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Sample Thank You Letter Jor Job Hunting

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Sample Thank You Letter

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Date

Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Use the first paragraph to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you on the day of your interview. You need to mention the position title that you talked about in the interview

The second paragraph gives you another chance to sell yourself for the position that you interviewed for. Use examples of what the job position requires you to do to highlight your strengths. This is a place to make the point that you are the person that will be the perfect fit for the company and the position

In your closing paragraph, thank the interviewer again for his time and consideration. Reiterate your interest and excitement about the position that you applied for. Close your thank you letter by telling the interviewer that you look forward to hearing from him soon.

Sincerely,

Your Signature

Job Interview Follow Up

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Follow Up

Follow up after your job interview is very important to ensuring that you are offered the job. The interviewers will be seeing many applicants over the time that they are looking to fill in the job opening.

There are two steps to the follow up process that you will need to follow to ensure that your name stays in the interviewers mind.

The day that you come home from the interview, you will want to write a thank you letter to the interviewer. It is important to thank the interviewer for their time and consideration on the position that you were applying for. Mail the letter out the next morning to the interviewer.

The next step to the follow up to your interview is a follow up call. Many interviewers will give you an idea about when a decision will be made concerning the open position that you applied for.

If your interviewer did this, you will want to use that time line for when to place a follow up call. When there is no time frame as to when the decision will be made, it is best to make your follow up phone call two weeks from the day of the interview.

When you place the follow up phone call to the business that you interviewed with, you will want to ask for the person that you interviewed with. Introduce yourself, tell him that you had an interview with him, and give the date.

This will help to refresh his memory of whom he is talking to. At this point, you will want to ask about the status of the open position.

You will hear two answers.

One answer is that the position has been. The better answer is that they are still interviewing.

You can choose to ask the interviewer when they hope to make their final decision. As you wait for your job offer, continue to go on interviews and follow the process.

Never count on getting any job until you have received the call extending an offer of employment to you.

The Day of the Interview

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The Day of the Interview

The day of the interview, you will want to get dressed and pack your briefcase for the day.

Inside your briefcase, you will want to place 3 copies of your resume and two copies of your references. Other items that may come in handy are a couple of pens and a pad of paper to write information down on.

Leave for your interview earlier then you think you need to. The last thing that you want to do is to be a late for a job interview.

Punctuality is one of the most important qualities that employers want in their employees. The best way to make a good impression at a job interview is to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early.

Walk into the company and ask for the person that you will be interviewing with. Many times the interviewer will ask the person that you approached about you. You will want to make sure that you give this person a good first impression of you as well.

When you meet the person that you will be interviewing with, you will want to look them in the eye. Greet the interviewer with your best smile and a handshake.

Follow the interviewer to the place that you will be having the interview at.

Take the seat that the interviewer offers you. If you are wearing a coat, you will want to drape the coat on the back of the chair so that it does not get in the way during the interview.

Place your briefcase on the floor at you feet.

Sit up straight in the chair with both feet on the floor to give the best impression in your interview.

Smile as you answer the questions that you are asked. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Interviewers are taught that a lack of eye contact is a sign of a person lying to them. Do not let your nervousness make it look like you could be lying.

Try to answer the questions posed to you within 20 seconds of being asked. This will show that you are well prepared for this job interview.

At the end of the job interview, shake your interviewers hand and thank them him for his or her time. You should ask for the interviewer’s business card as you leave. This will help you when it comes to sending a thank you note to your interviewer.

Job Interview Attire

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Attire

There is a type of dress code when it comes to a job interview. There are dos and don’ts when it comes to what to wear.

Many times the first impression that you make with the clothing that you wear to an interview is the most important.

You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.

It is better to over dress for an interview. If you are truly unsure of what type of dress is expected at a job, it is better to dress your best for an interview.

This means a suit and button down top. This basic interview outfit will be overkill for many interviews.

The upside to choosing this tried and true look is that you will look pulled together and there is no way that the interviewer will think that you are under dressed.

There are many interview situations that do not require a suit. Many jobs are more casual then a suit and there for you can dress down a little bit.

For men, a button down shirt and tie with a nice pair of dress pants are ok for a more casual interview. Women can pair a nice blouse with dress slacks or a skirt.

The most important thing to remember when choosing an interview outfit is to make sure that you err on the conservative side. Tops should not be low cut and skirts should be no shorter then knee length for women.

For men, you will want to keep the color choices for your outfit on a muted scale.

All interview outfits should fit you well. An ill fitting interview outfit shows the interviewer that you do not take the time to make sure that your clothes fit. They will wonder if you will take the time to make sure that your work has no errors.

You also need to make sure that your interview clothes are pressed and wrinkle free. This will give you a clean crisp look.

