If you’ve been job hunting for a while, you should already know the basic Do’s and Don’ts, but if you are just starting your employment search process, here are some tips that might be helpful.
HR managers are inundated with resumes, so instead of going through a traditional application process, try talking to the people you know, or reach out to those in your industry through LinkedIn. Your resume will make more impact if it’s handed to a hiring manager by someone they know than if it’s just sitting in a pile on their desk.
2. Do not befriend your boss on Facebook
Not pre-employment and not post-employment either. Connect with them through LinkedIn instead, and leave Facebook for your personal life only. You don’t want to give them any information to judge you on other than how well you do your job.
3. Make cover letters brief and personalised
Be brief and specific. Tell them why you’re interested in the job and what you have to offer them. It takes time but it helps you stand out – worth it!
4. Bring ideas to the interview
Do research on the company and understand their style and vision. Then come up with ideas and ways you can offer value to them – impress the hiring manager during your interview.
5. Thank them for the interview
After an interview, it’s important to send a ‘thank-you’ email to your interviewer. Tell them what impressed you and be polite, it will help them remember you.