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At some point in your career, there may be a time where you’re out of work for awhile. A gap on your resume is not a deal breaker if you know how to handle it. Here are three tips on how to handle a gap on your resume.
1. Take a positive approach. Describe how you used this time to prepare for your next job and what you learned from the situation.
2. Don’t dwell on the reason. Be clear and to the point when explaining the gap, but quickly move on to explaining the skills you have that make you the right fit for the job you’re applying for.
3. Take advantage of your cover letter. If you can’t downplay the gap, briefly use your cover letter to clear the air. Remember to keep a positive attitude in your explanation.
Have you been using the same job search techniques for a while now? And are you stuck on the job market? Maybe it’s time to rethink how you approach your job search. Here are some job search techniques that don’t work and you should stop using:
1. Don’t spend all of your search time online. Job boards can be great, but there is a lot of competition on there. Be sure to also use your connections and search paper ads as well.
2. Stop relying on the fact that you’re a “fast learner.” The ability to adapt is very useful, but employers are looking for somebody with tangible skills that can hit the ground running. Even if you’re not an obvious match, make an effort to show how the skills you do have can be applied to the job. This takes the focus off what you can’t do and puts it on what you can do.
3. Follow up with the interviewer or recruiter, but don’t do so with ridiculous frequency. There’s a difference between being proactive and being annoying. Too much follow-up can turn off a prospective employer.
1. Ask for suggestions from your classmates or instructors.
2. Find one that concentrates on your specialty.
3. Look for mentorship opportunities.
4. Location, location, location. Pick a professional or trade association that is easy for you to attend meetings regularly.
5. Have fun and make new friends that share your interests.
What you wear says something about you. And while there are many right things to wear to an interview, there are a few wrong things, too. Check out Monster.com’s 10 fashion no-no’s for a job interview.
- Crazy nails. Wild nail polish or nails that are too long can give the wrong impression. Even men should trim and file.
- Jangly jewelry. Wear only one earring per ear and no more than two rings per hand. And no face jewelry.
- Open-toed or backless shoes. Remember, it’s an interview, not a cocktail party.
- Bare legs. Sorry ladies, this applies even if it’s warm.
- Out-of-date-suit. Make sure your suit fits correctly and check your lapels. If needed, take the suit to a dry cleaner for a quick fix.
- Short skirt. Keep the hemline no higher than two inches above the knee. And no Capri pants or leggings.
- Leather jackets/blazers. For men or women, leave the leather at home.
- Turtlenecks (for men). At least for the first interview, wear a collared shirt and give strong thought to a tie.
- Trendy or sassy handbags. Choose a purse that’s conservative and inconspicuous.
- Brightly colored briefcases. If you bring a briefcase, make sure it’s black or brown and in good condition.
You often hear about good questions to ask during an interview. But what about those things you shouldn’t ask? Here are 10 questions from Forbes.com that could hurt your chances.
- Don’t ask questions you could have answered with a Google search.
- Never ask to change job details, schedule or salary.
- Don’t ask about gossip you heard.
- Avoid too many questions about the interviewer’s background.
- Don’t as about pay, time off and benefits. Save that for after they make an offer.
- “Do you do background checks?” (You’ll look like you have something to hide).
- “What does your company do?” (See question No. 1 above.)
- “How quickly can I be promoted?”
- “How soon can I apply for other positions in the company?”
- “Do you monitor email or Internet history?”
A job interview can make you feel as though you’re in the hot seat. But you can keep calm under pressure by remembering these tips from Forbes.com.
- Know the company. Research the company and write down questions in advance.
- Plan for the day. Print out your resume in advance, lay out your interview clothes, and plan how you’ll get there to arrive on time.
- Practice. Rehearse your answers, but don’t memorize them word for word. Instead, remember the points you want to get across.
- Eliminate the unknown. Not sure what to wear? Or even how to get there? Don’t be afraid to call them and simply ask if the company is business attire or business casual, and if there’s a recommended place to park or a direct bus or train line to their location.
- Arrive early. Being a little early helps you arrive relaxed and confident. It’ll make all the difference.
- Have a conversation. Treat it as a chance to get to know one another. Remember that the interviewer is just a human being trying to find the right candidate.
- Think positively. Visualize yourself doing a great job and tell yourself that you deserve it.
- Sit up straight. How you hold yourself makes an impression. So sit up straight and try not to fidget.
- Take a deep breath. A little nervousness is natural. So take a breath, tighten and untighten your hand, push your shoulders down…and keep on breathing.
- Focus on the job at hand. Don’t worry what the interviewer is thinking; just focus on what you’re doing.
- Accept mistakes. Employers aren’t looking for perfect. They’re looking for somebody who can do the job.
- Remember that there are other jobs. Maybe this one is right, maybe it isn’t. But it’s not the only one out there, so make sure you not only sell yourself, but that it’s a place where you really want to work.
We’ve all had one — an interview that just went wrong for some reason. But sometimes the reason is right in front of us. Check out this list of common interview misfires from Monster.com, and what you can do to avoid them.
1. Too much perfume or cologne. A little might be OK, but too much is simply too much. Better yet, wear none. You never know if your interviewer is scent-sensitive.
2. One-word answers. Few things frustrate an interviewer like one-word responses. Explain your answer, give examples, and help them get to know you.
3. Talking too much. Just as you don’t want to say too little, be careful not to ramble on too much. Answer the question concisely, with good examples as appropriate.
4. Lack of focus. Make sure your answers address the interviewer’s question and don’t get off topic.
5. No eye contact. Always looking down or somewhere else makes you seem uncomfortable or unconfident. Try to look the interviewer in the eye without making it a staring contest.
6. Too much slang. You’re intelligent, but the only way your interviewer can tell is by the way you speak. So try to avoid slang and filler words such as “um” and “like.”
7. Dishonesty. Nothing will kill your chances like not being truthful. Make an effort to be as honest and forthcoming as you can, while convincing them you’re the right person for the job.