How to Write a Cover Letter

Try to write a cover letter with each resume you send out. If you send your resume via email, make the body of the email the cover letter.

Word has templates that you can easily follow for these letters, but if you wish to follow examples, here are a few:

(Your information)

(Date)

(4 blank rows)

(Company’s information)


Dear __________,


Paragraph 1 – Tell them the position you are interested in, where you heard of it, and/or which department in their company you are interested in joining.

Paragraph 2 – Tell them why you are so interested specifically in their company. Based on the job description, explain to them how you can help them succeed. Tell them about any related experience or achievements you have made that would make you the ideal candidate.

Paragraph 3 – Tell them you are attaching your resume, references, transcripts, etc.

Final Paragraph – Tell them you are anxious to hear from them and get an interview. Also, ask if they need anything else and to feel free to contact you if they have any further questions.

Regards,

(Handwritten signature)

(Type your name)

Enclosure: (resume, samples of work, application, etc.)

Things Not To Do In Your Job Search

When you are out on a job search, do not send out your resume to any advertised jobs. You will be wasting your time and effort applying for positions that you are not experienced or qualified for. It helps to be as precise as possible to match your skills and knowledge. If necessary, find specialist recruiters that can handle your particular field of specialization.
Below are thirteen more other examples of things that you should NOT do in your job search.

1. Did Not Check Resume

Write your resume to match the job requirement. When you adopt the strategy of applying to several advertisements, there is the tendency to send resume written specifically for another job.

Therefore, check your resume not just for the typo and grammatical errors, but also the content detail. Likewise, check the cover letter before posting.


2. Did Not Provide Enough Detail

Your resume should have sufficient detail of your personal information, education and work experiences.

Always give a short description of the company that you had work before especially if it is not well known.

Your personal information should have at least your full address, house or work phone number, your mobile number and email address. Do not include expected salary in your resume.

If you have time gap in your career such as taking a break for health reason, explain clearly so as not to jeopardize your chances. When called for an interview, explain further the reason for this time gap.

3. Did Not Write Customized Cover Letter

A customized cover letter will impress a prospective employer and may have you listed as one of the strong candidate for the job.

However, do not write a long cover letter. It should be only three paragraphs long. It must include reason for the cover letter, where you heard of this vacancy and lastly, information that will enhance your chances (that is not available in your resume).


4. Did Not Do Research

If you fail to research the company's background, its vision, goal, financial performance, shareholders and management team, then you may stumble if the interview questions are on these subjects. You may not be able to discuss and explain on what you can offer to the company and how you can fit in the organization.

Be a well-prepared candidate by doing research on the company and find out all that you can, to survive and succeed in the interview.


5. Did Not Read the Advertisement Properly

Most of the job applications end up in the rejected list simply because they fail to read the posting properly.

Read every single line and paragraph of the advertisement and be sure that it advertises for an electrical engineer and not an electronic engineer or mechanical engineer. Read the job's requirement, duties and responsibilities. If you have the strategy of applying for as many jobs as possible, you may end up applying for mismatched jobs.

6. Did Not Organize Your Job Search

It is best to have a dedicated email for all job searches and separate them from your personal email. With the amount of emails that you may get, you can easily miss an important message or fail to follow up on it, promptly.

If you are active in your job searches, you may forget that you had applied for a job with a particular company. If they call to fix an interview and if you are not organized, you may give a confused answer, as you may have no clue whatsoever of the application, position and the company.

7. Did Not Network or be in Mailing List

Some job advertisements are neither online nor in print. There are available only to those who are on their mailing list or given to recruitment agencies. If you know what organizations that you aspire to work for, register with them and be on their mailing list.

Alternatively, find contacts and other connections that can help you find and apply for these jobs.

8. Did Not Have a Positive Attitude

Some candidates tend to be arrogant in the style and language used in the cover letter. Be humble instead as it will work to your advantage.

Some may also show a negative attitude especially when expressing opinion of their previous companies or bosses. This will not reflect well on you and recruiters may disqualify you even if your education and work experiences match their needs.

Develop a positive attitude, as it will help you in interviews, meeting new and old contacts, networking calls and in everything else that you do. If you have positive attitude, others will think of you as someone that are pleasant to meet and know, and hopefully will land you that job.


9. Did Not Reveal the Right Information

If you are pregnant and are actively doing job searches, be transparent and tell the recruiter of your pregnancy, if it is not that obvious yet!

