It’s not about wearing expensive clothes. It’s about wearing something that helps you make the right impression on the interviewer. Pay attention to style, fit, and level of professionalism when shopping for interview attire. Use this handy infograph to guide you!
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Networking is a key part of job searching. It’s also a really hard part of job searching! It can be awkward, and it is often difficult to find a place to start. One option is to seek out community groups that offer networking events for free. Religious organizations, professional groups, and social organizations can all offer this type of resource.
For instance, Jewish Family Services (a United Way organization) offers a variety of career resources for free. All services are open to all!
This post is for you! Alexis Grant of The Muse has shared some great tips for using the internet to track down a contact person at your target company!
Once you have your contact’s name and email, be sure to have your cover letter reviewed – spelling and grammar errors on a letter are just as bad as errors on your resume. Bring your cover letter to drop-in critiques for help!
This post on The Ladders blog explains how to break your job search down into three distinct stages: Preparation, Search, and Close.
You can read the full post by Amanda Augustine here. Breaking the job search process down into manageable steps can help you to stay organized and keep on track! The Career Center is here to help – start with resume and cover letter preparation by getting a critique during our drop in hours.
In her infographic posted on AvidCareerist, Donna Svei points out some great questions that you need to answer before accepting a job offer. Learning about the company’s financial information, gauging the culture of the company, and finding out if a position is brand new can all help you to make a smart and educated decision about taking a job. It is much better to turn down an offer for a job that isn’t right for you than to realize a few months in that you are not happy and that you will have to start the job search process all over again!
In her article on Business Insider, Jacquelyn Smith describes 11 tips for calming nerves before a big presentation. Most of these tips are also great for preparing for an interview – especially if you have to give a presentation as part of an interview or meet with several interviewers at once!
Our favorite tip is the first one on the list – Prepare. Nothing can help you be more ready and more confident in an interview than to be prepared. Research the company, prepare questions to ask the interviewer, and practice your answers to common questions. Practice your introduction so that you can start your interview strong!
Do you need more practice? Try our online mock interview tool Perfect Interview! Access it through link in the Resources area of the Career Center website.
Interested in working for Allstate? Stop by Allstate’s Career Fair in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, June 26! Visit http://allstate-texas.jobs/ to learn about the many career opportunities available.