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- Avoid these mistakes in interviews
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Interview Dos and Don’ts
Listen up, y’all. Before you start interviewing for jobs, there’s a ton of preparation that needs to take place. It’s pretty easy to find tips for what you should do in an interview, like what you should say, what you should wear, and which types of questions you should prepare for. But have you ever considered taking the time to research what not to do during an interview? Because that’s just as important, if not more so.
For instance, don’t throw previous coworkers or managers whom you didn’t get along with under the bus. You’ll come off rude…trust us on that. You could make the recruiter think that the problem may be with you, not with your coworkers. You don’t want to make yourself look like someone who either a) doesn’t get along with others or b) complains about others at the office behind their backs. It’s not a good look.
However, you can spin past negative experiences at work into great examples of overcoming adversity in the workplace. These are exactly the types of strong answers that many hiring managers are looking for.
Another definite interview don’t? Never accept a lowball offer just because you’re tired of the job search. And definitely don’t tell them you’re desperate for a job and will take anything they have to offer. Doing this may land you the job, but you definitely won’t be paid what you’re actually worth.
It’s true that recruiters are looking for candidates that will do the job well for the lowest price. And even though you may not always feel like it, you do have value to bring to the table. So make sure you do your research on the field and the position you’re interviewing for beforehand so you know what’s typical for a starting salary or for someone with your level of experience and education.
Bet you can’t guess the other 3 things you should NEVER do in an interview…
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Making the perfect resume
Have you put together a resume yet? You probably have a LinkedIn account, which can be really helpful when applying to jobs online, but some also want an attached resume, and some jobs want your paper resume. Do you know how long your resume should be? Or what should be on it?
The general rule of thumb for resume length is one page. Yep, that’s it. This doesn’t mean that you should make your font size 8.5 to fit everything on the page. You’re just giving them the highlights – and you want to stand out. That means you don’t need to list all of the things you’ve ever done. You can customize your resume to the position that you’re applying for. Only include the most relevant information to the job. For instance, if you’re applying for a job in web development, you probably don’t need to include information about being a waiter in high school.
You also need to be reachable. Make your contact info as visible as possible. Include your name, phone number, and email address (please make yourself a professional email address!) at the top of the resume. You can also include the link to your LinkedIn here, which means that the potential employer can look further into your work experience and education if they want to.
Add some color! Design matters – but don’t go overboard. Make your name and section headers colored if you’d like to draw the recruiter’s eyes to the big info, but don’t make every section a different color!
In the News This Week:
Not again: Chipotle has shut down restaurants in the past due to customer illnesses traced back to the chain. And they’ve done it again in Virginia after new reports of recent customers being hospitalized within 24h of eating there.
Ed Sheeran: the British singer had a cameo in the season seven premier of Game of Thrones this last Sunday. Fans of the show had mixed feelings, with some of the negative commentary causing Sheeran to deactivate his Twitter account.
The 5 Types of Classes That’ll Give You A Career Boost (No Matter Which Field You Want to Go Into)
Throughout your time in college, you’ll find yourself taking similar classes over and over, usually because they are required for your major. In the midst of all of that, there is usually room for a few electives, and picking those is never as simple as it seems. Yes, most students look to take easy electives that will give them the credits they need to graduate, but we shouldn’t forget that these are opportunities to expand our knowledge in different areas and possibly apply this to a future career. With that in mind, here are a few classes that you may not have thought about but could be helpful and worth your time.
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