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Start Communicating with Your Prospective Employer

Applying for a job is like selling yourself and your experience to the company. Generally if you want to sell something (especially over the Internet), it takes multiple contacts before someone’s ready to buy. There’s a reason for that. People believe that the more knowledge, trust and proof they have the better (and righter) their decision will be. The job application is the first and for many the last contact with a potential employer.

Here Are Just a Couple of Ways to  Increase the Number of Contacts:

1)    Before sending your application think of a relevant question to ask and call or email the contact person named in the job ad. First of all he/she might be involved in the hiring process. Secondly it may also give you a better understanding of the job and what to emphasize in your application. Remember to always send a thank you letter after someone has helped you.

2)    Be a human not a robot. Add a personal touch to your job application. Do a little research to find out the recruiter’s personal/professional interests. Write in the cover letter something along the lines of: “I am really interested in working with you because we share a love of…”.

3)    If you’re invited for an interview, pay close attention to the details. It’s important because after the interview you should definitely write a follow-up letter. Include: “I appreciate that you took time to have a thorough conversation with me and introduce the potential position”. Also mention something the recruiter told you that was interesting and made you think. Offer your thoughts and solutions (depending on the situation).

Utilizing this knowledge will definitely make you stand out. You’re now a person they kind of already know and who’s pleasant to communicate with. All of the above mentioned techniques humanize you and actually make the employer look for a reason to hire you.

“Almost” a Success Story

This is a story about a good friend, who was at the time in his first year of college. He applied for an Executive Assistant position in a small but reputable company. He didn’t have any experience in the required field (or hardly anywhere for that matter).

Despite the stiff competition, it turned out he was the second best. The employers liked him very much (and probably saw the great potential for growth), so they created an additional job for the young man. He was offered a position as a Research Assistant. You’re probably wondering how he managed to make the recruiters want him so badly.

First of all his CV was top-notch. It was neat, concise, articulate, confident and interesting (even contained some intriguing information). The resume was maximally adapted to the requirements of the job. Everything the student had ever achieved even remotely related to the position was put in the CV. The accomplishments were presented as something special and valuable. The resume painted a picture of a person with wide range of skills and a strong willpower. It was also fresh and creative.

Before writing the CV and motivation letter, the student analysed the job offer. He got a general idea which features of the candidate are valued the most by the employer. The motivation letter addressed a lot of the requirements with small success stories. They were about his previous work experience and different life events which had demanded similar skills. It showed that he had an ability to handle relevant problems.

Maybe here’s the most important part. One task of the candidate was to find some information on the Internet and use it to create graphs in Excel. He also had to write an article on a given subject. He managed to make a very good and thorough work quite fast. He was later told that he was one of the first who sent out the email with the motivation letter, resume and homework. It was really impressive and gave him a strong advantage. It was the key to the interview.

When he was asked to participate in the interview, he started to prepare right away. He read a book about the most frequently asked interview questions and searched for interview tips on the Internet. In conclusion he thought out answers to different interview questions. He tried to create a vision of himself as someone successful with strong convincing power. He even listened to the music that made him feel happy and energetic. After a long good night sleep he went to the interview and managed to shine so brightly that the employers were immediately sold.

A Simple Method to Help You Conquer Your Job Interview Fears

Do you get extremely nervous before a job interview?
What makes you most worried?
Do you think you’ve had job interview failures that were at least partially caused by nerves?
Does worrying disturb your concentration and the ability to keep a clear mind?

Here’s a method that has helped a lot of people to have a successful job interview. It was developed by Willis H. Carrier, an American engineer and inventor.

The Three-Step Method:

1)    Before going to the interview analyse your situation honestly and critically. Create the worst-case scenario in your mind. Consider everything that could possibly go wrong and think about the consequences. How bad are they really? You definitely won’t be executed or jailed.

2)    Accept the worst that could happen and imagine, that it has already come true. Get used to this possibility. It should take off the pressure and tension and make you ready if the interview turns out in the worst possible way.

3)    Things can only get better now. When you’re not worrying you’re able to concentrate. Start to improve the conditions of the worst-case scenario. While being interviewed be ready for the worst and you can calmly and freely give the interview an opposite direction.

A job interview isn’t the only place you can benefit from this method. You can use it in any nerve-wracking situation where you need to be calm and collected.