfolio. Online portfolios can be created with WordPress or you can publish your portfolio as PDF file. A digital version of your portfolio will make it easier to share!

 

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How can temp job seekers write stronger cover letters

Your past experiences are not always flattering on a resume. Most of the time, it does not really showcase what you are really capable of doing. Furthermore, most recruiters will not pay attention to your resume but focus on your cover letter. This is why it is so important to make your cover letter as appealing as possible.

By signing up on Shortstints today, you will be able to receive useful tips that will allow you to write better cover letter and resumes and increase your chances of finding a temp job.

How can you, as a job seeker, write a stronger cover letter and land the temp job of your dreams?

Think as if your recruiter will only read your cover letter

Think this way: Your cover letter is what will set you apart if ever your resume was not able to do so. The cover letter is you responding to “Do you have any last words on why you will be the right for our company?” It is basically your last shot to impress them without them having to meet you.

Do not treat your cover letter like a resume

Avoid repeating yourself. Do not use the cover letter to enumerate your experiences just like you did on your resume but use your cover letter to have an open conversation with your potential employer about how your skills can help the company. Use your cover letter to add additional details that you weren’t able to squeeze into your resume. Your cover letter tells a story. Make sure it represents yours well.

Be passionate 

One of the advantages of cover letters is that it allows you to use your own sentences. Make sure the way you write communicates how much you want the job and how motivated you are. Passion can be felt, even through a sheet of paper. Be sincere, honest and real.

Focus on the skills you DO have

Do not talk about the skills you do not have but rather, magnify your strengths. Your cover letter is your chance to show how you will be able to directly use your skills to serve the company. Resist the urge to apologize for things you cannot do. Do not say things like “While I only have 6 months of experience in this field…” Be confident in what you can do and keep a positive tone. The last thing you want your cover letter to communicate is insecurity.

Use a friendly tone

Be as natural as possible. Avoid being too formal while still respecting boundaries and showing respect. It is best when the recruiter can feel the tone of your voice while reading your letter. It will make him/her feel like they know you and that you are not just a name of a paper.

Have someone read it for you

It is always good to have someone read it for you. They will be able to see things that you missed (spelling mistakes, tone, wording etc…) After spending hours working on a letter, you are not always able to spot mistakes.

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How temporary job applicants can write better resumes

 

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Why you should actively search for a job right after the company your were working for has downsized

Loosing your job is no fun. Not only can it hurt our ego but it can also make us depressed. However, life does not stop after this. It is important to get back up. Instead of wasting time or taking time off after your company decides to let you go, it is crucial that you actively keep searching for a new job. Here are the reasons why:

There are still open positions waiting to be filled

The world did not end because you lost your job. There are still jobs available, waiting for you to apply! Searching for a job will help you focus on the bright future ahead. Do not let great opportunities pass you by by staying inactive.

It is the perfect time to re-evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

A new start is an opportunity to re-evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. When a company decides to downsize, you might still get cut even if your performance has nothing to do with their decision. However, loosing the job might be a great opportunity to really think about what you like. As soon as you get laid off from your job, take the time to update your resume by truly identifying what you are good at. It might also be the motivation you needed to choose another career path. By signing up on Shortstints, you will be able to learn more about job opportunities in the field you are interested in, get job tips and more.

Too much time off won’t look good on your resume

You may want to take a break and nurse your wounds, but it’s important to keep busy and not let the gap in your resume grow. Recruiters are always a little hesitant when it comes to hiring people who have spent time off from working. Unless it is for health reasons or more serious issues, it is crucial that you do not leave blank spaces between your work experiences. We all know that job search can sometimes be a long process so it is important not to waste any time. You can use a temp agency’s services to help you with the process and increase your chances  of finding the right job for you. If finding a new job takes longer than expected, it might be a good idea to enroll in an academic course that will help you add more value to your resume. The important thing is to keep your head in the game.

You might have old bosses who still think highly of you

One bad experience does not eliminate the positive ones. Take the time to remember your best work experiences and reach out to your old bosses to let them know you are now in the job search process. Even though your old boss might not be able to immediately hire you, he will be able to confidently recommend you. Having current references who can talk about your strengths and skills will greatly help you as you start your search for a new job.

 

Of course, it is also important to remember that you are human. You might need a little time to let your emotions come out. Acknowledge your feelings instead of repressing them. Cry if you have to and spend a day in bed if you need to. Yes, there is a time to wipe away your tears and put your chin up but it is also very important to give yourself some time to be true to yourself and be OK with it. Loosing your job can be embarrassing but it is very important to talk about it so you can feel better. Find a friend or family member who can listen and cheer you up. You can also seek professional help if you feel like you are sinking into depression. Do not let your emotions build up inside. You might even find people who went through the same thing and who will be able to give you some valuable advice and life lessons. Volunteering is also one of the best ways to take your mind off of bad things while doing something valuable. While you are searching for a new job, why not find ways of helping your community by painting an orphange or helping your church clean the park? There are so many things you can do instead of waiting in front of a computer screen. Get some fresh air, go out there and serve!

