Scoring an interview is the first step in landing the job of your dreams. It’s also nerve-racking because this is the hardest step for most promising candidates. Regardless if you’re interviewing for short term or seasonal work, an internship, or even to fill temp positions, you need to do great to land the job. What can you do to have an interview you can be proud of?
• Don’t get hung up on the “tell me what you do” portion of the interview.
• Prepare your elevator pitch. It should be 30 seconds and get straight to the point.
• Don’t hesitate to talk about your accomplishments. But don’t boast.
• Show off company knowledge. You want to work there, not just any place. Let me know you want to work there.
• Dress appropriately. And get used to the clothing a few days before the interview.
• Bring your portfolio, resume or CV.
• Shake their hand firmly. Even if they don’t offer first.
Landing a job is hard work. The process is often long, and many positions aren’t posted for the public. How can you make people want to hire you?
Research their company. Show an interest in working for them. Many applicants apply to any place, hoping they can get an interview. Most are not qualified for the position.
Focus on the Top Three Skills. Showcase your expertise and qualifications in every position you’ve held, including freelance and short term work, seasonal and temp positions, and internships. Focus on the top three skills the company is looking for. They’re the most important. Weave those into your resume or CV, cover letter, and bring it up during the interview. Be confident and show proof of what you can do.
Ask questions. When they conclude the interview asking if you have any questions, ask them questions. Do not reply, “No, that’s all.” Ask how they like their work, what drew them to the company, how long they’ve been working there, etc. The more conversational you are, the more likely the recruiter/ employer will remember you.
Say thank you. Send an email or a handwritten card thanking the interviewer for their time and tell them you look forward to hearing from them. Again, stay on their mind. With the average job post receiving 128 applications, you need to stand out from the crowd.
Show an interest outside of work. Have hobbies or passions. Show commitment to something, besides work. Work on side projects, volunteer, or pursue something a passion. If an employer sees you’ve committed to something else in your life, they’re more likely to see you as a committed and reliable future employee.
Smart, ambitious job seekers can still obtain their dream job without attending a top-tier university. You don’t need an Ivy League education to succeed in life. Oxford and American Ivy League schools don’t measure your creativity, skills, or capabilities. They just show how much you paid for your education.
All it gives you is a top-tier reputation, but that doesn’t do much. You gain the spotlight through your skills, relevant experience, volunteer work, short term work, internships, and so forth.
Identify what your dream job isn’t. You know what your dream job entails. What about what your dream job is not?
Use no’s to your advantage; you only need one yes. You have to work hard to get there.
Build a network. This is an essential step. It can lead to jobs not posted on job boards or websites. You can’t build a network when you never leave your house.
Do things other candidates aren’t doing to stand out. Does that mean completing seasonal projects, temporary positions, or internships on your off time? Do it and add it to your resume and portfolio.
Look at what’s available right now. Do your research. Acquire any skills or licenses you don’t currently have.
Show more than your resume. Don’t rely on it entirely to show who you are and your experience and skills. Create and maintain a portfolio to show off your work. Show employers what you can do. Prove what you say you can do.
Job seekers apply to thousands of job ads every day. Some job seekers, apply to every job post available, regardless if they qualify. In fact, some apply to 400-500 jobs over a period of 4-5 months without doing any research on the companies or job positions.
Searching for jobs is a difficult task. And it’s time-consuming; however, landing a job is achievable with the right methods. Goal setting, self-discipline, and determination are valuable skills to possess.
Seek out employers. Contact them directly and introduce yourself. Let them know about your skill set and how you can help their company. This method is especially useful for small businesses. Do this for internships, temp jobs, and seasonal and short term work.
Perfect your elevator pitch. Having a succinct and catchy 30-second speech is handy. It can help you network, introduce yourself, and breeze through an interview. Most interviewees don’t know how to handle the questions, “Tell me about yourself. What do you do?” and “Why are you a good fit for our company?”
Let them know you’ve done your research. Employers are more likely to listen or interview a candidate if they’ve shown interest in their company. This way they know you’re familiar with their values and what they’re looking for in an employee.
Don’t forget: stay organized. Keep track of every job ad and every employer you email. Note the date and set a reminder for a follow-up. It’s also helpful to keep a folder of tailored resumes and cover letters on your computer.
Thousands of job seekers apply for jobs every day. An average of 128 job seekers applies for a job ad. Of those 128, roughly 20% are invited for an interview.
It can be difficult to stand out from a pile of applications. You have 5-7 seconds to catch an employer’s attention with your resume. Let’s look at ways to change your CV or resume so you’re more likely to grab an employer’s attention.
Highlight relevant skills. This can include skills learned in non-paid environments, such as internships, temporary positions, seasonal and short term work, and volunteer work. Delete irrelevant work.
Tailor your resume. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resume. It’s a myth and it’s the quickest way for employers to toss your application in the trash. Tweak your CV for every job post.
