Given everything that has happened in just the first half of 2020, it’s no surprise that the job market has become even more competitive. With millions of Americans laid off or forced to take pay cuts, it can be difficult to find work. And though there are plenty of work-from-home jobs available out there, there are tens of thousands of other candidates vying for a limited number of positions. It doesn’t hurt to put some time into strategizing how to get your name at the top of the list.
In this article, we are going to talk about some tips and tricks that can make you a more employable option for the position you are hoping to get. Here are just some of the ways to show potential employers that you’re the right person for the job:
1. Dress to impress
Even if your job interview is not in person, it is still important to look as employable as possible. Dress appropriately and professionally. This means wearing pants even if it is a laptop screen you’re talking to!
Being properly dressed will let your prospective employer know that you take the position seriously and that you are willing to go the extra mile to get it.
2. Do your research
There are a few things you need to perform research on before you send in that application, but two in particular can’t be neglected: what the company does and what the position entails.
An employer is more likely to hire someone who understands right off the bat what is needed of them, as it can greatly reduce the time spent training and onboarding a new employee.
3. Be punctual
There is nothing more indicative that a person has bad habits than if they are habitually late. Being late for appointments with a prospective employer can ruin their impression of you right off the bat, no matter how qualified you are. Tardiness is a clear sign of insensitivity, that you don’t care about how your activities impact the time of other people.
4. Ready yourself with a list of questions
It goes without saying that you should ready yourself for any possible question that might be asked, but few guides ever recommend that you ready questions you should be asking your interviewer.
Do not be afraid to ask what benefits the position offers, questions about how the company protects its employees, and so on. It will show your prospective employer that you are a conscientious employee who knows and acknowledges your own rights. If you don’t get the job because your questions scare off the employer, then the workplace might not be the right fit for you anyway!
5. Inject a bit of yourself in your answers and application
At the end of the day, prospective employers are looking for more than just a position and role to be filled. They are looking for a human being to fill it. And the interviews are there to determine if there are qualities and personality traits that they had no idea their company might need.
Unfortunately, with the thousands of guides out there about how to answer job interview questions, applicants tend to give robotic and generic answers to many of the questions. As such, it is important to set yourself apart—emphasis on you.
Whatever industry you might work in, and whatever position you might be applying for, it is important to do your due diligence towards acquiring that position. It is important to make yourself look and seem as presentable as possible, all while adding that unique flair that is your inherent value as a human being. And if you do get that job, good for you! If not, just keep trying.
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