Life goes on, even after hurtful events. Do not stay on the ground but find ways to get back up and keep moving.

 

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Thinking about changing jobs ? How to manage your job search process while still employed.

The transition from one job to another is not always smooth. The job search process can present some challenges. Not only can it be long and draining but we also need to make sure that we are doing things the right way. Questions like 《How to make sure I leave while being in good terms with my boss?》 《When is the best time to schedule an interview?》 are all going through the job seeker’s head as he/she is preparing himself to transition.

Here are some tips that can make this transition smoother for you and also, help you make better decisions during this process

Do not take phone calls during work hours

Not only is this not professional but you will not be at ease, which can decrease your performance. Make sure you tell your prospect employer when are the best hours to call you for interviews or simple follow-ups. Avoid taking time from your current work hours to take care of anything related to your job search process. Try scheduling meetings during your lunch time if you are certain you will have enough time. If not, schedule calls during that time as there is nothing wrong with being on the phone on your lunch time. Just make sure you find the right environment; free of noise and away from bosses and colleagues.

Some employers can even meet you on week-ends, so always ask if that option is possible.

There are many options available to facilitate the recruiting process nowadays: Skype interviews are one of them. Make sure you explore all the options available to you so that your job search process does not affect your current job.

Have an open conversation with your current employer

The best way to ensure you leave in good terms is to be honest. If you have interviews scheduled, set some time aside to have an open conversation with your boss about the reasons you are considering leaving the company. Of course, make it clear that you have a few interviews scheduled and that nothing is settled yet. But taking the time to talk about it will show that you are open and honest and do not wait for the last minute to announce your departure. If you have already received a job offer from the other company, make sure you ask your boss what is important for you to do before you leave. Being honest might also encourage your current employer to try offering you advantages that will encourage you to stay with the company.

Always make sure it is worth it

Take your time to see if the advantages offered are worth leaving your current position for. Many times, employees jump too fast on opportunities because of frustration. They might be tired of waiting for that raise, tired of dealing with a boss or tired of doing the same things. While these are all good reasons, it is important not to let frustration cloud your judgement when choosing your next job. This takes us back to the second tip: have an honest conversation with your boss. You will be surprised at how it can be to renegotiate your salary or advantages after an open discussion. Of course, in order to benefit from this, you will need to make sure your performance as an employee adds value to the company. Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Keep in mind that you will never be able to please everybody. No matter what you do, some bosses might still not take your leave very well and that is ok. It is important that you choose the best option for you while of course respecting all of your engagements. Make sure you finish what needs to be finished. Make sure you finalize what can be finalized and that you are professionally in good terms with everybody.

 

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A few things job seekers should know about temp agencies

 

As you go through your job search process, you might consider working with a temp agency, but feel hesitant because you do not really know how they operate and how involved they will be in the hiring process. Working with a temp agency provides many benefits such as: helping you expand your network and facilitating the job search process.

Here are important things you need to know about temp agencies and how they operate:

How they work

Temp agencies also called staffing agencies provide a service that is beneficial for both employers and employees. Job seekers can go to a temp agency and generally find a job within a short period of time. Employers can get a position filled temporarily so the work is getting done while they search for a permanent employee. The best part is that, if the temp job goes well, both job seekers and employers can find themselves ready to go from temp to full-time.

What to expect when applying

Each temp agency has their own guidelines and different contracts with companies so their way of doing things may vary. However, in general, a temporary agency screens and interviews so many people so they can match them with the right job. They can place you in jobs with many different companies that the temp agency has contracts with. In the contract, the companies describe what type of work they need done and how much they will be paid.

You will be interviewed

The first step is to have a staffing specialist greet you and have you fill out an application/information sheet that helps to highlight your strengths. Do not forget to bring your resume. Some agencies can even help you bring some changes to it to make it more appealing. References for the type of work you are seeking and a background check are also generally required by the agency.

Your interview at the temp agency is similar to an interview you would have when you apply directly to a company looking for a new employee. The staff member will ask you questions about your employment history, strengths and about circumstances under which you left previous jobs.

You do not need to stress out the interview. Just show up prepared and avoid the general mistakes. You might also be asked to go through certain tests so the temp agency can use the results to match you with jobs they have from different companies.

You will need to sign a contract

When you decide to work for a temp agency, you will most likely be asked to sign a contract. The contract states that you are affiliated with the temp agency and have certain restrictions that need to be respected with the companies that they introduce you to. The temp agency will be the bridge between you and the company. You cannot accept any other temporary or permanent position with the company without going through the temp agency first. Also, you will need to go through the temp agency for any important decision. If you do not like the job or the boss you work with, you also need to go to the temp agency and share your concerns with them.

Should the company want to hire you permanently, they will pay the temp agency a certain amount to release you from your contract.

The temp agency is responsible for paying the workers they send to a company

The temp agency charges the company a set amount per hour from which they take a percentage. The temp agency is also responsible for collecting taxes from the temporary worker’s pay. All of this is specified in the contract that the company has with the temp agency.

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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