In yesterday’s blog, we took a look at the concept of finding a summer job, and how to present yourself in such a way that you are successful in doing so. Many young job seekers miss out on job opportunities because of simple missteps that can easily be avoided.
Yesterday, we took a look at recent Moneyville.ca article posted by Sheryl Smolkin that offered some tips on how to land that all-important summer job. First impressions go a long way, she alluded to. In today’s blog, we’d like to revisit her suggestions to job hunters in hopes to help them improve their chances.
No matter what job you are applying for, you’ll want to ensure you manage your personal hygiene properly. There really is never a reason to show up at a job interview looking dirty or smelling unpleasant. While this may sound obvious, you may be surprised at how often this happens.
One of Synergy’s hiring managers commented upon an experience he had during an interview not long ago. “The applicant came in looking as if he had just woken up in the clothes he was wearing,” he recalls, “Not only that, but I literally had to push my seat back in an attempt to avoid the foul stench of his breath.”
However, for the majority of job applicants that do show up neat, tidy and clean, there is another element to the job hunt that often gets overlooked. “More than one in five hiring managers also said they are less likely to hire a candidate who didn’t send a post-interview thank you note,” writes Smolkin.
She notes that “omitting this step shows a lack of follow through and sends a message that the applicant is not really serious about the opportunity.” Writing a short hand written note is all that is necessary, says Smolkin. It demonstrates an enthusiasm for the job and a great respect for the hiring manager.
Finally, we’d like to add that it’s always important to bring a résumé to a job interview. While this may also appear obvious, we’ve experienced a surprising number of job interviews with applicants who didn’t think it was necessary to bring one along. Doing so simply shows that you are prepared and serious about getting work. Good luck in your job search!