Growing up, we were taught to use our manners and have the proper etiquette for about every situation, but what about during our job search? We have all been there. Job searching can be extremely stressful and frustrating. Whether you are a fresh graduate, have moved to a new area or are anxious to leave your current employer, we tend to put extra pressure on ourselves and sometimes our sense of urgency clouds the way we handle ourselves throughout the process. With so many other job seekers looking for employment as well, how can you make an impression so that you will be remembered? These six simple tips will help you stay ahead of the game by showing proper job search manners and etiquette.
The first thing we do before searching for a job is re-vamp our resume. Selling yourself through your resume is key. A big mistake that is often made is having one generic resume for each job that you apply for. Going the extra mile and tailoring your resume to each specific job is important and will help your resume stand out from the rest. Also, make sure to proofread your resume before sending it out, you would not want to reference a certain position on your resume and send it to the wrong company – yikes!
Being polite and displaying proper grammar and punctuation can make or break receiving an interview or call back. Refrain from using slang words and do not bring up controversial or inappropriate topics. Showing proper grammar and job search manners sound simple, but it can go a long way toward landing your dream job and having a successful career.
Don’t let eagerness turn into pushiness
Patience, although very difficult, is important in the job search. Even though we want results and answers right away, we might not be at the top of the employer’s to-do list. It is acceptable to call – once. The last thing you want to do is harass the hiring manager about your job application. They are most likely trying to fill several positions at once and juggling numerous applications, so give them a break!
Dress to impress
Have you ever heard the phrase “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? I think this phrase is especially important if you are attending a career fair or networking event. Dressing appropriately and taking care of your appearance helps make a first impression and gets your foot in the door to starting a good conversation.
Turn off your phone
This goes for any situation in front of a prospective employer or co-workers, turn off your phone! If you are at a career fair, interview, or grabbing coffee with a prospective employer, leave your phone in the car or simply shut it off. Phones are distracting, and we tend to play with them when we are nervous. Be present in the moment and focus on the person or group of people in front of you. Shutting off your phone also proves that you are serious about the position and are not easily distracted.
Send a thank you note
Many say to send thank you notes after an interview with an employer. Personally, I think it is courteous to send a thank you note not only after an interview, but if they meet at a career fair or other networking event. After an interaction, you most likely receive their business card which includes their office information. This will help the employer recall your conversation and spark an interest in further communication.
There are obviously many different approaches job seekers can take to landing their perfect job but making sure they have proper job search manners and etiquette while doing so goes a long way with employers and gives them a great start to their new position. Now put your manners to the test: check out postings on AgCareers.com.