This may help:
Fundamental Job Search Advice Guide For 2010:
Obviously, this is a tough job market and if Champion cannot help you directly by employing you with one of our clients, we want to be able to help you find a good position on your own, quickly. We have put together a short, but valuable advice guide that may help:
- Always dress crisply for ANY job interview. It does not matter if you are interviewing for a part-time dirty job, or with an employment service, or with someone you know. ALWAYS dress to show that you have taken the time to RESPECT the meeting and the person with whom you will be meeting. A Coat and Tie are not always appropriate (it could be overkill), but a clean shirt (no tee shirts), clean pressed pants, polished shoes, wrinkle-free dress or business slacks and a clean blouse are critical. Do NOT wear earrings (guys) or piercings that can be seen. It may be okay once you are hired, but not for an interview. Leave the “club cologne” at home. Polish your shoes, brush your teeth and take a shower. Ladies: do NOT wear revealing clothes or deep necklines. Tats should be covered, especially the ones you paid a lot of money to have look like prison tats. How you arrive for an interview is a first impression that you cannot change later.
- Prepare YOUR ATTITUDE AND DEMEANOR for an interview. Get sleep the night before and don’t indulge in anything. You must be ultra-sharp. Even if you are desperately unemployed, you cannot look like it or act like it and make a positive impression. Hiring authorities WANT to hire POSITIVE people. They will in fact hire a good attitude and lesser skills before a negative attitude and great skills.
- Leave Early, Arrive Early. Anticipate the traffic being the worst. Make sure you have exact directions to the interview. There are no excuses that can overcome the bad first impression arriving late will make…even if you stopped to save the planet from an alien invader. The interviewer won’t know that until the evening news, and the interview was over for hours.
- Always Fill Out An Application Completely. Not doing so shows that you don’t care about doing what you are asked to do. Do NOT fill in any blank with “See Resume”. You may have a great resume, but that answer says: “I don’t care about the application”. It will be more difficult to get hired, if you have any chance at all.
- Research The Company. And have a detailed response to the question: “Do you know what our company does?” The answer: “You make stuff” does not cut it. If referred by a staffing company, get volume and detail. If applying on your own, do research on the internet. The answers you give will show that you have done your homework, and again, you need to separate yourself from the masses.
- The Same Goes for the JOB you are applying to. Know the job duties ahead so that you can speak with authority on why you are capable of achieving what the company needs. A staffing service can do this, and that will give you an edge. Ask them for the info and listen to their advice. If you have secured the interview with a hiring company via a phone call you can ask the person to describe the duties and goals of the position. If NONE of the job information is available to you before the interview, here is how to ask about it in the interview: “Ms. Interviewer, I am a productive worker and am eager to show an employer such as you what I can accomplish. Could you help me thoroughly understand the duties of a X (the job), with YOUR company so that I can speak to my relevant experience” (use your own words). NEVER say that you DON’T KNOW what an X does unless it is a unique title. If you do say that you will show that you MAY NOT be qualified for it.
- Answer Interview Questions Thoroughly. The interviewer does NOT know you, your expertise or what is in your head. They only know what you tell them. So when asked a question that can be answered in depth with more than a Yes or No, do so. But remember to answer in such a way that you are verbally showing the interviewer your experience, expertise and desire to do good work. Expand on HOW you do things, HOW you have accomplished tasks. HELP the interviewer VISUALIZE how you work and the duties you have performed.
- EYE CONTACT: Don’t look at your shoes, the wall or something else. Keep your focus on the interviewer without staring. Lack of eye contact says that you are not confident or that you are lying. Staring is just as unnerving to the interviewer. Practice interviews with a friend.
- The Resume: We do not have the room to tell you how to make a great resume. You can find that on the internet or our website. But USE SPELLCHECK. Then have someone look over the resume for grammar errors. Typically the first person to see your resume in a company is the HR person. Her job is to screen you out, not in. The first thing they will use is your resume. One error sends it to the can. Remember, it is a tough job market. Always bring extra copies for other people you might meet. MANY printers are having a sale on printed resumes.
- YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: “Cute” email addresses work with friends, not interviewers. If your email is FOXXY@aol.com, get a Google g-mail address for free that is more business-like.
- Cover Letter: Like the resume, we do not have room here. Go to the internet or our website: www.championjobs.com to learn how to do one. ALWAYS. But customize each one to the opportunity you are applying for. Again, employers are looking to hire people who will put out the effort to be the best.
- A Thank You Note. This is one way to separate you from 98% of all people. Email is okay, hand-written is good (unless you scribble), but the best is the Thank You Note (Nothing FANCY, just plain or conservative) that you have in the car. Make them out to each person you have met with on the envelops. Jot down in the card a: “Thank you for your time today. I am certain that I can be a great asset to (ABC) Company and look forward to proving that to you. Print your name, then sign it. Take your time. Be brief, but legible. Then take them back to the front desk and ask that they be distributed.
- Follow Up Calls: If you were asked to, great. If not, then be patient. Wait a week before you call. When you do get a hold of someone (this applies for email also) don’t ask “What’s Up?”. Use: “I am following up with you regarding our meeting of (Date) regarding the (X) position. As in the interview, I am confident that I can be of great value to (ABC) Company and am eager to prove that to your organization. Please let me know if I can provide any further information for you or if the position has been awarded to another person. Thank You. Respectfully, (your name)”. If you call and get voicemail, be confident, be brief and read the message above.
- DON’T apply to every job you see. Don’t be fooled by people who tell you to apply for everything and anything. If you are not qualified for the position that is open chances are you won’t get any audience at all. AND…applying for jobs you won’t get wastes resumes, time and you will get a rotten attitude. BUT…apply for ANY that are close, or ones that are in your field, industry and near home.
- When Interviewing, drop off resumes at companies on the same block. Do It. Be polite with the receptionist. Explain that you had an interview close to them and simply would like to drop off a resume, in case. He/She will tell the boss how good looking and polite you were.
- TURN OFF THE CELL! Or better, leave it in the car. PERIOD.
- Go alone. Don’t bring family or kids, unless you need an interpreter or physical assistance.
- Last: When you get a job, BE THE BEST EMPLOYEE in the whole company. It will help you stick with that company, regardless. Good luck! Pass this advice paper on to a friend!