Be better prepared during your job search. Starpoint's expert recruiters offer these tips to help you land your next job!

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  • Be Confident. Confidence in yourself will spur confidence others will have in you.
  • Cover The Basics Early On. When in an interview, spend more time on what differentiates you.
  • Check Out the Company. It’s important to find out as much as you can about the company to give you an interview edge over other candidates.
  • When interviewing for a position be sure to turn the proverbial Q&A structure into a conversation. This will establish a more organic and convincing relationship between you and the interviewer.
  • Do Not Underestimate Soft Skills! Your technical skills will get you the interview. However, your soft skills will ultimately get you the job!
  • Find A Challenge You Can Remedy. Every company is facing challenges at the moment. Find one you can fix.
  • Take Notes During The Interview. Use them to ask questions about topics mentioned earlier in the interview!
  • Ask Great Questions. When interviewing, the questions you ask are entirely indicative of how interested you are in the company.
  • Articulate Your Accomplishments. Recruiters and hiring managers want to hear how you've helped your previous company so whether you're writing a resume or speaking during an interview, be sure to articulate your accomplishments!
  • Seek Constructive Criticism: The people closest to you can be your most useful critics
  • Be Succinct. Long-winded answers will lose an interviewer's attention. Be sure to keep your answers clear and concise!
  • Give specific accomplishments during a job interview to show you've reached tangible goals.
  • Focus on Body Language Focusing on both your body language and the interviewer's is key to acing the interview!
  • Always bring samples of your work to an interview!
  • Prepare for an interview by writing a list of questions regarding your role & the company.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume and references to an interview.
  • Always send a "Thank You" note after an interview.
  • Don't be shy; ask for detailed job duties and expectations, so you know if the job is right for you.
  • When answering a question, be short and to the point. Too much information can confuse your interviewer.
  • Make sure you know the Interviewer's name and their background. This can give insight into what they are looking for in a candidate.
  • Be honest when addressing gaps in employment. A simple sentence clarifying you took time to travel, or took personal time for your health can lessen the need for further questioning.Prepare for every interview.
  • Understand the position and company you are interviewing for.
  • Research the hiring manager’s backgrounds on LinkedIn.
  • Make sure you know the Interviewers name, and take the time to research their background. This can give insight into what they are looking for in a candidate.
  • Practice as much as you can before an interview to be prepared for any question.
  • Give yourself extra time to get lost on the way to the office, to find parking, and check into the building.
  • Always bring a photo ID with you in case it’s required.
  • Arrive at the office 15 minutes early.
  • Dress business professional for all interviews.
  • Have extra copies of your resume ready for the individual that is interviewing you, it shows preparedness and initiative.
  • A firm handshake & good eye contact is an easy way to make a strong first impression
  • Always take notes and ask questions during an interview.
  • Follow the “70/30” rule and speak 70% of the time.
  • When asked a question, do not answer Yes or No, elaborate on your background and ask questions
  • Ask good questions and engage the interviewer by showing interest and providing detailed thoughtful responses.
  • Be creative, think deep, and sell yourself!
  • Remain true to your personality during an interview.
  • Show the interviewer that you are confident and have faith in your abilities.
  • At the end of an interview, make sure you understand what the next step is. Ask what comes next in the hiring process.
  • Answer the phone clearly and with a positive attitude.
    Phone Interview Tip
  • Speak to an employer in a quiet space and strong cell reception without speaker phone or any type of hands free device.
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  • Phone interviews are like “open-book tests.”
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  • Take Notes! When you are on the phone, make sure to take notes on the specifics of the conversation.
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  • Remember to keep your resume, notes, and the job description in front of you to reference.
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  • Make sure your voicemail is setup with a personal and professional greeting.
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  • If you are unable to speak to an employer, be sure to get the full name of the employer, person calling, phone number, and best time to call them back.
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  • Dress professionally, as if you were interviewing in-person.
    Skype Interview Tip
  • Treat a Skype and Phone interviews in the same way you would an in-person interview.
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  • Make sure you show a clean and conservative image when on a Skype interview. Clean up any messes in the area that the interviewer may see.
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  • Sign in to your Skype account 20 minutes early so you do not miss the session.
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  • While on a Skype interview, make sure the environment has proper lighting and is quiet – do not use headphones.
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  • Stay Relevant. When on an interview or writing a resume list your more relevant skills first, remove outdated skills and organize your skills into more familiar categories.
  • Facts First. When writing your resume, first jot down education, skills and awards, then enter your job titles, dates and company names. This will automatically create an outline for your resume.