Interviews are conducted based on trust and if you are hired, you want the company to know that they hired the best person for the job and not someone who is out to deceive them. The best time to do this is when you received their letter of offer. However, if the pregnancy is obvious you may want to deal with the subject matter during the interview stage.

However, in some countries like the USA, you are not required to reveal your pregnancy or even your marital status.

10. Did Not Use the Right Keywords

If you submit your resume online, you have to use the right keywords to match your qualifications and work experiences, to get your email and resume noticed.

Therefore, when an employer or recruiter types a specific word to find the appropriate resume from their large database, chances are your resume will appear if it matches the search.


11. Did Not Ask for Help

There are many people in the same predicament as you and asking for help is not that difficult. It may make your job search easier for you.

For example, you may want someone to review and made changes to your resume and cover letters. Or you want to try new format and learn how to maximize and spice up on your knowledge and experience, for your resume. Ask friends or relatives for help.

Alternatively, you may try professional help.

12. Did Not Save File Properly

When you do your resume in word format, you should save it as .doc file and not as .docx file. If the hirer does not have the latest Microsoft Word software, he or she will not be able to open the .docx file. The .doc file is the older Microsoft Word version and can be open by everyone who has either the old or the new Microsoft Word.

To save it as .doc file, click on the 'File' tab, then on 'Save As' and type the file name of your resume.

Save it using your name so that hirer can easily know which file belongs to you i.e. save it as henrywilsonresume.doc. Likewise, do the same thing for the cover letter.

13. Did Not Follow the Rules of Job Search

Remember the dos and don'ts of job search including what you had read earlier. Writing good resumes, cover letter, be on time for the interview, dressed properly for the interview and sending thank-you note after the interview are examples of the dos of job search.

Spend time to prepare for the interview so that you will not make mistakes.

Dress appropriately for the job interview and make sure it is not messy, outdated and too revealing or flashy. Do not apply too much perfume and/or make-up. Keep a strong eye contact and have a firm handshake.

While it is OK to follow up with the recruiter after the interview, do not do it too often as it might annoy them and reduce your chances of being hired!

Follow all these tips and advice and you will find success in your job search.

8 Tips For a Successful Job Search

It does not matter if you are seeking your first job after college, a new job after a lay off, or looking to make a career transition, a job search can be stressful, challenging, and downright overwhelming. The good news is that it does not have to be. There are a number of strategies and practices that you can employ to improve your chances of having a successful job hunting experience.

Grow your employment seeker toolbox with these 8 tips for a successful job search and get down to the business of finding the right opportunity for you!

Searching For a Job IS Your Job

You heard that right! Until you have the job that you are looking for, searching for a job IS your job. Therefore, you should treat it like one. Get up at a scheduled time, keep a morning routine, and a daily schedule that will support your job search. This is a great opportunity to sharpen your time management skills. Time block your schedule so that you have time set aside in your weekly calendar to accommodate searching job listings, applying for positions, meeting with recruiters, networking, going on interviews, and follow-up. If you apply yourself as vigorously to your job search as you will to you new position you will find that these practices lead not only to improved results, but you will keep yourself in fine form and a daily rhythm that will make your transition back into a working schedule practically painless.

Quality Over Quantity

A common mistake that some people make is finding a company that they are interested in and applying for every position that they have available (or worse yet, applying for every job with every company posted on the entire job board). Your job search is not a game of craps, nor should shotgunning your resume be considered a legitimate job hunting strategy. That approach comes off as desperate and believe it or not, employers can tell. Look for the positions that fit your skill set and experience with companies that have the type of culture you are looking for in the right industry and apply accordingly.

Customize!

When you do find positions and companies that are the right fit for you make sure that you customize your cover letter and resume to match. Your cover letter should highlight skills you have that are mentioned in the job posting. The tone of your cover letter should always be professional, but you should tailor the tone to the culture of the company that you are applying to when possible. For example, a job with a technology company that has a youthful and fun image will be looking for a different candidate than a straight laced law firm. Your resume should also emphasize your experience and accomplishments in a way that aligns with the job posting.

Leverage Social Media

First and foremost, clean up your social media profiles to present a professional and personable image to potential employers. No matter how fantastic your resume is, a Facebook profile photo of you doing a keg stand, a Twitter feed espousing your distaste with a particular political group, or your R-rated blog about how much you hated your last boss will quickly disqualify you for most employers. Yes, these are your personal pages and it certainly is your right to post whatever you like on them, however, know that you will be judged in an era when employers plug your name into Google just minutes after they review your resume.

