How you conduct yourself in the job search process matters! It will be important for your job search for everyone you interact with to have a great first impression of who you are and what you are about.
You’ve heard the advice regarding social media – don’t put anything in online that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. The same is true for any job search document you may create and submit. Your resume should be an accurate representation of the responsibilities and accomplishments you’ve held relevant to the opportunities you are seeking. And remember, the details matter! Be sure spelling is correct, grammar is accurate, formatting is consistent and everything is truthful and personalized to the organization.
We all know the little things matter, so whenever you are able, address those you are interacting with by their title and last name. Be sure to look them in the eye and extend your hand for a firm handshake upon making introductions.
Have you ‘Googled’ yourself lately? If the answer is no, you should, because potential employers are. It is your responsibility to ensure your online/digital footprint matches what they see when they meet you and interact with you in person.
Attitude, Appearance and Attire
Others perception of your interest, enthusiasm and general outlook are subjective factors that are often considered during the search process. Go back to the basics and use your “please” and “thank you’s” whenever you are able. Be sure to be gracious and know your actions are a window into the character that your potential colleagues see when they interact with you.
When it comes to appearance, business professional attire to most often appropriate. Generally, this would entail a solid color suit, a tailored or collared shirt or blouse, conservative makeup and jewelry, neatly trimmed hair and polished shoes in good condition. It is true that acceptable attire may depend based on the employer’s industry, but it can never hurt to be overdressed
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Dining and Eating
You may have the opportunity to go out to lunch or dinner as a part of your interview process. Though it may feel like a more casual interaction, you are still being evaluated. Be sure you are aware of basic dining etiquette and can read the non-verbal cues of those you are with. Attend one of our Etiquette Dinners to learn the ins and outs how to be professional over a meal!
For additional tips on professionalism, take a look at our Terp Guide.
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