No matter how much experience you have, always come to a job fair, or submit an application online, with an updated resume available! A resume is a document that provides potential employers with knowledge on your previous work experience, education and accomplishments.
A great resume:
Grabs the attention of employers and recruiters
Sells your strongest skills and accomplishments
Shows how you’re a match for a position or project
And most importantly, gets you a job interview
A resume should always be accompanied by a unique cover letter. Usually this short document is included when sending your resume in order to introduce yourself to the prospective employer. It’s your chance to talk a little about yourself, and sell why you are the perfect candidate for the open position.
Know the history of the company where you’re interviewing, especially if it’s a local staple. The more information you know about the company, the better your chances of impressing the interviewer. The New Orleans Public Library system is a great resource if you need access to a computer or free wifi. They also hosts monthly events like 1-on-1 Computer Tutoring and Job Seekers’ Help.
Be sure to test your technology several times before your interview. A common mistake is logging into your interview a few minutes beforehand only to have technical difficulties. Check your internet connectivity, test your equipment for audio and visual clarity, and learn the basics of the platform that will be used for the interview.
Preparation is key, even with virtual interviews. Practice your interview skills and body language on camera. Be sure to set up your space for the interview by picking a well lit area with a the neutral background. Researching the company can help you get ready and come up with questions to ask the interviewer.
Here are some common interview questions to prepare for:
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why should we hire you?
Just like an in-person interview, dress professionally. It will show the interviewer that you are a serious candidate for the position. For women, a blouse with pants or a skirt. Avoid flashy jewelry and distracting patterns. For men, a button up shirt or polo with slacks and a belt. A tie is optional, depending on the type of company you are applying for. Presenting yourself professionally will help you feel more confident and comfortable during the interview.
Do what you can to minimize interruptions. If possible, find a private space and inform anyone staying with you about your interview. Silence your phone, mute notifications on your computer and turn off the TV to help you focus. Sometimes distractions happen beyond your control, let the interviewer know at the beginning if you might anticipate any. During these uncertain times, understanding and patience go a long way. Take any distractions that may come up with stride.