  • Update, Update, Update. Continue to update your resume and keep a constant record of all achievements as they happen. Do not wait until a new opportunity presents itself and it is more difficult to recall your work.
  • Keep Your Resume Current. It will come in handy for all career advancements.
  • When writing your resume use key words that match the job description
  • List key achievements you made in previous positions, and always quantify in numbers (percentages, quantities, dollars, etc.) if you can.
  • Use an Omnichannel résumé to land your next job.
  • A resume should be no more than 3 pages in length.
  • Do not be afraid to go into detail about previous positions, resumes can be 2+ pages.
  • Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for and address the key qualifications/requirements from the job description.
  • Highlight the responsibilities you had in the past.
  • Post on as many job boards as you can.
  • Remember to include at least one way for people to reach you, an email address or phone number is best.
  • Avoid bold colors and fonts unless you are a designer.
  • Order your previous jobs chronologically.
  • Email your resume as a PDF in order to preserve formatting and to make sure it appears correctly to the viewer.
  • Upload your resume in Word format since some Applicant Tracking Systems do not convert PDF formats properly.
  • The best resumes are clean and bulleted!
  • Have between 5 – 8 bulleted sentences that summarize your day to day responsibilities at a previous job.
  • The best fonts to use on a resume are Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Make sure your LinkedIn profile is identical or similar to your resume. Consistency is key!
  • Create a positive online presence via social media, websites, published content etc. Use it to your advantage!
  • Your LinkedIn profile should be completely filled and include recommendations and a copy of your resume.
  • Make sure your picture on LinkedIn is professional.
  • Make sure all of your social media accounts are PRIVATE while interviewing.
  • Use social media responsibly; your future employer may check your accounts.
  • Self Evaluate. Take note of what you’ve accomplished in your career so far, your personal aspirations, and where you want to be next!
  • Market Yourself. Realize the big picture and how you can add value to it. Work towards selling that value every day and you will build a 'brand' for yourself!
  • Apply To The Right Job. Do not apply to every job you come across. Apply to the one you know you can truly add value and will enjoy.
  • Pay Attention to Skills. Research multiple job descriptions for the same role. If you compare the skills they are asking for against the skills you possess you will know exactly where you can improve!
  • Find Your Target Company In The News. Use the article as a topic of discussion when interviewing.
  • Look For Feedback. Take feedback seriously and seek it out whenever possible! This will help during any stage of your career.
  • Research the Industry. Researching the company you are applying for is required. Researching its industry gives you an edge!
  • Warm Up Your Network. Be sure to reach out to key contacts! Keep yourself fresh in their minds!
  • Specialize, Don't Generalize. You will get hired based both on your strengths and your professional interests, not the concepts you are simply familiar with.
  • Know Your Objectives. Is it a Promotion? Lateral Move? Total Career Change? Relocation? The answers will lead you to the right opportunities!
  • Set Short-Term Goals. If you set daily, more specific, short-term goals you will be less likely to get discouraged and more likely to get the job!
  • Take your time applying for a few choice jobs rather than aimlessly sending your resume to the masses.
  • Use an Omnichannel résumé to land your next job.
  • Clean Your Social Media Accounts When On A Job Search. Yes, hiring managers actually consider that!
  • Include Numbers In Your Resume. Metrics, data, & stats help both recruiters and hiring managers understand the impact you can make!
  • Study the Job Description. Then showcase your strengths in the areas that seem to be of the most importance to this particular role.
  • A solid reference vouching for your work ethic, skills & commitment to a project or team can become a deciding factor in your employment!
  • Consider volunteering if you lack experience in your desired field.
  • Identify Your Marketable Skills. Then leverage those skills to your advantage in each job opportunity!
  • Determine Your Career Goals. Then weigh your personal skill set against the required skill set to see what kind of experience you should be looking to gain!
  • Schedule informational meetings before your interview to have a better understanding of the company and your potential position.
  • Learn a new, valuable skill today. Take a course, go to a workshop, or even YouTube how to do something! It may be the deciding factor during your next interview!
  • Cater both your cover letter and resume to the position you are applying for.
  • Publish content while on your job search to increase your outreach & opportunities.
  • Develop anecdotes & stories that showcase your skills.
  • Make sure you are acquiring new professional skills to stay more marketable in the industry.
  • Make a list of target companies you are interested in working at, and check their careers pages often.
  • Have writing samples and references updated and ready to be sent to a prospective employer at all times.
  • Finding a job is like playing the lottery – the more times you play, the greater the chances are you’ll win!
  • Don’t give up, and know that your hard work will pay off in the end.
  • Track all of the jobs that you apply to.
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