Also, build a strong profile on LinkedIn that is coordinated with your resume and cover letter. LinkedIn is a social media outlet that allows your professional image and resume to work for you 24/7. In addition to making sure that the information on your LinkedIn page is accurate, be sure to choose a professional head shot photo that conveys the right message to employers. Once you have a strong LinkedIn profile built, take the time to join some groups related to the industry that you want to work in and engage other users in discussions on professional topics to increase the visibility of your profile. Many recruiters use LinkedIn on a daily basis to locate new candidates for open positions. Who knows, you may even get a call from one of them because they were impressed with what they saw.

Network, Network, Network

Networking is critical. You can have all of the social media presence in the world, but if you aren't out there actually meeting people face-to-face then you are not effectively networking. There is a great saying, "Get online to get offline." Once you connect with people via social media meet with them for coffee or find out when their next hiring event is and go meet them there.

Make sure that when you are scheduling your time during your job hunt that you are setting aside time to go to job fairs, meet with recruiters face-to-face, and occasionally deliver a copy of your cover letter and resume to the hiring manager in person if it is appropriate. There are also many different types of networking social events that are sponsored by professional organizations in every industry that make excellent opportunities to meet people that may be key in landing your next job. Get out there and network!

Do Your Homework

Research is important in a successful job hunt. It will help you find the right companies and positions that fit your skills, experience, and personality. Just about every company has a website packed full of information about their corporate identity, history, values, and purpose. This is all fantastic information for you to be familiar with when you are looking for positions. It is even better information to be familiar with when you go to interview with them. Hiring Managers like to know it when a candidate has a genuine interest in their organization beyond it being a potential source for a paycheck.

Consider searching companies that you are pursuing on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook and follow them there as well. These company pages may give you more candid insight into company culture and projects that they are currently focused on. Many companies post new job opening when they become available which can give you an edge on those job seekers that limit themselves to job boards.

Sharpen & Grow Your Skills

While you are looking for a new position it is also a great time to sharpen your current skills and to pick up some new ones. Pay sites like Lynda.com are a great way to re-familiarize yourself with those Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel skills that you have not used in a long time. While pay sites do offer good information, there is an incredible amount of knowledge and classes available to you completely FREE through Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC), OpenCourseWare (OCW), and even YouTube! Take advantage of these sites and use them to be able to add new and relevant skills that are in demand to your resume. Here is a link to a list of free MOOC and OCW websites to get you started.

Stay Positive

One of the most important factors in a successful job search is to stay positive. It can be a challenge to keep a positive frame of mind when you face rejection from potential employers or worse yet, no answer at all. A great way to combat this challenge is to inject positivity into your day and your mindset. Start each morning with a talk from Ted.com or your favorite source of motivation and inspiration. Many people also have success using spoken affirmations to get themselves excited and focused for their daily job search activities. Give it a try and enjoy the difference that it makes for you.

You have got the tools. Now you have got some great tips to enhance your job searching strategies. It is time to be the best possible you that you can be and secure the opportunity to be great in the job that you are about to accept!

Share your favorite job searching tips in the comments and be sure to share any success stories using the tips shared in this post.

5 Ways to Increase your Chances of Getting Hired

Job hunting is not easy however, here are 5 tips to make it a little less frustrating and generate better results. As a hiring manager and recruiter who has looked at thousands upon thousands of resumes and cover letters, I'd like to share a few tips to help you increase the likelihood of getting hired. Some of these comments may seem obvious however most job hunters don't follow them.

If you take this advice you'll increase your hire ability factor 10X over your job seeking competition!

Know your skills and the job requirements and concentrate on jobs which you are actually qualified for. Read the job advertisement 2 times before responding. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements. If you don't meet the minimum requirements you're probably better off moving to another job. If you simply must respond make sure you meet at least 80% of the job requirements and write a compelling cover letter along with it.