Show off achievements. Back it up with evidence. Employers like to see results. Include numbers, statistics, and anything else to back up your skills and work experience. This can even include work from temp positions and short term work.
Use keywords. Chances are high if you submitted an application online, the first “pair of eyes” that will see your resume won’t be a person. Rather, a talent-management program will scan your resume for keywords and phrases relevant to the job ad. If they aren’t there, it gets tossed.
Be confident. If you’re not confident about your skills and experience, why should an employer have faith in you? Don’t be arrogant, but write your CV with confidence and be proud of your accomplishments.
Temporary employees play a vital role in many companies. Roughly 2 million people in the United States work in temp jobs every day. Temporary positions are growing in demand in an ever-changing economy. Hiring temp employees has many advantages.
Let’s look at some ways temporary positions and employees can help your company.
Know who you’re hiring before you commit. Many companies hesitate to hire an employee full-time without evidence of their work ethic. You can provide a trial period before you invite an employee on full term. You’ll be able to rate their performance and decide if they are a fit for your company.
Quickly fill a needed position. It’s easy to find temporary staff. Filling needed positions is often a quick task. It’s likely you’ll find numerous applicants who are qualified to fill the position, so you can focus on more important areas.
They’re professional and qualified. Temporary staff are often consultants, interns, and freelancers who are experts in their fields. You can use their talents and expertise on projects and other tasks. Plus, short-term workers are often passionate about their work, which shows through their commitment, work ethic, and level of work they put into their projects and performance.
Adjust workflow issues. Workflow issues can be due to vacancies, illness, leaves of absence, maternity and disability leave, and unexpected departures. Temp staff prove to be invaluable assets during peak seasonal times and employee shortages.
What’s your best experience with temporary employees?
Everyone wants to find the perfect job. Too many people are stuck with jobs they aren’t happy with – due to income, or an employer or work they’re not passionate about. It’s a tough place to be. We all want to find the perfect job, right?
Identify your passion and what you’re naturally good at. Reflecting on both these aspects will help you target what the perfect job looks like to you. It also makes it easier to identify actions you need to take to get there.
Discover how to make money doing what you love. It isn’t unheard of to hear about big time corporate executives giving up their high paying jobs in lieu of a job that pays less but they’re happy with.
Once you know what you want to do, brainstorm ways you can make money doing it. Temporary jobs, short term work, seasonal and temp positions are all great ways to find your perfect job.
Reflect on the past. Look at the jobs you’ve had in your life. Then identify the jobs or careers you’d like to have. Note the jobs you liked, didn’t like, and why. Then, rearrange your job list in order of importance. Which one speaks to you? Perfection is defined by you – no one can define it for you.
Take action. This is the most important step. Money can bring happiness, but only to a point. The rest is up to you.
What’s your biggest job search struggle? What’s your dream job?
In recent years, America has seen a steady rise of of non-traditional workers and jobs, including temporary workers, independent contingent workers, freelancers, and consultants.
With a healing economy, younger generations are especially drawn to temporary positions, and even work in the lines of entrepreneurship and freelancing. Many worry that social security benefits won’t be around much longer or they’ll be laid off. Temporary work is a better fit.
Every week, roughly 3 million Americans work for temporary agencies and temporary employers. On average, short term work lasts 11 weeks.
There are plenty of benefits for those seeking temporary positions and seasonal work. However, there are do’s and don’ts to landing a temp job. Let’s look at 5 ways to landing short term work.
Consider All Your Options Before Choosing Your Temp Job
Some temporary jobs may lead to full time employment or a career. If you have more than one option to consider, sit down and think them through.
Then decide which job is the best choice for your situation. Consider time, pay, hours, benefits, and if there’s a chance to secure a full time position.
Don’t Overdo Your Resume
Avoid stuffing your resume with information that will shout ‘overqualified.’ If you appear too qualified to a recruiter or temporary agency representative, it could make it more difficult for you to land any short term work.
Instead of dropping big names and corporate jargon in your resume, focus instead on your work ethic and how well you work with people. Don’t lie on your resume, but tone it down.
Prepare for the Interview
When preparing for the interview, keep the company’s and the interviewer’s perspectives in mind. An interviewer needs to know three things: Are you qualified? Will you fit in? And, will you cause any issues?
Use the interview to show off your people skills and your maturity. If you’re overqualified for the position, emphasize you’re great with people and you get along with everyone.
Regardless of how much debt you’re in, or how you got laid off from the company you’ve been with for over 20 years, avoid going over the top with any unfortunate situations. If all you do is talk about your grievances, your employer could read it as insincere and desperate.
Don’t lie. But also be honest with your employer about whether or not you’d like to work long term in the future. If you don’t plan on turning your freelance or short term job into anything long term, be up front. That way, there aren’t any surprises for your employer once you’re hired.
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