You hair should be neat and tidy. Any makeup that you wear should be subtle and understated. Perfume and cologne should be skipped on the day of the interview.

You want to make sure that your accessories do not make an impression for you. You want to make sure that the interviewer is concentrating on what you have to say and not on what you are wearing.

It is a good idea to have 2 to 3 interview outfits that you can go to. Many jobs require more then one interview. You will need to have different outfits for each interview that you go on. Set these outfits aside in your closet so that you know they are what to wear to an interview.

What Not to Wear

Sweat pants

Jeans

Sneakers

Open toe sandals

Flip flops

Sleeveless tops

Low cut tops

Clothing with stains and holes

T-shirts

Baseball hat

Sunglasses

Workout clothing

Shorts

Skirts shorter then knee length

Lots of jewelry

Perfume and cologne

Bright makeup

Typical Job Interview Questions

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Typical Job Interview Questions

Tell me a little about yourself.

This is not an open question to go into every little detail about your life. You need to keep your answer to this open-ended question very professional. You will want to give a 1 to 2 minute summary of your professional life.

Describe a typical workday for you.

This is where you will want to highlight the skills that you use in your current job that will be beneficial to the job that you are applying. You want to make your day sound interesting and full of challenges that you meet and solve.

Why are you leaving your job?

This can be a tricky question for many job hunters. If you are changing careers, you may want to highlight some of the reasons that you are changing industries.

Answers that will work for many interviews is that you are looking to work closer to home and that you are looking for a company that you can grow with. One of the answers that you do not want to use is that you are looking for more money.

What is your best and what is your worse attribute?

Answering the first part of this question is often easy for most people in an interview. It is the second part that gives people trouble.

You need to say that something about you is bad, but you do not want the interviewer to see you in a bad light.

One of the best answers to the worse attribute is that you are a perfectionist and that you will keep working on a project until you get every little detail right.

What interests you about the job?

This is where some of your research will come in handy. You can point out how some of the responsibilities that the employer listed in their want ad are items that you have wanted to work with.

You can also point out that the company is at the cutting edge of your profession and that you want to grow with an industry leader.

The Job Interview and Preparation

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The Interview

Your resume was stunning. Your cover letter caught the attention of the hiring manager and moved your application to the top of the pile. You have landed one of the most coveted things on the road to landing the perfect job.

You have an interview set up!

Hold On! Just because you have gotten an interview, does not mean that you work is over on the road to getting the job. This is the time when you will need to put forth the extra effort to keep your name above the rest of the applicants when it comes to the job.

Hiring managers place their decision to hire someone for an open position almost entirely on the interview. This is the make or break part of the process to get the job. One false move and you will be back at the starting point scratching your head, wondering where it all went wrong.

Do not worry there is a way to make sure that you achieve success on your interview. Interviews are a basic part of the job search. There is a process to follow when it comes to interview, just like there is a process to follow when it comes to the other steps of landing the perfect job.

Preparation

Before you head out to an interview, it is important that you fully prepare for it. You will want to take these steps for every interview that you go on.

By preparing for job interviews, in advance you will help your success. This preparation should start a couple days before your actual interview.

It is important to research the company that you are interviewing with before you go on your interview.

The interviewer will ask you questions to see how well acquainted with the company that you have applied for. This will show the interviewer that you are truly interested in the company.

By doing the research, you will also know if you are truly interested in working for this company.

One of the things that you will want to do before the day of the interview is to take a dry run to the place of the interview. This is very important especially if you have never been to the company that you are interviewing with.

Drive to the company at the time that you would for the interview. This will give you an idea of what type of traffic you will hit on the way. You will also feel more comfortable and at ease the day of your interview by already knowing the lay of the land around the company.

Another step in the preparation process for the interview is to read over commonly asked interview questions and have your answers already planned out.

Most interviewers use the same questions and differ from the normal questions almost never. This makes it easy for you to know how you will answer almost any question that is given to you. This will help to keep you sounding assured of yourself.

By knowing what is going to be asked and having answers already planned out, you will be able to keep your nervousness to a minimum.

Job Application Process

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Job Application Process

As you begin to apply to the jobs that you have found through job hunting, you may begin to feel overwhelmed. You need to apply to many job openings to get the perfect job.

Because you are applying to many jobs, you need to stay organized with your job hunt. This organization will help you to succeed and get the job that you want.

One of the most important ways to stay organized when you are applying to jobs is to follow the same process every time that you apply. This will help you to get into a routine as you apply to the many jobs that you have found.

Follow whatever instructions may exist on the help wanted ad on how the employer wants you to apply to their job opening. This is a very important indicator to prospective employers about whether you can follow directions.

Some companies may want you to email them your resume as a word attachment.