  • Whether you write an email cover note, submit along to an online job posting or call in to the hiring company DON'T argue with the person you are addressing. Being polite goes a long way.
  • Ensure all your correspondence is type-o free with proper spelling. The reason is simply that its your first impression. If the impression is this person didn't take the time to check their correspondence they will probably make lots of mistakes on work they are assigned. So make your first impression a good one. Many hiring managers automatically disqualify candidates with misspelled words and type-os. It's worth taking the extra 5 minutes.
  • If the job listing requires a degree don't argue, if they want someone with related work experience don't tell them you're a fast-learner (they've heard it before). If you want them to consider you politely demonstrate by providing examples of how you have previously come through with your abilities.
  • Consider this, if a company wants a trainee they'll say "trainee okay" or "willing to train" or post that its an "entry level" job. If they require 5 years experience they might look at 4 years, but they certainly don't want 1 year or less. It may be simple economics, they simply may not have the time or budget to train extensively or they may have had previous experiences which was negative with trainees. Whatever unless you know someone who can personally recommend you in a situation like that you might want to direct your effort to other positions that your skills more closely match. .
  • You are always welcome to submit your resume but why would you spend the time applying to a job you are not at least 80% qualified for? If you have unique talents and abilities call them out on your resume. If you have skills that the job posting or job description indicate are needed make sure those are listed example, "Word and Excel required" if you have those skills ensure they are listed in your resume and cover note if you don't they won't necessarily have the luxury of time to call and find out even if you listed "computer literate" that's very vague. Make it easy for the hiring manager or recruiter to see that you are qualified!

Don't make the hiring manager/recruiter play "guess which job I'm applying to" On all correspondence your cover letter, the submit information portion, the subject line on an email, be sure to indicate the title of the job you are applying to and where you saw it advertised or who referred you to the position. This reduces the chance you'll be disqualified because someone can't figure out which job you are applying to.

Include a short cover sheet or cover note If emailing the resume just a short note outlining the position you're applying to, the qualifications you have that match the job you're applying to. Saying "I meet all the qualifications" is not a cover letter!.

Proof everything for type-o's - Re-read your resume/Proof your Cover letter for errors and ensure all dates are listed Think of it this way, if you submit a cover letter and/or a resume that has type-o's, misspelled words and incomplete dates and missing information what does this say about you? To many hiring companies it says sloppy! It says I don't check my work. It says hire me I don't check my work when its for me so I probably won't check it for you either. It says I didn't take the time to proof my work, I'm just not that serious.

  • Fact: some hiring managers and/or recruiters won't look at a resume any further if they see one type-o or one misspelled word!
  • Fact: Many resumes have the incorrect email and phone numbers on them. How is the recruiter/hiring company going to reach the job seeker?
  • Fact: Many recruiters/hiring managers instantly reject resumes with incomplete and missing dates and move on to consider candidates who took the time to ensure their starting month and year are on the resume along with the ending month and year 2001 is not complete information 2001-2002 is not complete 1/2001 to 5/2002 provides a more accurate picture of how long the candidate worked at a company.

Ensure you are reachable your email address and phone number is on every document you submit. If your resume gets separated from your cover note you'll want to ensure you have your email and telephone, name and job title applied for on all correspondence. And again, double check and make sure your contact information is correct. I An opportunity could be lost!

The Secrets of a Successful Job Search

Looking for a new job is usually not easy. Even in prosperous times, it can be stressful to find the right employment but in a recession it can seem like a nightmare. Many employers are laying off workers, others are cutting hours for existing employees, fewer and fewer are taking on staff.

People do find jobs, though. Sometimes, it's just pure luck but according to research in the UK's Guardian newspaper published January 2009 and conducted in the summer of 2008, it seems that some people have more successful strategies than others and it is these that find a new job.

Successful stategies for finding a job

It would seem obvious that the harder you look for work, the more likely you are to be successful. Of course, it's not always that easy. You have to do the right things and you also have to be in a positive frame of mind.

Job seekers, whether facing redundancy or already unemployed, can suffer from depression and get into a fatalistic frame of mind so that they have no hope of success. Unfortunately, this can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The less hope you have of finding work, the more this will communicate through your resumé and at interviews.

There are seven key factors that were present for successful job seekers, which are:
  1. A positive, optimistic attitude
  2. Constant and effective action
  3. Using contacts
  4. Contacting companies
  5. Effective decisions
  6. Going the extra mile
  7. Using online resources

Although the research does indicate that a job seeker's attitude and state of mind is important, it's really about making the search for employment a full-time occupation and leaving no stone unturned.

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It's understandable that job seekers, especially older ones, can allow themselves to become downcast and pessimistic. Older people are especially vulnerable to feeling depressed and hopeless. Many older job hunters feel they have little chance as many employers are looking for younger, less experienced workers, usually because they can pay them lower salaries.
Even so, no matter what your reason for feeling negative about your chances of a successful job hunt, you must maintain a positive attitude. If you don't believe in yourself, why should anybody else, including a prospective employer?

