The Job Searching (from an employer’s perspective)

Job interview, interview tips,Summer is around the corner. What are your plans?

If you are still in school, you are likely interested in getting a job to get some resume-building experience while also stashing some cash for next year. If you are graduating or already in the job market, you may be seeking a great career opportunity. While resume building is not an “obvious” topic for a blog about being money smart, we see making money as the critical starting point to helping you build your future.

Submitting resumes and searching for a great opportunity is frustrating for everyone. In today’s world of resume scanning technology, voice mails, etc. – what can you do to set yourself apart and get the interview? Consider these tips from the employer’s perspective to learn how to show your future employer why YOU are the one!

These tips apply whether you are a college student seeking an internship OR a seasoned professional looking for a new career opportunity. A few simple steps can help your resume rise to the top!

  • Proof read your resume for grammatical errors, typos, and spelling errors. Your bullets should have a consistent verb tense AND should “match” each other. This tip seems so basic is shouldn’t be on this list – yet many job seekers do not do it..
  • Focus your goal statement on your résumé and any reference to goals in your cover letter to say that your interest is to use your skills to help your employer. It is amazing how many goal statements say something like “seeking an opportunity where I can apply my skills, experience, and abilities to further build my knowledge”. From an employer’s perspective, that is a lot about “you” without a reference to the value you will bring to the company.
  • Submit your résumé with an upbeat cover note, but keep the cover note brief. There are many standardized letters on the web – and using one is fine, but make sure you customize the note to suit your skills and the job you seek.
  • Call the company (assuming you know who it is), to confirm they received your résumé and inquire about their timing and process for filling the position.
  • Check your social media photos, posts, etc. to make sure a potential employer will not form negative opinions about you based on what they see or read.

When you are invited to interview,

  • Ask about the dress code and plan your interview wardrobe to suit.
  • Visit the company’s website to learn about their business before your interview.
  • Try to find out the name of the people who will interview you, and learn about their positions and backgrounds.

During the interview,

  • Make eye contact, relax and smile.
  • Treat everyone you meet as if they are the one who will hire you.
  • Use your manners.

If you follow these simple guidelines – you WILL shine among your peers. Good luck!

None of this is complicated, yet few manage to take these steps. Those who do will rise to the top and get a great job!

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15 thoughts on “The Job Searching (from an employer’s perspective)

  1. I am a sophmore in college and I found this article to be a great help. Although, it is slightly saddening to think that there are some people who actually have to be told a few of these things. Such as, considering the dress code and focusing more on the company and not on just yourself. It seems that most of this should be common knowledge. I am glad that they mentioned doing a little research on your interviewer because many people would not thing to do this. Although, people may not always know who it will be that will interview them, so that could present a problem there. Overall, I was very impressed with this. It was informative, but it was not too long.

  2. This article is great with explaining to people how your resume should be. People think that proof reading your resume is a simple one. I have a friend who had five different people read his resume, and no one caught that education was spelled wrong. I would suggest that when you read over your resume read each word backwards because you will be more likely to catch your missed spelled word. I was taught to proof read like that. It is more time consuming, but you will find it beneficial.

  3. I believe this is an excellent blog for people on the hunt for jobs. Resumes can be very bland, and one thing that can make your resume stand out is proper grammar and your ultimate goals stated at the top. Many people forget to ask important questions such as dress code, and who they will be meeting with for their interview. They believe that once they have an interview they are golden, however, that is very false. There is nothing else I could add to this blog, as I believe it is one of the best brief articles I have read, regarding someone seeking for a job.

  4. Hello! I loved this post considering that I will soon be on the job hunt. I took a career class at my university and it helped me a lot with learning about the interview process/ etc. Another great thing I learned to do outside of these tips is to take advantage of your resources. LSU has great resources through our HR department which help to reach out to business, but also help with your career path and resumes. Outside of universities, I’m sure plenty of outside organizations like churches etc. have similar resources. Not only can this help with your personal career, but also with networking for your future!

  5. Hello all,

    I am a first time blogger and I’m an undergrad senior soon to graduate from business school at Louisiana State University. I believe the majority of this blog is very informative and can help some people who haven’t been introduced to a business environment/interview situation.To that I will say most of the information is very formal and detailed, which in my opinion can negatively affect the potential interviewee. I think that the interviewee should act completely natural and be themselves. If one is to think to intensely about the formalities of what to do in an interview setting, then the formalities themselves can become a distraction. Focusing on smiling can become awkward for both the interviewer and interviewee if one (the interviewee) smiles at an inappropriate time. Also, I believe that social media photos should be tame, but I also believe they should accurately portray the person. If there are truly inappropriate photos on the social media page then they should obviously be deleted, but I will say the social media page of the individual shouldn’t be amended to the point of inaccuracy, say, portrayed in a false light.

  6. This article is very helpful, especially for me being that I graduate next year. Presenting the proper resume’ and etiquette in interviews are important in securing the job you want. These tips seem like common sense but we all forget the basics. One important tip mentioned is checking your social network to make sure there isn’t anything that will make an employer think negatively of you.

  7. Personally I think one of the most important things that was not outlined throughly, is the importance of reviewing the comany you are applying for. Making sure your goals are in-line with theirs, you do not want to obtain an occupation that will demand high hours of your time if it isnt going to be enjoyable. I understand with times being hard this can be an uneasy thing to do, but I beileve as a new graduate from college is important to instill the idea that you have the essence of choice.

  8. I totally agree with the statement about college student looking for resume-building jobs for the summer. The interviewing tips are great and it shows students how to be unique.
    I also like how the tips don’t just tell you what to do to get the interview, it also tell you what to wear and what to do during the interview.

  9. I’ve learned from experience as well as talking to people that hire employees to have confidence in yourself going into your interview, because it’s not all about what is on your resume versus someone else. It is much more about those few minutes that you are conversing with your possible future employer. Employers are interested in someone that meets the credentials, but maybe even more importantly someone that they’ll want to work with. So I say again, don’t be worried that you don’t even have a fighting chance because you know you aren’t the most qualified. Win them over in that interview.

  10. I felt like two key points are knowing that you should proof read your resume’ before you send it out and that you should search on the companies website before an interview to see what the company is about. The proof reading thing is self-explanatory. You don’t want to have all kinds of grammatical errors on your resume’ when employers are trying to look at it. What many people don’t know is that if you know a lot about the company when you go into the interview, they will be very impressed. One of the first questions many people as you in an interview is “So what do you know about our company?” If you have an answer for that question, you will have impressed them already.

  11. I think these tips are great. One tip I would add that many people overlook is limiting your resume to one page. It’s so simple that many people tend to overlook it and the truth is not many employers are going to look at a second page.

  12. Hello,
    Two points that I found interesting were proof-reading and social-media censorship. Recently, I gave my resume to a company at a job fair and while he went over my resume he found THREE errors, I was horrified that I had given my sub-par resume out to other companies that day. In censorship of your own social-media it is never a bad idea to check what comments or pictures your name might be attached to before applying.

    Great points!

  13. I never knew a cover note was recommended when sending in a resume to a company. I will have to check on the ones on the web and customize it to fit my standards and make sure I submit it the next time I send in my resume.

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