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Top 12 do’s and do not’s when Job Hunting
Mary Campbell-Cree, 7 January 2013
The top DO NOT’s:
- Spelling mistakes in your CV, cover letter or email
- Using inappropriate email addresses, eg sexgod/barbiedoll@...
- Being dishonest about your background by inventing or badly downplaying your experience
- Google yourself, ensure you can be found professionally (eg Linkedin) and not unprofessionally (eg Facebook/Youtube)
- When going to an interview, don’t reek of cigarettes, after shave or perfume
- Don’t dress inappropriately
- For phone/skype interviews, make sure you have a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted
- Never interrupt an interview to look at a text or take a call
- Sharing too much personal information
- Running down a former employer
- Not doing your home work on the employer you are being interviewed for
- Having unprofessional voice mail messages. While job hunting, change your fun/zany message!
These are the top DO’s:
- For every role prepare / research carefully, both on yourself & the employer
- Tailor your email, cover letter, CV for each role
- Prepare for each interview - recruiter and employer
- If you are inexperienced or rusty with interviews, then rehearse
- Prepare real examples from your work history to answer interview questions
- Pick your interview outfit to match the image required
- Be positive about your past work experience
- Prepare questions to ask the employer
- Don’t be late, best to be a few minutes early
- Be on your best behaviour, be genuine. If you have to pretend then it is not the job for you
- If you’re asked a question you don’t know the answer to, tell the interviewer how you would find out!
- If you are applying for a role, where you have more experience than is req’d for the role, yet you are genuinely interested, tell the interviewer why you are interested
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