Election Day can be a motivator if you’re seeking employment or just trying to climb out of a dead end job. First, do a throughout self-assessment. Use your strengths as building blocks for your campaign. Be aware of your weaknesses so you can prepare for road bumps. Decide what career path best suits your needs.
Let your polished resume stand as your platform. Keep it clear, concise, and simple. Name your objective, list your qualifications, and then detail your experience. Get your resume out via internet, agencies, and direct mail.
Beat out other candidates at the interview. Dress conservatively in proper fitting clothes. Go light on make-up and cologne. Double check details such as loose threads, missing buttons, or lint.
Begin your introduction with a genuine smile and a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact and remain actively engaged during the process. Don’t let the interview become one-sided. Keep questions business relevant and show sincere interest.
Be honest about your qualifications. You owe that to any future employer as well as to yourself. Avoid any negativity. Do not put down former employers, colleagues, or yourself. Focus on what you have accomplished and your professional goals.
Follow up after the interview with a thank you note within 48 hours. Again, express interest in the position and reaffirm your qualifications.
Stay positive and may the best candidate win.