Some will want you to cut and paste your resume into the main email. Another option that some companies use is that they will prefer you to apply directly through their web site for all job openings.

Do whatever the company that you are applying for requests.

After you have applied to the job, you will want to follow up with the employer. This is a way to check and make sure that they received your application and to check on the status of it.

The best time frame to wait for the follow up after sending in an application is a week. This will give the company time to look over your application. You can do this follow up through a phone call or email.

To make sure that you keep track of all the applications that you send out, it is good to use an application-tracking sheet.

Nothing is worse then receiving a call from a possible employer to set up and interview and you cannot remember applying to them.

Cover Letter Template

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Cover Letter Template

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
Date

Employer Contact Information
Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Salutation
Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

Body of Cover Letter

This is where you will use all of the information that you acquired to ask to be considered for the position that you are applying. This is one the first steps to selling yourself to get the perfect job

Complimentary Close:

Respectfully yours,

Signature:

Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)

Typed Signature

*Do not use the terms in bold from the template on your cover letter.*

Cover Letters

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Cover Letters

A cover letter is the document that you send along with your resume, to introduce yourself to prospective employers. Many employers will choose to skip over resumes because of the lack of a well written cover letter.

No matter what type of job that you are applying to you need a well written cover letter.

You can look at a cover letter as someone introducing you to speak in front of an audience. It is one short page to introduce yourself and give a brief highlight of your skills. This is the place where you can convince the prospective employer to look over your resume.

Many job hunters choose to write one cover letter and use it for every job that they apply to. This is not in their best interest to land the job. A form cover letter will read just like a form letter.

The hiring manager at the company that you are applying to, will not like the same cover letter being sent to every job opening. They want to see effort and creativeness put into the cover letters that they receive.

That having been said. You can use a cover letter template and then customize each cover letter to the job that you are applying to. This will set your cover letter apart from the rest and get you the job interview.

To be able to customize a cover letter template you are going to need some basic information about each job. One of the best practices of job hunting is to keep a copy of the help wanted ad that you are applying to. This will be a vital piece to refer to often as you prepare to apply to the job.

One of the pieces of information that you will want to have is where you saw the company’s ad and when. Many employers want to know which of their recruiting techniques are working.

Another piece of information that you will need from the help wanted ad is the list of qualifications. You will choose one to two of the qualifications that you are going to focus on in your cover letter. In the letter you will point out how your skills match these two qualifications.

The third piece of the cover letter information that you need is the name of the position that you are applying for.

This company may have many job openings that they are recruiting for. Make sure that they know what position that you want to be considered for.

If there is the name of a contact person on the help wanted ad, you will want to note this. It is better to address your cover letter to a specific person when you can. This will help to give your cover letter the feel of being individualized.

After you have used all of the information that you have gotten from the help wanted ad to write your cover letter, there is one vital point left to make.

You need to ask for an interview. This may seem like it is something that goes without saying.

This is not true. You need to make the point of asking to be called to set up an interview.

Make sure that you give contact information in your cover letter. The times that you are available to take a phone call is a great way to help the prospective employer get in contact with you.

You will also want to list your phone number in the cover letter as well.

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Networking and Job Hunting Numbers

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Networking

One of the least used resources for a job hunter is networking. Classes and books talk about using networking to find great job leads. They are right.

To find the perfect job, you will want to do some networking. Networking is talking to people in the field that you are looking to get a job in to find out about job leads that they may know about.

The biggest reason that you will want to use networking, as one of your job-hunting resources is that you will hear about job openings that are not advertised. Many of the best job openings never get posted to job boards.

The companies tell their employees about the job opening. Someone that the employees know will fill the position. The general public will never be aware that the job opening existed. This means that you will have little to no competition for the job.

The hardest part about networking is knowing the right people to get the job you want. You may not know anyone working in the field that you want to work. T

his will make networking difficult for you. It is hard to know about the best job openings when you cannot be looped into the grape vine about them.

Job Hunting By the Numbers

Job hunting can be looked at just like sales. Any salesperson will tell you that sales are a numbers game. This is also true for job hunting.

When it comes to looking for a job and applying you need to play by the numbers. You will not land every job that you apply for.

It is for this reason that you need to think of everything that you do as an investment into your final success.

Most job hunters will only hear back from about 30% of the jobs that they apply to. This number may seem low to you, but is an accurate average of the rates of return on job-hunting. Out of the number that you hear back from, you will go on the interview. Of the interviews that you go on, you may get a job offer from about 10% of them.

Here is the Breakdown

Resumes Sent Out 100
Interviews 30
Job offers 3

Now your return numbers will fair better then the average from using this process to get the perfect job. This is only a reminder that you need to apply to many jobs to land the perfect job.

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