Applying for a Job: During and Post Pandemic

Overnight the landscape of hiring and applying for jobs changed. Now more than ever employers want to know that the people who work at their organizations are dedicated and want careers not jobs. The following are a list of tips and tricks that should help in your new “Career Search”:

REVIEW JOB BOARDS FOR JOBS YOU

  • Why? To develop the skills that are essential or necessary to effectively perform that job.
  • Assess if you’re looking for benefits, title, pay, location or work schedule.

APPLY IF THEY HAVE OPENINGS

  • There is nothing worse than getting an unsolicited resume which do not match any immediate need.
  • Contact whomever performs the hiring functions and inquire if there are openings. Ask for time or an interview right then. People are forgetful get a commitment as soon as possible.
  • Read the posting and tailor your resume to the overall job
  • Please review for style, content, grammar and spelling.
  • The goal is to get a call back not to submit and hope for the best.

THE INTERVIEW

  • Always bring a printed copy of your resume and note pad with questions. Even if no one ask to see it; it signals you are prepared.
  • Make sure you understand your own resume. Do not lie, when you’re caught no one will forgive the misleading tactics used to get the job. If you can not do something be forthcoming with that information and even quicker to illustrate your willingness to adapt and learn.
  • Always send a thank you note, pointed persistence pays. An email is sufficient.

COME EARLY, LIKE TEN MINUTES

  • Anything more shows desperation and may impact your negotiations.

THE OFFER & ACCEPTANCE

  • Check your emails (and spam) often and answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize.
  • Ask for what you want and be prepared to answer “What are your expectations for compensation?”

By Grace Hixson, Head of Human Resources at Arlgass Yamamura

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