New employment opportunities can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. You could be switching careers, starting a new one or just looking for a new start. Regardless, of each step you're in you’ll have to go through the employment application process from resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and then getting accepted to work.
It’s exciting, but it comes with a lot of nerves and questions. Looking for new opportunities can take time. You want to find a career that meets your needs like income, interests and schedule. After deciding on a few companies you want to work with, you can get even more nervous about starting to submit documents to be considered. This is why we have created the article. We want to give you some helpful tips in preparing for new opportunities. We will mainly focus on the interview process, but we’ll list some great tips for resumes and cover letters as well.
Submitting a Resume and Cover Letter
Most jobs in Canada you're applying to are going to need a resume and cover letter. Cover letters can be tedious but they also showcase your skillset in a good way. Having a resume and cover letter is the first step in the application process. You need to do good at both to be accepted, so how do you make your resume and cover letter stand out? There are few things you can do to succeed. Here are some of our favourites.
Know the Company - Understand the company you're applying to. This should be thought out before handing in an application. You want to make sure you want to work here. If you’re applying for a career you don't take any interest in creating a resume and a cover letter will be difficult. You’ll also be more motivated to create a great application.
Relate to the Job description - Every job posting will show what the employer is looking for. Tailor your cover letter and resume exactly to the job description. It's your first step in showing the employer why they should bring you in for an interview. Only add relevant facts or facts that better your application. relating to the job description also means you need to have different resumes and cover letters for each place you're applying to.
Visually Appealing - Your resume and cover letter need to look good. The fonts should match each other along with spacing and anything else that impacts your resume and cover letter. How your resume looks visually is the first thing employers will see.
There are lots of other tips out there for resumes and cover letters. You can even find templates online that can create these outlines for you making them easy and accessible for anyone. Other tedious things can be said about resumes and cover letters like page length and spelling mistakes.
Of course, you shouldn't have any spelling mistakes. Always double or even triple-check your application before submitting it. It can harm your application. The page length of your resume and cover letter should be kept concise. Have your resume and cover letter with only relevant information. One page can be the industry standard for resumes and your cover letter.
Preparing for an Interview
After you’ve got the call to come for an interview, now it's time to prepare. Luckily, for you, if you have followed are 3 main guidelines for resumes and cover letters you're one step closer to being prepared fr your interview. Just like your application, your interview you’ll need to know the company and relate it to your experience and skills. Visually appealing also applies to interviews. It comes down to how you're dressed. Interviews can be some people's worst nightmare. They can imagine all the bad scenarios and only think of the worst, however by being prepared you’ll be able to ace your interview. There are a few things you can do to walk in and out of your interview confidently.
Understand the Company
Employers are notorious for asking about the company. It shows your level of understanding and means you want to work there. Even if the employer doesn't ask you can relate your answer to the company. Things like the mission statement, what they do and other organizations there a part of can be used in your questions. As we mention above you have most likely already done the reach on the company. You'll be ready to ace the question if it comes up. This is the question during an interview that can make you stand out against the other candidates.
It’s expected to look your best during an interview. You want to have the appropriate clothes like business or business casual. You also want to be neatly groomed. It shows you've put some time into getting ready. Dress-code is especially important for corporate settings. It shows you can meet the dress-code at work. Not everybody has dress clothes, so you can always ask a friend or buy them second-hand. In some Canadian cities as well they have programs that offer dress clothes for adults.
A common statistic you have heard once or twice before is body language is 70% of communication. You'll need to have good body language to ace your interview. A few key features of body language are walking into the interview, being seated and when talking. When walking into the interview you want to be standing up straight. Looking down at the floor or hunched over can look unprofessional and doesn't show a person they want to hire.
When being seated again sit straight up and have your hands by your sides. Being hunched over with your hands crossed your body doesn't show a confident person. The last key feature of body language is when you're talking. You'll want to be sitting up and maintain eye contact. It shows a level of professionalism.
Start Applying to Opportunities
The application process can be tedious, especially when it comes to down-writing your resume and cover letter, but it's a required step. Applying to jobs that you take an interest in will always be easier to do the work for the application process. You'll be motivated to do a good job. Being prepared for all parts of the application process can be the best thing you can do for yourself. It'll give you the confidence you need to ace the application process and get hired for the job you want. Remember interviews are a skill. They take time and practice to get better. It's always a good idea to practice these tips either by yourself or with friends and family.
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The interview process can cause a lot of unwanted anxiety, but being prepared can help you ace your interview. We have a created numerous articles around interviews to help you feel confident before and during your interview. Check out these articles below.