Okay. I have friends saying to me, "Damn, girl. How did you get out to AZ and get a job so quickly?" I must admit that I am not the interview queen, and not since I was a teenager have I applied and scored a job within a one week period. But I took a different approach this time. If you're interested, read on...
Instead of applying for 1001 jobs at once, I only applied to 2 that I really felt I either a) was very qualified for, or b) offered entry level opportunity in which I was sure I could meet the qualifications rather quickly. Even though I have ambitions to be self-employed within the next 5 years, I made sure that I applied to companies that I could forsee myself in for years to come. Before I hit that apply button, I researched.
The Resume: There is a fantastic book out there called Resume Magic. It really help me improve my resume and accentuate my positives. Here is the link if you'd like to buy it.
The Callback: If you apply to a company that has a strong reputation and is a leader in its industry, you may want to be prepared for some initial questions over the phone.
The Interview: Dress professionally, yet comfortably. If you don't have a lot of money and need new clothes, try a) Marshalls or TJ Maxx (designer fashions at half the price!) b) a consignment or secondhand shop like Goodwill or Salvation Army. (you'd be suprised at the treasures you can find. c) look in the "free" section on Craigslist or Kijiji. People are often give away clothes that they can no longer fit. Wear some shoes that are broken in, but still fresh looking.
Don't schedule interviews with more than 3 companies in the same week. That way, you can concentrate or researching and learning what type of qualities the employer is looking for and preparing for that interview. You want to be that person and mold your qualifications around the person they want to hire. Have a list of questions ready and be prepared for questions asking you about professional challenges you've faced and how you've overcome them. I will post some interview looks next week. Bye-bye.