Make sure that your CV (Curriculum Vitae) or resume shows you off to best advantage. Your experience should be presented positively, even it isn't extensive. If this is the case, look at voluntary or leisure activities that could contribute to your experience.

If you get an interview, coming over as a positive person with an optimistic attitude is more likely to impress employers than if you are apologetic or negative. When challenged on some aspect of your experience or employment history, present your case in a positive way. For example, if the interviewer suggests that your experience as an office manager in an advertising agency doesn't equip you for the same position in an accountancy practice. You point out the similarities in the duties regardless of the sector of commerce of the company.

When I was in my 20s, I spent a year working in a London theatre box office selling tickets and doing the back office work involved as did all box office staff at that time. It was terrific fun but long hours and poorly paid. There was no way I wanted to spend my life doing this so I decided to look for another job. Because of the administrative work involved and the attention to detail needed, I found a new job in admin in a London office within a week.

The Guardian survey shows that those with a positive attitude to their job search were over 60% more likely to be successful than those without it.

Ten ways to look for a job

There are many ways to find a new job and many places to look. Here are ten of them.

  1. Look in newspapers or at their websites.
  2. Look in specialist magazines for your field of employment, again look at their websites particularly as some specialist publications are not readily available.
  3. Search online job sites.
  4. Register with employment agencies.
  5. Look at websites belonging to companies likely to have the kind of job you want. Some companies, particularly the large ones, post vacancies online.
  6. Talk to friends and family - they might know of suitable vacancies and you might hear of one before it is advertised.
  7. Get friends and family to ask their own friends to let them know if a suitableposition becomes available where they work. 
  8. You could let friends and followers on sites like Facebook and Twitter know you are job hunting and the kind of position you are looking for. I could understand that many people won't want to do this - I'm not sure if I would!
  9. If you are being very methodical in your search and keeping records, you could write a blog about your job hunting experiences although you probably should be wary of naming companies or individuals within them. Promote your blog and your methodical approach to looking for work might impress somebody enough to for them to contact you for an interview - caution recommended, of course.
  10. Send speculative letters and your resume to companies likely to employ somebody with your kind of qualifications and experience.

Tips For Interview Preparation

Tips for interview preparation as a companion to my interview questions and answers to help you get a job. It is only logical to prepare in every way that you can for the interview. Some of you reading this may have already been on multiple interviews, and you've not received call backs or otherwise any notification of how things went.

These days with the hunt for jobs being so competitive, you are likely to be up against some stiff competition. There are probably people who used to be hiring managers themselves vying for the same jobs. These people used to be on the other side of the desk giving the interviews, so they know what to do and how to impress.

Your interview is your one shot. These tips for interviewing are things that are simply prudent and helpful. Since I have some experience with hiring myself, I thought you might benefit from an insider's perspective to help you to be on the right track. It is truly up to you, but do not discount the value of preparation for your interview. It's like studying for the big test. You may not like to or want to do it, but it is undeniable that you have a better shot at an "A" with preparation than without. A job interview is no different. As interviewers, it is pretty easy to tell who isn't ready and prepared, and the chances we are going to call you with an offer are pretty slim, even if your qualifications are good. So, if you're on board with using these job interview tips to help you prepare for the big day, then let's dive in.

Tips for Interview Preparation

Before your interview, there are some definite steps you can take to prepare:

You should take the time to learn about the organization. Do a little research into the company. You should try to find out how big they are, some financial information (easy if they are a publicly traded company), and who their main competition is. Also, if you are not completely familiar with their product or service, you are going to look like a rube when asked a question during the interview about it.
You should have a specific jobs in mind. In other words, don't just go in and say any job is okay, even if that is how you feel about it. This makes you look desperate and also speaks to a lack of preparation. Take a bit of time to delve into which positions you are most interested in, even if they have only posted one opening. Sometimes an interviewer or HR, may feel you might be suited for a different available position.
Go back over your resume and review your qualifications for the job. Just make sure you can connect the dots.
This is an adjunct to the previous tip: you need to be ready to describe your experience briefly and be able to show how it relates it the job you seek.
Be ready to answer broad questions, such as "Why should I hire you?" "Why do you want this job?" "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" For tips with this see the hubs on Frequently Asked Interview Questions and Interview Question and Answers.
Practice interviewing with a friend or relative. This is the best interview preparation there is. If you don't have anyone, then you should do it in front of the mirror. I don't care how you think it looks, if you've practiced answering the questions, you won't be caught off guard when they are asked in the real interview.
Your personal appearance and the impression it gives are extremely important. I cannot stress this enough. As interviewers we don't have much to go on. If you miss this, your answers to the questions we ask may just be a secondary formality before we bid you a good day.
You must, absolutely must be well groomed. Take a shower, shave, put on deodorant, comb or brush your hair. To many people it may seem like common sense, and truly it is. Unfortunately, I could fill up several hubs with stories about the poor people who were ignorant of these facts. Not a single one of them heard from me again. Sorry, but there are always people who follow the rules that we can choose from. Unless your job is very specialized and you are in high demand, you need to fit in rather than try to be a rebel here.
You need to be appropriately dressed. Another common sense rule that, unfortunately, many have a problem following. One rule of thumb I have always heard is that it is better to be overdressed for your job interview than under-dressed. From my perspective, this has always been true. I would have thought less of someone interviewing with me in a tuxedo, than the countless people who showed up looking like they were going to the grocery store for eggs and milk in the middle of the night. Okay, so that's a little exaggeration, but you get the idea.
Don't smoke or chew gum. Even if you are going for a low end job, this is still a bad idea. Our building has always been no smoking as are many places indoors these days, so that's never been a problem. I would still say, though, that if you are a smoker try not to smoke at all after you've gotten dressed for your interview. Non-smokers can easily smell it on you, and it's almost never viewed as a positive. The gum chewing, not be be sexist, but it was always the ladies who came for an interview with gum. Never have I had a male interviewee chewing gum. Again, not a positive thing. Don't do it.

Interview time:

  • Be early for the job interview.
  • If possible try to learn the name of your interviewer beforehand and greet him or her with a firm handshake and eye contact. If you are usually bad with names, make sure you remember their name when they tell it to you. Say it several times in your head so as not to forget it. Also make sure to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.
  • Be polite and use good manners with everyone you meet. You don't want anything said about your demeanor afterward to affect your chances at getting the job.
  • Be cooperative and show enthusiasm.
  • Relax. Breathe deeply and fully exhale a few times before the interview. Visualize yourself doing well, and being on the ball. Take the time to answer each question concisely and completely. Don't rush and make an effort not to talk faster than normal.
  • Use proper English, and avoid the use of any slang. Also, don't use jargon unless you are very familiar with the industry, and your resume shows it. It just makes you look like you're trying too hard.
  • Use body language to show interest. An open posture is best, don't cross your arms. Use eye contact and don’t slouch. Also, avoid nervous tics such as foot tapping and crossed legs with ankles waving back and forth. This is distracting and poor form.
  • Try to ask questions about the specifics of position and the organization, but avoid any questions whose answers you could just as easily found on the company web site. This shows interest, but you still want to show that you have done your homework.
  • Don't ask any questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made. This may be hard, and often people don't want to waste their time when a job doesn't pay what they were hoping. The interview is not the time, though, unless the person giving the interview brings it up.
  • You should thank the interviewer a second time for meeting with your when you leave and shake hands.
  • Send a short thank you note following the interview. This is not at all cliche. In all the interviews I have given, I have only received a thank you note a handful of times, but I was always impressed by it. Perhaps it was because so few took the time.

Depending on the company and their hiring procedures, you could possibly get an offer and begin filling out paperwork after the interview. In case this happens, you want to make sure you bring the following items:

  1. Social Security card.
  2. Government-issued identification (driver’s license).
  3. Resume or application. The interviewer may already have this, and you may have filled out an application first before getting the interview. You still should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment if needed during or after the interview.
  4. References. Three references is customary. You need to get permission before using anyone as a reference, and talk to them to make sure that they will give you a good reference. You should not use relatives as references.
  5. Transcripts. Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed or degree awarded. This is on the bottom of the list because this if often obtained by the employer when following up on your references and application information. If this is needed, you are likely to be informed of the need beforehand.

And that is it for this list of job interview tips. Just another helpful bit of advice: treat the interview like you would a big test. Get plenty of rest the night before, and eat a good breakfast before going. This should keep you alert and able to think quickly to give the best answers to those questions. Good luck on your job interview!
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