Many of you may have started writing their New Year's resolutions. If you don't know what New Year's resolutions are or, more importantly, how to achieve them, you can read and watch the video here. For those of you already familiar with this concept, I would like to suggest a few tips about landing that perfect job you want. You may have worked at the same office for 10 years and feel just fine, but maybe, somewhere deep within your heart, there's a great longing to do something different. If so, I hope this post will help you as I'm going to share with you 3 tips from the list published by Jay Goltz in New York Times last week. In addition to that, you will have a chance to download my interview with a very accomplished business lady from New Orleans sharing with you how to ace your job interview.
So, here're three tips that might help you become a better candidate for the job this year:
- Volunteer: Everyone of us volunteers in some capacity or another, but not too many people include their volunteering expertise into their resumes and cover letters. Jay Goltz advises to think of any positions "that speak to your commitment, your ability to solve problems, your ability to deal with difficult customer situations, your ability to get a job done." And if you're currently in-between jobs, use this time to volunteer for an organization or company that you like. That will look great on your resume and might add to your list of references.
- Learn something about the company: It is amazing, especially with the number of resources available online, to see people that come to an interview unprepared, knowing nothing about the company or organization where they would like to work. Jay Goltz points out that "with the advent of the Internet and Web sites, many companies expect you to be familiar with what it is they do. They also expect that you will speak convincingly about why you would love to work at their company." (bold type added). In today's world it is not the employer who talks about his/her company, but the candidate, the successful candidate, that is.
- Follow up: Let's say you haven't gotten the job you wanted, but it is not the end of the world. Jay Goldz speaks of the importance of a good follow up. Thank the employer for the opportunity to be interviewed for a position and leave the conversation open. "Ask if you can stay in touch. If you get an enthusiastic yes, be sure to do so. There is a good chance that the new hire won’t work out or that another position will open up."
Now, it's time for the interview I told you about. You can click here to download the full version, but before you do so make sure you watch a short clip from it below. In the clip, Deanna Causey will answer the question on some major cultural differences that Internationals working in the US experience. It's an interview for advanced students who shouldn't have any problems understanding what the person is talking about. So if you don't understand all of it yet, keep working, you'll get there! Have a great New Year's!